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York Culture Awards Competition is hotting up…

5 September 2017

With just one month to go to the deadline for entries to the York Culture Awards, competition across York’s cultural sector is hotting up.

Countdown to York’s Christmas Festival

29 August 2017

York Christmas Festival and York St Nicholas Fair will run for 37 days: 16 November - 22 December with a return of the Ice Trail, Scandinavian Tipi and Living Advent Calendar ….plus much more….

Los Moros York’s number 1 on Trip Advisor

29 August 2017

It may not be the biggest eatery in York, but nevertheless a kiosk in Shambles Food Court has been voted number 1 on Trip Advisor for places to eat in the city.

Not all puds and parkin York Food and Drink Conference Reveals conference speakers

28 July 2017

What does the future hold for Yorkshire’s food sector in a post Brexit world? This question and many others will be debated by key personalities and experts in their field, when they speak at the city’s second Food and Drink Conference this coming September.

York novelist revealed as Patron for York Culture Awards

18 July 2017

Successful York-born Author, Andrew Martin, has been revealed as Patron for the 2017 York Culture Awards

New tourism initiative announced For Disability Awareness Day

14 July 2017

As part of this year’s Disability Awareness Day (16 July 2017) Visit York has launched a new initiative with Be Independent, York’s provider of equipment and 24-hour response service, and hoteliers, self-catering and B&B owners, to help make the city more accessible for visitors and holidaymakers.

York makes group travel début in Germany

4 July 2017

York will be represented for the first time at Europe’s largest coach and group travel exhibition, “RDA Group Travel Expo”, which takes place from 4 to 5 July in Cologne this week, in a bid to encourage overseas trade operators to include the city in their holiday itineraries and holiday packages for 2018 and beyond.

Putting the spotlight on Culture in York

29 June 2017

Entries for the 2017 York Culture Awards go live today as the search for the very best in York’s cultural scene gets underway.

York’s Cultural Sector Celebrates Arts Council Funding

29 June 2017

The total funding awarded covers projects which will inspire community groups to get involved in theatre, music and the arts, as well as cementing York’s stature as a key city destination to visit for its superb arts, exhibitions and cultural programmes.

Winners Announced – Visit York Annual Tourism Awards

23 June 2017

Fourteen of York’s top tourism businesses celebrated a win in the Visit York annual Tourism Awards last night (Thursday 22 June). Winners were announced at a prestigious Black Tie awards ceremony, held in the Grand Station Hall of the National Railway Museum, compered by breakfast show hosts Ben Fry and Ellie Brennan from Minster FM radio station.

Augmented reality to woo younger American visitors to York

31 May 2017

A new app with embedded videos will transport visitors back in time when they visit York Minster this year.

York Tunes Up For Scandinavian Choral Festival

24 May 2017

York will welcome 5 Norwegian choirs this weekend as the free Scandinavian Choral Festival gets underway from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th May.

New initiatives for the city launched at the Make It York annual stakeholder meeting

16 May 2017

Three hundred leaders from the York business, culture and tourism community will gather at the Principal York today, to hear the latest news from York’s Destination Management Organisation, Make It York.

Finalists Announced for York’s Tourism Oscars Putting the spotlight on York’s Tourism Superstars

7 April 2017

Sixty three finalists are being revealed today for the annual Visit York Tourism Awards, billed as the Oscars of the city’s tourism sector. These prestigious awards will be staged on 22 June to shine a spotlight on excellence in tourism and reward outstanding service, innovation and quality.

illuminating York goes biennial

29 March 2017

York’s popular illuminating York Festival will go biennial, Make It York has announced today and it will become a centrepiece in the city’s new international media arts festival, the York Mediale.

Egg-ceptional Easter Fun Planned for York – 14 – 17 April

6 March 2017

Spring is in the air, or it will be very soon and Easter is just around the corner. If it’s family fun you’re after this Easter, then look no further than beautiful historic York. There’ll be free children’s activities galore, co-ordinated by Make It York in association with Little Vikings, as the York Easter Family Festival returns for a second year.

New International Media Arts Festival coming to the city in 2018

2 March 2017

Exciting plans for a new international media arts festival will be outlined today (Thursday 2 March) at a meeting of the Guild of Media Arts.

York Goes Stateside at the New York Times Travel Show

17 February 2017

Old York headed to New York last month, as part of Make It York’s new international marketing drive.

Farmers bring delicious local produce to York Farmers’ Market

1 February 2017

York will host a Farmers’ Market in St Sampson’s Square on the first Friday of each month, running from 9:00am until 4:00pm.

Record number of attractions and offers for the 22nd York Residents Festival

9 January 2017

Celebrating its 22nd year, over ninety attractions, eateries and retailers will be on offer for York residents to help cheer up the January blues this month. York residents will once again have the chance to explore what’s on their doorstep free of charge, when the York Residents’ Festival, sponsored by First York and the York BID, takes place on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January.

York Culture Awards 2016 Winners Revealed

8 December 2016

Winners in the first annual York Culture Awards, sponsored by Benenden, have been announced and are set to raise the bar of the cultural scene in York.

York Ice Trail is back!

5 December 2016

For one weekend the Ice Trail, sponsored by TalkTalk Ultra Fibre Optic Broadband, will transform historic York. And this year there are even more icy figures to seek out with 35 sculptures scattered across the city. Back for another glistening celebration during the weekend of 10 and 11 December, visitors and residents can follow the trail to find the frosty sculptures made from crystal-clear ice sprinkled across the centre and surrounding streets; from a glittering Marilyn Monroe at Dog and Bone Vintage to a Nutcracker at Fenwick.

