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30/06/2016

Vote for York!
as European Destination of 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. And following the recent EU referendum tourism chiefs are keener than ever that York demonstrates its place in the European tourism sector. 300,000 travellers choose to travel by Interrail each year, buying a rail pass which offers travel in up to thirty European countries.

Rich in culture and encircled by its superb medieval City Walls, York showcases some of England’s earliest history and most loved attractions. At the heart of the city lies York Minster, one of the world’s most awe-inspiring Gothic cathedrals which represents medieval architecture on the grandest scale. Equally impressive is Clifford's Tower, almost all that remains of York Castle, which was built by William the Conqueror. Visitors to York can enjoy world-class attractions, museums, historic buildings, tours, shops, restaurants and bars within the compact walled city.

Kate McMullen, Head of Tourism at Make It York, said, ‘We’re absolutely delighted our entry into these awards has been successful and that York has been shortlisted. York is loved for its rich history, stunning architecture and vibrant cultural life. If you’re passionate about York, please vote for the city to win! Winning will be a fantastic achievement, further cementing the city’s position for international and European visitors as a brilliant go-to destination by rail.’

According to Eurail Group G.I.E. (the organisation dedicated to the management of Interrail and Eurail Passes) York is a very popular destination among all nationalities of Interrailers arriving to the UK last year. A spokesperson at Interrail said, ‘The UK One Country Pass ranked highly in the Top 10 passes sold to customers in all European countries and, with fantastic rail links, it is no surprise that York is a ‘must-see’ destination for Interrailers travelling in the UK’.

You can vote for York in the Interrail European Destination of the Year 2016 competition at www.facebook.com/interrail. By voting, you'll be entered into a raffle to win two Interrail Passes, enabling travel across Europe. Voting will close on 6th July 2016 and shortly afterwards the winning city will be announced. Find out more information about the competition at www.interrail.eu/news/interrail-destination-of-2016. For more information on visiting York go to www.visityork.org.

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For further information please contact:

Kay Hyde – Head of Communications – Make It York

Direct Line: 01904 554451
Mobile: 07506 048852
Email: kay.hyde@makeityork.com

Cassie Meegan-Vickers – Senior Communications Executive – Make It York

Direct Line: 01904 554436
Email: cassie.meegan-vickers@makeityork.com

Notes to the Editor

About Make It York and Visit York

Make It York (York’s Destination Management Organisation)
Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally - as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.

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:

6.8 million visitors annually, £608 million total visitor spend, supporting 20,300 jobs