Yorkshire stole the show at a national tourism awards ceremony after scooping more awards than any other county in England.

Eight tourism businesses in the county beat off fierce competition in the national VisitEngland Excellence Awards held in Manchester on 20 May.

Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby and Samuel’s at Swinton Park, Masham both took Golds for Small Visitor Attraction of the Year and the Taste of England Award respectively.

Captain Cook Memorial Museum picks up the gold award

Captain Cook Memorial Museum picks up the gold award

Other award winners included the York Marriott; Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa, York; Drewton’s Farm Shop, near Beverley; Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax; Wakefield Visitor Centre and The French in York, York. See next page for full award details.

The judging panel included VisitEngland Board Member David Orr and travel broadcaster Alison Rice. Also on the panel were two previous award winners – Nick Akerman from the Cotswold Conference Centre and Bob O’Connor from Port Lympne Safari Park.

Finalists from Yorkshire had been selected for the VisitEngland Excellence Awards after winning their categories in the White Rose Awards 2012.
White Rose Awards Chair of Judges, Professor Colin Mellors said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the wins in Yorkshire which show the high calibre of tourism businesses in the county.

“To have more winners than any other county in England is a major achievement. It’s a proud day for Yorkshire!”

Entries for this year’s White Rose Awards close at the end of May. To have a chance of winning and making next year’s VisitEngland Excellence Awards, enter at  http://www.whiteroseawards.com/2013/

YORKSHIRE’S WINNERS
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year: Captain Cook Memorial Museum in Whitby – Gold

Taste of England Award: Samuel’s at Swinton Park, Masham,– Gold

Taste of England Award: Drewtons Ltd, Nr Beverley, East Yorkshire – Highly Commended

Business Tourism Award: York Marriott, York, Yorkshire – Highly Commended

Large Hotel of the Year: Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa, York, – Highly Commended

Access for All Tourism Award: Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax – Bronze

Visitor Information Provider of the Year: Wakefield Visitor Centre – Silver

Tourism Experience of the Year: The French in York, York – Highly Commended

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