God Jul! York’s First Living Advent Calendar Inspired by the Swedes

23 November 2016

A Living Advent Calendar will arrive in York this December, spreading festive cheer across the city. Inspired by the successful living Advent Calendars around the UK and Europe, Make It York has invited businesses around the city, 25 in total, to take part in this year’s festive initiative, supported by York Press.

York Christmas Lights Switch On Marks Launch of the York Christmas Festival

11 November 2016

A sparkling evening in York is promised on Thursday 17 November, when the Christmas Tree lights in St Helen’s Square will be switched on by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress, as well as favourite characters from this year’s pantomime at York Theatre Royal.

Organisers proclaim illuminating York 2016 ‘a huge success’

2 November 2016

This year’s illuminating York Festival, supported by Arts Council England, has been proclaimed as a huge success by organisers Make It York, following four evenings when the streets of York were thronged with visitors and residents enjoying seeing the city in a different night.

Fringe spreads even more light on the city for illuminating York

13 October 2016

Details have been released today about Fringe events taking place during this year’s illuminating York Festival, which runs from Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 October, with twilight opening, candlelit tours, spooky films and even Gregorian chant planned across the city over the four nights.

Bunny Bingo adds fun challenge to illuminating York 2016

11 October 2016

A new game is set to hit the streets during this year’s illuminating York festival. Families will be pounding the pavements playing Bunny Bingo, which challenges them to find some of the 50 decorated bunny lamps which will be on display in shop windows throughout the city.

Countdown to York’s Christmas Festival

3 October 2016

York Christmas Festival and York St Nicholas Fair will run for 37 days: 17 November - 23 December with a return of the Ice Trail and Scandinavian Tipi and a brand new Living Advent Calendar... Plus much more…

Indulge your inner Norse-issist – Ragnar the Viking launches York Selfie Trail

16 September 2016

Get your best smile and selfie-stick at the ready and follow the footprints around York to complete the brand new York Selfie Trail. Make It York has picked out the most iconic photo-spots in the city so you can take ten sensational selfies to make your Instagram followers swoon.

illuminating York – top festival of light returns to the historic city this October

12 September 2016

Transforming aspects of the city through the use of light – that’s the promise from organisers of the eleventh illuminating York, supported by Arts Council England, which returns to the city from Wednesday 26 to Saturday 29 October 2016.

Yorkie's City Adventure

24 August 2016

FIRST EPISODE OF THE WORLD’S FIRST TRAVEL SERIES PRESENTED BY A DOG RELEASED TODAY – NATIONAL DOG DAY

A ‘Yorkie' Adventure...

3 August 2016

YORK CREATES WORLD-FIRST TRAVELOGUE SERIES PRESENTED BY A DOG – inspired by slow TV

Vote for York! As European Destination of 2016…

30 June 2016

York is one of ten much-loved European cities to be shortlisted for the Interrail European Destination of the Year Award 2016, Make It York has revealed. Along with nine competitors, including the impressive Valencia and Budapest, York has much to boast about.

Calling All Innovators and Entrepreneurs - Venturefest Yorkshire 2016 Launch Announced

20 June 2016

Promising to deliver a new experience for Yorkshire based innovators, entrepreneurs and investors, Venturefest Yorkshire 2016 will be officially launched this Wednesday 22 June.

York Farmers’ Market returns to St Sampson’s Square

15 June 2016

York’s monthly Farmers’ Market will return to St Sampson’s Square this summer. Destination Management Organisation Make It York announced these plans today.

MAKE IT YORK: One Year On York’s Destination Management Organisation reports on its first year

17 May 2016

Today (Tuesday 17 May) will see York’s Destination Management Organisation, Make It York, update stakeholders on its first twelve months of activity.

Mark Addy Revealed as Patron for York Culture Awards 2016

20 April 2016

English actor and born and bred Yorkshireman, Mark Addy, has been announced as Patron of the York Culture Awards, to help support and raise the profile of these new awards for York and its surroundings. The York Culture Awards, to held on 1 December 2016, will celebrate excellence in the arts and cultural sector and reward outstanding innovation, creativity and quality.

Make a beeline to the York Hive New crowdfunding platform makes a buzz in York

17 March 2016

York’s very own crowdfunding platform will be launched today (Thursday 17 March) at the city’s historic Bedern Hall. One hundred community groups and business leaders from across the city will attend the launch event to hear about plans for the very first York Hive. This new initiative for the city is a part of Spacehive, a national crowdfunding platform with a purpose; to make it as easy as possible for as many people as possible to bring their civic environment to life. Make It York, the city’s Destination Management Organisation, is facilitating this new initiative in partnership with the online crowdfunding platform Spacehive.

Shambles Market will bring that Boogie Woogie feeling to York city centre with Easter Vintage Market

17 March 2016

Sights and sounds from the 1940s to 1960s will come to life in York at the end of March as Shambles Market ‘goes vintage’ for Easter – with singer, scooters and vintage frocks appearing alongside Market regulars in a special Easter Sunday event.

Finalists Announced for York’s Tourism Oscars Putting the spotlight on York’s Tourism Superstars

15 March 2016

Fifty three finalists have been revealed today for the annual Visit York Tourism Awards, billed as the Oscars of the city’s tourism sector. These prestigious awards will be staged on 26 May to shine the spotlight on excellence in tourism and reward outstanding service, innovation and quality. A five hundred strong audience from across York’s tourism sector is expected to attend the ceremony, to be held in the Great Hall of the National Railway Museum.

York heads to world’s biggest travel trade show

14 March 2016

When ITB Berlin (Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin) opened for business last week, Make It York joined thirty eight other tourism destinations across Northern England, including Hull, Leeds and Durham, to continue a collaborative approach to increase the volume of overseas visitors travelling to the North East, North West and Yorkshire & Humberside.

