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Winners Announced – Visit York Annual Tourism Awards

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.

Now in their 18th year, the Visit York Tourism Awards celebrate individuals and companies who offer that extra special service and experience for York’s 6.7 million visitors, recognising and rewarding excellence in the city’s tourism sector. There was a record turnout, attended by over five hundred tourism businesses, as well as the Civic Party and Right Honourable Lord Mayor of York, Cllr Sonja Crisp.

A new award category this year - Best Family Friendly Experience – was the only category voted for by the public and this went to York Maze, who scooped a hat trick, with two more award wins; Best Visitor Attraction (over 50,000 visits) and Visitor Experience of the Year for their terrifying HallowScream event. Bishops Guest House scooped B&B of the Year, York Racecourse was named Best Conference Venue and the always hotly contested Restaurant of the Year title went to the Middlethorpe Hall and Spa.

Speaking of the winners Kate McMullen, Head of Consumer Products and Marketing at Make It York said, ‘For our tourism sector to be successful York needs exceptional people, as well as exceptional businesses and this is what these tourism awards celebrate. We’re delighted the standard of entries was higher than ever and congratulate all of our deserving winners and finalists.’

This year’s title of York Tourism Ambassador went to Roger Lee, Director of Time and Place Catering, Bedern Hall and Chairman of the York Festival Trust. Roger has been involved in tourism in York and has worked with the York Guilds for many years to bring the stories the York Mystery Plays to life through the York Mystery Plays on Pageant Waggons.

The winners of the Visit York Tourism Awards 2015:

Bed & Breakfast of the Year – Sponsored by Make it York
Winner - Bishops Guest House

Carr House Farm
No. 21 York

Café/Tearoom of the Year – Sponsored by City of York Council
Winner - El Piano

Cakes d'Licious
Nunnington Hall

Caravan Park of the Year – Sponsored by The Video Agency
Winner - Robin Hood Caravan Park

Cawood Holiday Park

Conference Venue of the Year – Sponsored by Saville Audio Visual
Winner - York Racecourse

National Railway Museum
Scarborough Spa
York Conferences
York Science Park Ltd

Family Friendly Experience of the Year – Sponsored by P & O Ferries
Winner - York Maze

DIG - An Archaeological Adventure
JORVIK Viking Centre
The Web Adventure Park
York Racecourse
Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland

Hotel of the Year – Sponsored by Streamline Taxi’s
Winner - The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa
Middleton's Hotel
The Judge's Lodgings
York Marriott Hotel

Outstanding Customer Service Award – Sponsored by Santander
Winner - Hilton Hotel, York - Donna Pryce

Deighton Lodge – Jennifer Marsden
The Whippet Inn Steak and Alehouse - Morgan McDermott
York Museums Trust - Thomas Jacobs
The team at Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland
The team at York Maze

Pub/Bar of the Year – Sponsored by Webmart
Winner - The Blue Boar

The Golden Fleece
The House of Trembling Madness
Walmgate Ale House & Bistro
The Drovers Arms

Restaurant of the Year – Sponsored by Morrell Middleton
Winner - Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

Hudson's Restaurant - Grand Hotel & Spa
Mumbai Lounge
The Star Inn The City
The Whippet Inn Steak and Alehouse

Self-Catering Venue of the Year – Sponsored by Be Independent
The Dovecote Barns

Lendal Tower
Wolds Edge Holiday lodges
York Hop Store
Street Farm Cottages

Shopping Experience of the Year – Sponsored by Fulprint
Winner - Love Cheese

Pandora York
York’s Chocolate Story
York Does Vintage - Now & Then Events

Visitor Attraction of the Year (Over 50,000 Visitors) – Sponsored by F.R. Fowler & Son
York Maze

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery & Gardens - The National Trust
Nunnington Hall - The National Trust
York’s Chocolate Story

Visitor Attraction of the Year (Under 50,000 Visitors) – Sponsored by York North Yorkshire East Riding Enterprise Partnership
Winner - Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland

Goddard's House and Gardens - The National Trust
The Richard III and Henry VII Experiences - The JORVIK Group
The World of James Herriot

Visitor Experience of the Year – Sponsored by York Data Services
Winner - York Maze – HallowScream

Wild Harvest
Yorkshire Food Finder
York Museums Trust - York Castle Museum
York Racecourse

York Tourism Ambassador
Roger Lee - Director of Time and Place Catering, Bedern Hall and Chairman of the York Festival Trust


For further information please contact:

Kay Hyde – Head of Communications – Make It York
Direct Line: 01904 554451
Mobile: 07506 048852

Katie Parsons – Senior Communications Executive – Make It York
Direct Line: 01904 554436

Notes to the Editor
York Tourism Ambassador 2015 – Roger Lee - Roger is chairman of York Festival Trust that organises the quadrennial internationally renowned Mystery Plays on Pageant Wagons; these see the city streets filled with pageantry, music and thousands of visitors and residents celebrating York's dramatic and literary heritage.

Roger Lee is Director of Time and Place Catering based at Bedern Hall York, the medieval venue that is owned by the Bedern Hall Company and is home to three Guilds of York.

Born and raised in York, he is a BA (Hons) Theology graduate of Durham University, Roger’s involvement in York is much more than just running the Hall. He is a director of the Bedern Hall Company and is also a Freeman of the City of York.

He is a big believer in providing forums for friendship and shared values and he has worked hard over the years to spread the stories of York across the globe. In 2012 he instigated MedFest, which is a collaboration of European academics and practitioners in the field of medieval performing arts, working to improve the interpretation, use and reinvention of the medieval period for modern communities and localities.

Roger is a member of the Association for Heritage Interpretation, has been a Trustee of Shopmobility York since 1998 and has been actively involved in Visit York, the Chamber of Commerce and other local organisations supporting the City’s many events and attractions over the years. In 2013 he established a new Foundation on the 30th Anniversary of Bedern Hall, one of York’s most historic buildings, in order to create an educational and information forum that develops inclusion for local people and visitors and for academic endeavour. This year he is also actively involved with others on revitalising the Minster Quarter Group which works to promote the historic core of the City. His interest in medieval history is only surpassed by his interest in his allotment gardening and fly-fishing!

Sponsors for the Visit York Tourism Awards 2015 are:
FR Fowler & Son
York Data Services
P&O Ferries
Saville Audio Visual
Streamline Taxis
Santander Corporate & Commercial
Morrell Middleton Accountants
Minster FM
Be Independent
The Video Agency
Make it York
City of York Council
York North Yorkshire East Riding Enterprise Partnership

About Make It York and Visit York

Make It York (York’s Destination Organisation) was launched on 19 May 2015. Make It York has an overarching remit to market the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally - as an exciting place to live, study, visit and do business. The remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, festivals and events, business support and inward investment.

Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand.
Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York

Key tourism facts:
6.7 million visitors annually, £573 million total visitor spend, supporting 19,000 jobs