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Finalists Announced for York Tourism Awards


12:02pm 20th March 2013

The Frankel Factor at York racecourse, Umbrella Sky at Clifford’s Tower and last summer’s ambitious production of the York Mystery Plays – these are three of the visitor experiences which have been shortlisted for a coveted Visit York Tourism Award.

Following record entry levels; fifty four tourism businesses in all have been shortlisted by a panel of independent judges for York’s 2013 annual Tourism Awards, which will take place on Thursday 9 May at York Racecourse.

From Visitor Attraction of the Year to the Outstanding Customer Service Award, the thirteen award categories will showcase the cream of the crop in York’s tourism businesses and will celebrate those going the extra mile to give visitors a memorable and quality experience. 

Over the coming weeks, the panel of judges will be reviewing the shortlisted businesses and conducting ‘mystery shopping’ visits.  Winners from each category will then have the opportunity to go forward to the regional White Rose Awards and the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.  Three new categories will be hotly contested this year which are Restaurant of the Year, Café/Tearoom of the Year and best Visitor Experience. 

Gillian Cruddas MBE, Chief Executive of Visit York, said, ‘York’s tourism businesses continually strive to achieve higher and higher standards in order to retain a competitive edge.  This is one of the many reasons York remains a world class visitor destination and I wish all the finalists the very best of luck for 9 May.’

York’s Tourism Ambassador 2013, which was awarded to Ian Reed, Director of Yorkshire Air Museum in 2012, will be kept a hidden secret till the night of the awards and revealed to an audience of over four hundred.

The 2013 Visit York Tourism Awards finalists are as follows:

Guest Accommodation of the Year

  • Bishops
  • The Bloomsbury
  • Carlton House
  • Warrens

Hotel of the Year

  • Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa
  • Dean Court Hotel
  • Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
  • Novotel York
  • Royal York Hotel & Event Centre
  • York Marriott Hotel

Self Catering/Caravan Park of the Year

  • Apartments 5, 6 & 12 Monkbridge Court
  • Jollydays Luxury Camping
  • The Riverside York
  • Robin Hood Caravan Park
  • The York Hop Store

Restaurant of the Year

  • El Piano
  • The Grill Room at Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa
  • Mumbai Lounge
  • The Oak Room at Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
  • The Royal Oak

Café/Tearoom of the Year

  • Café Harlequin
  • Filmore & Union
  • Spring Espresso
  • York Cocoa House

Visitor Attraction of the Year

  • Beningbrough Hall and Gardens
  • National Railway Museum
  • York Castle Museum
  • York Maze

Visitor Experience of the Year

  • Jorvik Viking Festival
  • York Maze Halloween/Hallowscream
  • York Minster /The Orb
  • York Mystery Plays 2012
  • York Racecourse - Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival 2012

Shopping Experience of the Year

  • Hotel Chocolat
  • Jack Wolfskin
  • Now and Then Events - York Does Vintage
  • Pandora
  • York Cocoa House

Marketing Campaign of the Year

  • Now and Then Events - York Does Vintage
  • Umbrella Sky at Clifford’s Tower
  • York Maze 2012 & Halloween Events
  • York Mystery Plays 2012
  • York Racecourse - Unlocking the Frankel Factor

Conference Venue of the Year

  • National Railway Museum
  • Royal York Hotel & Event Centre
  • The Merchant Taylors Hall
  • York Conferences
  • York Racecourse Hospitality

Outstanding Customer Service Award

  • Amanda Fogg - Hedley House Hotel
  • Guy Wallis - The Golden Fleece
  • Shirley Fletcher-  Hilton York
  • Alexandra Claydon & Samantha de la Tour, Now and Then Events
  • Rebecca & Damian Palmer-Bunting, Robin Hood Caravan Park

Finalists for the People’s Choice Award – Pub/Bar of the Year will be revealed next week when members of the public will be invited to vote online at www.visityork.org to decide the nation’s favourite pub or bar to enjoy a tipple in York.

Tickets for the Visit York Tourism Awards cost £45 + VAT.  For further information on the awards call Alison Ruddick, Events Executive on 01904 554458 or email ar@visityork.org

To find out more about the Awards visit www.visityork.org/awards

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