January 2016 Market Intelligence

3 March 2016

Boxing Day flooding dominated the headlines in December and early January and the key performance indicators for January start to reveal the short term scale of the impact of this on tourism businesses.

Agent North – Licensed to thrill

29 February 2016

This week sees the launch of Agent North, a new online training programme designed to inspire and educate overseas travel agents and tour operators about Northern England’s tourism destinations. By late summer, 13,000 travel agents in North America, Australia, Germany, the Netherlands and China will be licenced to thrill, having completed their course and received their ‘Agent North’ certificate.

Cracking Easter Family Festival Planned for York – 25 – 28 March

22 February 2016

Roll up, roll up! If it’s family fun you’re after this Easter, then look no further than York. There’ll be free children’s activities galore, co-ordinated by Make It York in association with Little Vikings, JORVIK, York Food Festival, York’s Chocolate Story, York Cocoa House and Lunchbox Theatrical Productions. Watch a chocolate demo, have your face painted, create an Easter egg, unleash your artistic side or get active; there’ll be plenty to do.

Young Entrepreneurs Create Own Future – 9 March 2016

22 February 2016

Olympics winning company Stage One joins forces with Science City York, York Museums Trust and NYBEP to champion careers of the future.

Late night Friday…and the Farmers Market

19 February 2016

Late night shopping makes a welcome return to York’s city centre this Friday as Shambles Market extends its opening hours to 9pm. Popular traders will start the weekend off in style by selling a range of unique items, including classic vinyl, stylish bags, delicious homemade fudge and stunning antiques.

York fishmonger Andrew Kenny elected new President of the National Federation of Fishmongers

19 February 2016

Yorkshire fishmonger Andrew Kenny, a long-standing trader at Shambles Market in York, has been named the new president of the National Federation of Fishmongers (NFF) – the UK's largest trade federation for fishmongers and associated trades. One of Rick Stein’s Food Heroes, a key part of Andrew’s mission will be to help ensure the nation continues to eat more fish.

Putting the spotlight on York’s Tourism Superstars Businesses urged to enter for Oscars of the North

15 February 2016

Entries are now officially open for the prestigious Visit York Tourism Awards, returning on 26 May to shine the spotlight on excellence in the tourism industry and reward outstanding service, innovation and quality. The event will provide a fantastic platform to showcase your business to a 500 strong audience from across York’s tourism sector. The prestigious awards are without a doubt the Tourism Oscars of the North.

York campaigns to end romantic clichés in 2016’s Leap Year

15 February 2016

2016 may be a Leap Year, but why should women only have one day (29 February) every four years to propose, and why stick to the same romantic clichés? As a champion of romance, the City of York is calling on women in love to make this Leap Year last the whole year.

NEW Tourism Figures Revealed for York

10 February 2016

New detailed analysis of York’s annual tourism figures has been revealed today demonstrating the annual value of tourism to York’s economy. Commissioned by Make It York, the research gives the most up to date picture of the health of the tourism economy in the city.

York – ‘the original city adventure’ New marketing drive for UK’s honeypot

4 February 2016

A brand new marketing campaign, designed to communicate the huge variety of things to see and do in York and North Yorkshire will go live on 9 February. Part of the new initiative managed by VisitEngland and supported by government, the city will benefit from a £1m campaign announced to encourage British families and couples to spend their Half Term and Easter holidays in the North.

Record number of attractions and offers for the 21st York Residents’ Festival

25 January 2016

Celebrating its 21st year, over seventy attractions, eateries and retailers will be on offer for York residents to help cheer up the January blues this weekend. York residents will once again have the chance to explore what’s on their doorstep free of charge, when the York Residents’ Festival takes place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st January 2016.

New Chair for Venturefest Yorkshire Advisory Group

21 January 2016

James Newman, who has just stepped down as Chairman of the Sheffield City Region LEP, is to be the Chair of the Venturefest Yorkshire Advisory Group. He takes on this role as responsibility for managing the event passes from York Professionals to Make It York.

York Tourism Conference reveals plans for 2016 and announces annual tourism figures

20 January 2016

2016 will offer more reasons to visit York than ever before; that will be the main message at the Visit York annual Tourism Conference, held at York Racecourse today and compered by BBC Look North Presenter Phil Bodmer. And, following on from the Boxing Day floods, tourism chiefs will be announcing plans are afoot for the biggest and best annual tourism campaign yet for York and North Yorkshire.

York Culture Awards Launched

15 January 2016

Plans to recognise and reward outstanding innovation and creativity within the cultural sector in York took a leap forward this week, when the new Culture Awards were launched tonight (Thursday 14 January) at the Hotel du Vin. Sponsored by York-based Benenden, The York Culture Awards, which will be held in December 2016, will celebrate, retrospectively, quality and excellence in the arts and cultural sector.

GRANTS Available to Help Businesses Hit by Recent Flooding

6 January 2016

Grant support is now available to flooded businesses and farmers in York, North Yorkshire and East Riding.

#Yorkopen4business Make It York’s Message to Counter Negative Impact of Flooding

4 January 2016

In response to international media coverage of flooding in York, Make It York, the city’s Destination Management Organisation, is keen to get the word out that York is open for business. The vast majority of attractions, shops, bars and restaurants in York are open, with the exception of those affected by flooding; JORVIK Viking Centre, York Dungeon and the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall remain closed.

