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Visit York Tourism Awards 2012

Visit York Tourism Awards 2012

11:13am 27th April 2012
(Updated 1:36pm 27th April 2012)

The Visit York Tourism Awards 2012 took place last night (Thursday 26th April 2012)

In a glittering black tie dinner in Station Hall at the National Railway Museum, Minster FM attended a drinks reception, awards presentation and dinner.

It was a real opportunity for representatives from both the tourism industry and the wider business community to join together and celebrate the achievements of the shortlisted businesses and also the contribution tourism makes to the city’s economy.

Minster FM's Tracy Gee spoke to some of the winners.

El-Piano won the award for the Taste of York (voted for by the public). Listen to their interview below:

Tom Percy and the team from from York Maze won Best Marketing Campaign. Listen to their interview below:

The Ice Factor won Best Visitor Attraction of the Year (50,000 visitors and over). Listen to their interview below:


The Golden Fleece also scooped an award for Best Bar/Pub of the Year. Listen to their interview below:

Visit York Tourism Awards 2012

Visit York Tourism Awards 2012 - winners pic

Further Details from Visit York

Thirteen winning businesses were celebrating last night (Thursday 26 April 2012) at the 15th Visit York Tourism Awards ceremony, hosted by BBC Presenter Phil Bodmer at the National Railway Museum.

Among the winners were professional footballer turned BnB owner Marco Gabbiadini and his wife Deborah, winning the Guest Accommodation of the Year Award for Bishops Guesthouse.  After more than 750 match appearances with York City, Sunderland, Northampton Town, Derby County, Darlington, Hartlepool United, and Crystal Palace, Marco retired from his football career in 2004 to run Bishops guest house, a beautifully restored Victorian townhouse in York.  Six restaurants battled it out too for the people’s choice ‘Taste of York’ title, which was presented to El Piano restaurant, on Grape Lane – the only award voted for by the public during a two month promotion to ten thousand Visit York Facebook fans and Twitter followers.  This year’s hotly contested ‘Hotel of the Year’ accolade went to Middlethorpe Hall & Spa.

Two York individuals were also recognised in the roll of honour this year with Shirley Fletcher from the Hilton hotel receiving the Outstanding Customer Service award and Alan Rowley, from Complete Yorkshire, scooping the title of Employee of the Year. 

This year’s esteemed title of Ambassador was awarded to Ian Reed, Director at the Yorkshire Air Museum.   Speaking about York’s new Tourism Ambassador, Gillian Cruddas MBE, Chief Executive of Visit York said, ‘Ian has worked tirelessly over the last twenty years to promote York across the globe.  He is always brimming with enthusiasm and imagination.  The French in York event last year would not have happened without his dedication and vision to bring something different to the city.’

Gillian continued: 'Despite a challenging economic climate, it is encouraging to see so many businesses and individuals go the extra mile to ensure York continues to go from strength to strength as a world-renowned visitor destination.‘ 

The 2012 Visit York Tourism Awards winners and finalists are as follows:

Guest Accommodation of the Year, sponsored by CHOCOLATE – York’s Sweet Story

Winner:          Bishops

Hotel of the Year, sponsored by Yorkshire Laundry Services

Winner:          Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

Self Catering/Caravan Park of the Year, sponsored by Webmart

Winner:          Dovecote Barns

Pub of the Year, sponsored by Deans Computer Services

Winner:          The Golden Fleece

Outstanding Customer Service Award, sponsored by Welcometraining

Winner:          Shirley Fletcher, Hilton York

Business Tourism Award, sponsored by Saville Audio Visual

Winner:          York Marriott Hotel

Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by Leeds Bradford International Airport

Winner:          York Maze

Employee of the Year, sponsored by Marks & Spencer

Winner:          Alan Rowley, Complete Yorkshire

Best Shopping Experience, sponsored by East Coast

Winner:          The Hairy Fig

Visitor Attraction of the Year (under 50,000 visitors), sponsored by Guestlink

Winner:          The Ice Factor

Visitor Attraction of the Year (50,000 visitors & over), sponsored by FR Fowler & Son

Winner:          York Racecourse 2011 Season

Highly Commended:  York Dungeon

Taste of York – The People’s Choice Award, sponsored by Morrell Middleton

El Piano

York Ambassador, sponsored by Beacon Publishing

Ian Reed, Yorkshire Air Museum

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