New City-Wide Ice Trail – List of Sculptures Revealed

11 December 2015

From an Ice skating Viking to Father Christmas himself historic York will be transformed this weekend when thirty Ice Sculptures arrive to create York’s first city-wide Ice Trail on 12 and 13 December, sponsored by Yorkshire Water.

21st York Residents’ Festival – Highlights Announced

4 December 2015

Celebrating its 21st year, over sixty attractions, eateries and retailers will be on offer for York residents to help cheer up the January blues next year. York residents will once again have the chance to explore what’s on their doorstep free of charge, when the York Residents’ Festival takes place on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st January 2016.

The York Pie Company joins Shambles Market to bring artisan pies to the new street food court

4 December 2015

Pastry lovers can enjoy delicious hot and cold pies at Shambles Market, including gluten free and vegetarian choices, as The York Pie Company becomes the latest local business to join York’s city centre food court.

York Culture Awards Announced

25 November 2015

Today Make It York has revealed plans for a new awards ceremony for the city; the York Culture Awards. Sponsored by York-based Benenden, The York Culture Awards, which will be held in December 2016, will celebrate, retrospectively, excellence in the arts and cultural sector and reward outstanding innovation, creativity and quality.

York benefits from New International Tourism Drive

23 November 2015

York is being showcased to an international audience of travel agents, tour operators and media as part of a brand new drive to increase overseas tourism to the city. This new international campaign, funded by the Northern Tourism Growth Fund, is being led by the national tourism agency VisitEngland, working closely with VisitBritain and other destinations from across the North.

Countdown to York’s St Nicholas Christmas Festival

16 November 2015

York St Nicholas Christmas Festival, incorporating the St Nicholas Fair - now running for 35 days: 19 November - 23 December with New Ice Trail, New Choirs Weekend and New Scandinavian Tipi…..plus much more…

Countdown to York’s Annual Tourism Conference Serious About…Tourism

4 November 2015

Businesses across York and Yorkshire are being invited to get the latest tips for future-proofing by attending York’s Annual Tourism Conference ‘Serious About…Tourism’, to be hosted by BBC Presenter Phil Bodmer, on Wednesday 20 January at York Racecourse. Organisers Make It York are promising a stellar line-up of speakers which will leave the audience in no doubt about the opportunities 2016 will bring for tourism in the city.

Late night Fridays and Vintage Treats…all at Shambles Market

15 October 2015

Traders at Shambles market have got together with Make It York to get the city’s festive shopping off to a good start this Friday, in what is the first of a series of planned evening shopping events in the run up to Christmas. Open every Friday until Christmas from 5pm to 9pm, the new night market will include popular traders selling a range of unique gifts, stunning antiques, beautiful bags, stylish homeware and crafts, cult and classic vinyl and mouth-watering sweet treats.

York Dungeon joins the illuminating York Fringe

7 October 2015


The mischievous Turnkey and Jester from the York Dungeon children’s tour ventured out into the daylight today to plot their route as part of illuminating York ‘s Festival Fringe. This 10th anniversary Festival, in the UNESCO Year of Light, will celebrate York in all its beauty.

Celebrate British Roast Dinner Week with fine quality, locally sourced food

2 October 2015

Celebrate British Roast Dinner Week (28 September to 4 October 2015) and a special Roast dinner this Sunday by buying locally-sourced fresh organic vegetables and quality meat at affordable prices at your local market. Make It York, the city’s marketing body, is this weekend championing a weekly shop at your local market to celebrate and mark British Roast Dinner Week.

York launches Christmas Festival

24 September 2015

York St Nicholas Christmas Festival, incorporating the St Nicholas Fair - now running for 35 days: 19 November - 23 December with New Ice Trail, Choirs Weekend plus much more…

York Food and Drink Festival 2015 begins!

17 September 2015

The 19th annual York Food and Drink Festival begins on Friday 18th September 2015. The Festival will once again take over Parliament Street with their large markets celebrating Yorkshire food. The markets create a wonderful buzz in the city centre alongside the delicious wafts of food, which can be smelt on the other side of town!

Steam Legend Set To Be 2016 Steam Star

16 September 2015

The National Railway Museum has today announced its outline programme for the long-awaited return of steam celebrity Flying Scotsman to the tracks in 2016.

New Tourism Campaign Celebrates City’s Appetite For Food And Drink

15 September 2015

As the countdown to the York Food and Drink Festival (18 to 27 September) begins, Make It York, the city’s destination management organisation, this week launches Taste York, a new tourism drive devised to market York as the go-to city in the UK for a gastro break.

21st Century York: Smartphone Events App Launched

25 August 2015

York events in the palm of your hand

York Bolsters Far East Tourism - With New Chinese Visitor Guide

6 August 2015

Make It York, the city’s new destination management organisation, has released a second edition of York’s Visitor Guide in Chinese as part of a wider marketing campaign underway in China. 35,000 copies of the brand new guide, written in Simplified Mandarin, will now be distributed via five inbound airlines from China, VIP airport arrival lounges at London and Stansted as well as visa application offices in Beijing and Shanghai.

7 Days in York – a new weekly guide to what’s on in York is launched

30 July 2015

More award-winning Yorkshire producers will be joining the Farmers Market in York this Friday, including Patrick Macarons & Pâtisserie, which celebrates the exquisite art of the Pâtissier, bringing the tantalising flavours of France to York. Arriving this Friday too is Rustic Baking, from North Yorkshire, which offers twenty different types of flapjack. These newcomers will be setting out their produce alongside regular favourites, such as Voakes Pies from Whixley Grange Farm, offering award-winning pies, as well as Tancred Farm, also from Whixley, specialising in quality meat.

More locally grown produce at York Farmers Market in July and…every last Friday in the month

30 July 2015

More award-winning Yorkshire producers will be joining the Farmers Market in York this Friday, including Patrick Macarons & Pâtisserie, which celebrates the exquisite art of the Pâtissier, bringing the tantalising flavours of France to York. Arriving this Friday too is Rustic Baking, from North Yorkshire, which offers twenty different types of flapjack. These newcomers will be setting out their produce alongside regular favourites, such as Voakes Pies from Whixley Grange Farm, offering award-winning pies, as well as Tancred Farm, also from Whixley, specialising in quality meat.

York street art tours available from Shambles Market this summer

13 July 2015

Local artist to host weekly interactive workshops across the historic city

One month to go until The Great Yorkshire Fringe hits York!

24 June 2015

It’s just one month to go until York’s Parliament Street is transformed into a giant village green as part of the very first Great Yorkshire Fringe. The fun will kick off on Friday, July 24th with the likes of Al Murray, Sara Pascoe and Henning Wehn all taking to the stage, and the festival will run for a packed ten days, rounding up on Sunday, August 2nd.

York - Best UK Destination for Groups

9 June 2015

York has scooped the title of ‘Best UK Destination for Groups’ at the Group Travel Awards 2015, a prestigious tourism industry awards ceremony, held at the Hilton Park Lane on Friday night (Friday 5 June) and hosted by comedian Hal Cruttenden.

Winners Announced – Visit York Annual Tourism Awards

4 June 2015

Fifteen of York’s top tourism businesses celebrated a win in the Visit York annual Tourism Awards last night (Wed 3 June). The winners were announced at a prestigious Black Tie awards ceremony, held in the Grand Station Hall of the National Railway Museum, compered by breakfast show hosts Gayle Lofthouse and Ben Fry from Minster FM radio station.

MAKE IT YORK: LAUNCH

19 May 2015


Today (Tuesday 19 May) will see the launch of York’s new Destination Management Organisation; Make It York, tasked with helping to improve the economic well-being of the City.
300 leaders from the York business and cultural community will gather at the Park Inn hotel, to hear plans for the new company. Make It York brings together the work currently delivered by Visit York, Science City York (SCY) and City of York Council’s inward investment, business support and events and festivals teams into one new strategic and dynamic company.

Taste York Targets Food Lovers Across the Globe

6 May 2015

Across the Globe

York’s delicious food and drink will be marketed in a brand new ‘Taste York’ campaign and Visit York has secured none other than Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace to be part of it. Gregg took to the streets of York yesterday (5 May) to seek out the best places to eat, drink and buy local produce. Working with the TV celebrity, this new food-lovers video will put York firmly on the map as a gastro destination. Gregg said, ‘I can honestly say that my visit to York was a joy and I now consider the city as one of my favourite places.’

China in your hand.... York Scoops Award for China Marketing

15 April 2015

A prestigious ‘China Tourist Welcome’ award (CTW) has been bestowed on Visit York, for all of its work to market York to Chinese visitors. The announcement came today at the China Outbound Travel and Tourism Market (COTTM) in Beijing; now in its 11th year, COTTM is regarded as the tourism industry’s most important travel exhibition, attracting attendance from tour operators across China.

York’s Tourism Businesses – one step closer to victory

15 April 2015

63 of York’s top tourism businesses will be celebrating today as they receive the news they are on the shortlist in the Visit York annual Tourism Awards. Winners will be announced at a prestigious Black Tie awards ceremony on 3 June in the Grand Station Hall of the National Railway Museum, compered by breakfast show hosts Gayle Lofthouse and Ben Fry from Minster FM radio station.

New look York Pass Launched For Easter

31 March 2015

Easter visitors to York can take advantage of over thirty visitor attractions, tours and special offers in the city’s new-look sightseeing card – the York Pass. Businesses from across the city, from hotels to restaurants, pubs to visitor attractions have joined forces with Visit York, to offer a fun-packed sightseeing card like no other. Re-launched this week, new artwork for this fun leisure pass incorporates images of Guy Fawkes, a Viking, a Roman, steam trains and chocolate as well as York’s infamous highwayman Dick Turpin.

York – Annual Tourism Figures Announced

25 March 2015

Year end results for tourism in York for 2014 have been announced today. A key indicator of the health of the tourism sector, this annual research reveals York’s tourism sector is going from strength to strength.

Visit York – Scoops Silver in Travel Marketing Awards

20 March 2015

Visit York, the tourism agency for York and its surroundings, has scooped the Silver Award for ‘Best Tourism Campaign’ in the annual Travel Marketing Awards. This national award recognises the most original, creative and best performing marketing campaign in the world of tourism. Created in partnership with FRONT marketing agency tourism bosses are delighted by the news, which was announced last night at a prestigious awards ceremony in London.

Putting the spotlight on York’s Tourism Superstars Countdown to the big day begins…

26 February 2015

The spotlight will be turned on York’s tourism superstars at the Visit York annual Tourism Awards on 3 June. Businesses from across the city, from hotels to restaurants, pubs to visitor attractions have till the deadline on 31 March to submit their winning entries. Online registration has been launched today for these annual awards which recognize the cream of the crop in tourism across the city and beyond.

Building International Tourism in York and Yorkshire

23 February 2015

York is set to be showcased to an international audience of travel agents and tour operators, when tourism agency Visit York represents the city at a brand new tourism showcase next week.
ExploreGB is a new, flagship event, organized by the national tourism body VisitBritain to provide Great British & Irish tourism destinations with an invaluable opportunity to meet and do business with up to 260 international travel buyers from forty countries.

Leading tourism attractions to gather at York’s National Railway Museum

22 January 2015

Group Travel Organisers (GTOs) from across Yorkshire and beyond are being invited to attend the fifth annual Tourism & Events Showcase taking place at the National Railway Museum, York, on Saturday 31st January between 10.00am and 2.00pm.

20th York Residents’ Festival – brochure launched Sponsored by First

22 January 2015

Ever fancied exploring more of York’s hidden gems such as medieval Barley Hall, York’s only surviving Windmill at Holgate or the Henry VII Experience? Or are you keen to find out what conservation means for a place like York’s Treasurers’ House or discover more of Yorkshire’s great houses and gardens such as Beningbrough? These and many other special experiences are packed into the annual York Residents Festival programme.

20th York Residents’ Festival

16 December 2014

Over fifty free attractions and events will be on offer for York residents to help cheer up the January blues next year. York residents will once again have the chance to explore what’s on their doorstep when the 20th York Residents’ Festival takes place on Saturday 31st January and Sunday 1st February 2015.

Visit York Tourism Insights Conference – York sets its sights on China

4 December 2014

York has its sights firmly set on Chinese visitors planning their travel itineraries for 2015 and beyond: this will be one of the key messages at the Visit York Tourism Insights conference, held at York racecourse today and compered by BBC Radio York’s Adam Tomlinson.

Best in Yorkshire Accolade For York’s Visitor Centre

18 November 2014

It’s official – York has the best Visitor Centre in the county – that was the winning announcement made at the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Tourism awards last night, held in the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate. Hundreds of tourism businesses waited expectantly for the results at this glittering awards ceremony, the largest celebration of tourism excellence in the UK.

Key details revealed about York’s new marketing and business development company

13 November 2014

Steve Brown has been recruited as managing director of ‘Make It York’, the new public private partnership which will be responsible for marketing, business development, culture and tourism in York.

Beyond York Campaign Launched

11 November 2014

Celebrity chefs such Malton’s James Martin, Andrew Pern and Antonio Caluccio OBE, the Godfather of Italian gastronomy, are not the only ones in the know about the beauty and gastronomic paradise of North Yorkshire. Now an exciting new tourism campaign promoting York as the perfect touring base will be launched this week as part of a partnership spearheaded by Visit York, Ryedale District Council and the Howardian Hills. This new initiative will encourage anyone considering a short break in York to book a two-centre stay in York and Ryedale.

Drone Filming – a First for York and Yorkshire

10 November 2014

Phase three of Visit York's first time marketing campaign will be launched today with an exciting new initiative never before executed in York and Yorkshire. A film crew from Telegraph Media Group will bring high tech drone filming technology to York to show off the city in all its splendour.

Wanted for Christmas! One-of-a-Kind Gift Ideas

7 November 2014

It is that time of year when people up and down the country ask the perennial question: “What do you buy for the person who already has everything?”, but top independent retailers are suggesting that if you are asking that question, you’ve clearly not visited York!

Countdown to Visit York’s Annual Tourism Conference

4 November 2014

Tourism Insights 2014 -
Emerging Trends, future proofing and getting China Ready...

World's First Scented Guidebook Published

15 October 2014

Following on from the success of Visit York’s pilot project earlier in the year to trial the world’s first ever scented city guidebook, a limited edition scented guide to York has gone on sale today - it even lets people smell ghosts

Marketing Campaign Success For York

8 October 2014

Tourism figures for the first six months of 2014 have been released by Visit York today, showing York’s tourism sector is on a winning streak. The first half of 2014 has been positive for tourism in York, with growth seen in all sectors when compared with January to June 2013. In particular, hotels have performed well and with a 6% increase in hotel room occupancy and average room rates up to 78.5% and £76.33 respectively. Growth was more modest for the attractions sector, with visits up by 0.3% to the large attractions and 1.1% to the smaller attractions.

What's New and Cool in York and What Are The Classics

2 October 2014

The new, cool things to do in York

Halloween in York: Europe's Most Haunted City

2 September 2014

It has long held the title of Europe’s most haunted city, with over 500 ghosts recorded at the last count (Ghost Research Foundation International, 2009), and this year, there are more reasons than ever before for visiting York this Halloween. As long summer nights start to shorten, tourism agency Visit York has launched a host of after dark adventures, to celebrate its ‘most haunted’ status and keep visitors entertained on Halloween night.

Visits to York attractions and York hotel occupancy reach record high

18 August 2014

New figures revealed today show visits to York’s attractions and hotel occupancy levels have reached a record high. York’s tourism agency, Visit York, has released the year end results for visits to attractions as well as hotel occupancy levels for the calendar year January to December 2013. For these 12 months, nine of York’s largest attractions welcomed 2.8 million visitors, which is the highest recorded figure since this survey began in 2005 (when the figure stood at 2.4m).

York has Christmas All Wrapped Up

14 August 2014

York is launching a festive programme for 2014, set to place the city as the top destination in the UK for a Christmas break. Activities will run from November right through to Christmas; all part of a new St Nicholas Christmas Festival.

York Opens its Networks for Techno-Tourism!

12 August 2014

Don’t forget to pack your iPad – that’s the message this summer from York’s tourism bosses as a host of new techno-initiatives aimed at visitors to the historic city are launched this season, making York the top British destination for those travelling with a smartphone or tablet.

Underground York cuts Through Layers of City's History

7 August 2014

Need to cool off from the summer heat? Don’t just scratch the surface – get deep under York’s skin to explore a city of contrasts. This is the message tourism agency Visit York is sending out to visitors who are keen to explore the city’s past and present by going underground this year.

Digi Bike Takes To Streets of York

28 July 2014

Hot on the heels of the Tour de France, Visit York has introduced an innovative new mobile visitor information and advertising service to the streets of the city. The Visit York digiBike is a four-wheeled bicycle featuring two state-of-the-art smart TVs and onboard sound system.

York Targets Curious Visitors in Anti -Boredom Month

2 July 2014

Make a curious difference to National Anti-Boredom Month this July with a trip to York where one of the largest Coprolite ever found, the legacy of a Viking nobleman’s ivory horn and a Roman hair piece are sure to fire up the imagination of the most jaded individual.

York Targets Romantics, Chocoholics and Technofiles

23 May 2014

Cities around Britain will be competing for visitors this Summer and throughout 2014 and beyond. And as the trend for holidays at home continues in popularity (around 45 million domestic holiday trips were made in 2013) the phrase so often quoted in tourism brochures, ‘something for everyone’, is becoming so common place that it’s almost meaningless.

Feel the Norse Power

16 May 2014

New men’s deodorant created that smells of a Viking warrior after a hard day’s raiding (that’s mead, gore, sweat, animal meat, seawater and smoke for the uninitiated)

York’s Tourism Businesses Storm to Victory

9 May 2014

Fourteen of York’s top tourism businesses celebrated victory last night (Thursday 8th May) after winners in Visit York’s annual Tourism Awards were announced at a black tie awards ceremony held in the grand Station Hall at the National Railway Museum.

York Awarded Welcome China Charter

30 April 2014

York’s tourism agency Visit York is just one of six tourism organisations in the country who have this month been awarded with the GREAT China Welcome Charter; a tourism industry chartermark acknowledging the city’s commitment to welcoming Chinese visitors.

Finalists Revealed for York's Top BnB

31 March 2014

Where in York can you enjoy the best bacon, sausage and egg in the country, the comfiest bed, fluffiest duvets or indeed the warmest of Yorkshire welcomes? The answer is nearing conclusion as today Visit York has announced the five finalists who will battle it out for the prestigious title of York’s best bed and breakfast in the 2014 Visit York Tourism Awards. These Awards recognise the cream of the crop in tourism across the city.

Finalists Revealed for York Tourism Awards

18 March 2014

The spotlight will be turned on York’s tourism stars at this year’s York Tourism Awards in May and the finalists have been revealed today. Businesses from across the city; from hotels to restaurants, pubs to visitor attractions are all competing for an award in their respective categories. The annual tourism awards recognise the cream of the crop in tourism across the city.

Get a Scents of the City

7 March 2014

Visit York releases first scented city guidebook that even lets people smell ghosts.

Putting the spotlight on York’s Tourism Superstars

18 February 2014

The spotlight will be turned on York’s tourism stars at this year’s York Tourism Awards in May.

Record Tourism Results For York

11 February 2014

New figures revealing the annual value of tourism to York’s economy have been announced today. Tourism spend in York has exceeded half a billion pounds for the very first time.

A City of Firsts New Tourism Campaign – First Time in York – Launched For 2014

27 January 2014

One million cinema goers, 6.5 million TV viewers and 1.5 million rail passengers will all be targeted with Visit York’s brand new marketing and PR campaign throughout 2014.

Chair appointed to drive new city-wide marketing initiative

27 January 2014

Chair appointed to drive new city-wide marketing initiative City of York Council and partners are pleased to announce that Jane Lady Gibson has been appointed the chair of a new initiative which aims to drive forward marketing, tourism, cultural and business development for the city of York.

Plan to Create Billion Pound Tourism Industry

23 January 2014

Plans will be announced today (Thursday 23rd January), to create a billion pound tourism industry for York over the next ten years. After a year of planning and consultation, Visit York, with the City of York Council, will reveal this ambitious plan to key players in the tourism industry at a business event at the National Railway Museum.

York Opens its Doors for Residents

17 January 2014

Visit York is encouraging York residents to enjoy a holiday at home next weekend as the 19th York Residents' Festival takes place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January 2014.

York's Great Call To China

13 January 2014

With China estimated to be York's 10th largest overseas tourism market - up from 19th place ten years ago - Visit York has embarked upon a new drive to boost bookings from Chinese tour operators by producing a dedicated sightseeing and shopping guide specifically for this burgeoning eastern audience.

York Unwraps Latest Tourism Campaign Succes

17 December 2013

Visit York has hailed its most recent winter campaign, 'York Wrapped Up', a huge success, after results published this week showed an additional £7.2 million spend in the city from November 2012 to March 2013, as a direct result of this promotion.

19th York Residents' Festival - Line Up Announced - Sixty Free Attractions and Events

16 December 2013

Sixty free attractions and events will be on offer for York residents to help cheer up the January blues next year. Visit York is encouraging York residents to explore what's on their doorstep when the 19th York Residents' Festival takes place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January 2014.

Visit York Publishes Latest Tourism Figures - The Future Looks Bright for Tourism in York

2 December 2013

York's tourism agency, Visit York has released the best tourism figures for visits to attractions, since records began. Visit York monitors visits to attractions through a poll of nine of the city's largest venues; the National Railway Museum, York Minster, Jorvik, York Castle Museum, YorkBoat, York's CHOCOLATE Story, Clifford's Tower, the Yorkshire Museum and York Dungeon.

Visit York's Annual Tourism Survey

11 November 2013

Results of Visit York's annual visitor survey have been released today. The 'York Visitor Survey' is the biggest independent survey of visitors staying in York. This year long project, conducted throughout 2012, questioned over one thousand visitors on their opinions of York, their motivations for visiting, their place of origin and their likes and dislikes.

Visit York Takes Top Spot in National Online Travel Awards. Another Tourism Award For York!

22 October 2013

Visit York's website www.visityork.org has beaten off competition from top names in online travel, including TripAdvisor, the world's largest travel review site, to win Best Travel Information Website in the 2013 Travolution Awards. Judged by a panel of proven business leaders, experts and entrepreneurs including Google, Expedia, Virgin Holidays and Travelzoo, they are the UK travel industry's highest accolade for innovation and excellence online.

York - Britain's Home of Chocolate, Celebrating National Chocolate Week

8 October 2013

The UK's Home of Chocolate is celebrating the sweet stuff in style during National Chocolate Week. In a city rich with over 150 years of chocolate history visitors can experience seven days of chocolate indulgence.

York has Christmas All Wrapped Up

27 September 2013

York is launching a festive programme for 2013 set to place the city as the top destination in the UK for a Christmas break. Activities will run from November, right through to Christmas and into the New Year.

Marketing summit to promote the North of England

19 September 2013

Tourism leaders from destinations across the North of England gathered in York yesterday (Wednesday 18 September), as destination marketing organisations from across the North of England came together to discuss best tourism practice at the Cedar Court Grand Hotel.

www.visityork.org Scoops Best Travel Website

19 September 2013

Visit York's website www.visityork.org has scooped the title of 'Best Travel Website' at the Group Leisure Awards, a prestigious tourism industry awards ceremony, held at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole last night (Wednesday 18 September).

York in the running - again - for national tourism award

13 August 2013

Visit York, the city's official tourism organisation, is up for yet another national tourism award.

Britain's Answer to The Blarney Stone? Kissing Couples Give The Answer On International Kissing Day

3 July 2013

Kissing couples are flocking to a historic land-mark in York which, according to tourism chiefs, is fast becoming Britain's answer to The Blarney Stone.

UK's First 'Urban Picnic Guide' Launched By Visit York To Mark National Picnic Week (June 17 - 23)

13 June 2013

The UK's first 'Urban Picnic Guide' has been created to celebrate National Picnic Week (June 17-23). Tourism organisation Visit York has developed the online guide to illustrate where in the city visitors and residents can enjoy a picnic. It features both indoor and outdoor sites including a medieval graveyard, the city’s medieval walls, the National Railway Museum and the chance to picnic 200ft in the air, overlooking the city on the York Wheel.

Historic City Thanks Unsung 'Heritage Heroes'

3 June 2013

During national Volunteers' Week (June 1-7) the historic City of York celebrates its thousands of passionate tourism volunteers - from tour guides and train enthusiasts to Vikings and visitor centre staff. The annual awareness campaign, organised by Volunteering England, marks the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK in all walks of life.

Treasure our Treasures - Historic City of York Celebrates International Museum Day

16 May 2013

York's museums will celebrate the city's rich history starting this weekend to mark International Museum Day (May 18). For the first time social media will be used by the city's tourism organisation Visit York to establish York as one of the country's most important cities for its rich collection of cultural and historic artefacts.

All the World's a Stage at the Visit York Annual Tourism Awards

10 May 2013

Shakespeare's iconic quote 'all the world's a stage' was brought to life last night (Thursday 9th May), at York Racecourse, where thirteen businesses took to the podium at the annual Visit York Tourism Awards. This year's esteemed title of York Tourism Ambassador was awarded to Damian Cruden, Artistic Director at the York Theatre Royal.

Pubs, puffins and punting all make VisitEngland's bucketlist!

23 April 2013

The world's largest greenhouses and its best mountain biking routes, a first edition of Shakespeare's sonnets and Europe's first international dark sky reserve all help make up VisitEngland's "101 things to do before you go abroad", revealed to mark St George's Day.

Gromit, lad! We're Going to York

19 April 2013

As the new champions for staycations in a campaign led by VisitEngland and supported by the home nation tourist boards of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, Wallace and Gromit will be visiting York as part of their own great English adventure.

Tourism Chief To Step Down

3 April 2013

Visit York, the city's official tourism organisation, has announced that its Chief Executive, Gillian Cruddas MBE, will step down from her position on 31 October.

Sexy Landlords and Taxidermy...The search is on for York's Best Pub/Bar

25 March 2013

Sexy landlords, taxidermy, fine food and ghosts; all these and more are reasons that five of York's pubs and bars have made it through to the final round in the Visit York annual Tourism Awards.

Promoting York through Travel's Biggest, Baddest Bucket List

22 March 2013

Visit York, the city's official tourism agency, has teamed up with My Destination, a global travel resource powered by a community of local experts, to help promote travel's Biggest, Baddest Bucket List and offer one lucky person the opportunity of a lifetime - a six month, all inclusive, blogging trip around the world to a minimum of 25 international destinations and $50,000 (USD).

Finalists revealed for Visit York Annual Tourism Awards

20 March 2013

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.

Voting opens to support Frigga Boardotter in her quest to become Visit England's Tourism Superstar

11 February 2013

Voting opens this week to decide the winner of Tourism Superstar 2013, run by national tourist board VisitEngland.

Search is on for York's Tourism Stars

7 February 2013

The hunt for York's tourism stars is on once again, with the launch of the 2013 Visit York Tourism Awards.

Leading Travel Journalist Shares Top Tips for 48 Hours in York

25 January 2013

Senior Travel Editor of The Independent and esteemed travel journalist Simon Calder will this weekend launch his top tips for spending 48 hours in York to over 300,000 readers of The Independent newspaper, both in print and online.

New Tourism Campaign To Woo Romantic Brits

21 January 2013

Romantic Brits are to be wooed by tourism organisation Visit York to book a stay in York as part of a new multi-channel marketing campaign in partnership with the national tourism body VisitEngland.