Entries are now open for the prestigious Visit York Tourism Awards, which recognise, congratulate and celebrate businesses and individuals that deliver amazing experiences for visitors. Returning on Thursday 23 April 2020, the event which is sponsored by LNER, shines a spotlight on excellence and innovation in the tourism industry and offers eligible winners across a number of categories the chance to be automatically put forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020.

Businesses from across the city; from hotels to restaurants, pubs to visitor attractions are being urged to enter – with the deadline of Monday 6th January to submit their winning entries online at www.visityork.org/awards. Winners will be announced at a glittering award ceremony at the National Railway Museum, compered by Town Crier and Minster FM Breakfast Presenter Ben Fry.

Paul Whiting, Head of Marketing and Communications at Visit York said: “The awards have been created to recognise the stars of the tourism industry across the city and celebrate the hard work that goes in to providing first class experiences for visitors. For winners, the awards are also a fabulous opportunity to showcase their business on the national stage with automatic entry, for many categories, into the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. We would love to see entries from a wide array of businesses and we are looking forward to celebrating with all the finalists in April. ”

New categories for 2020 include ‘Experience of the Year’ and ‘Event of the Year’ which reward truly memorable and immersive activities and events and the ‘Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award’ which celebrates businesses that provide the best experiences for visitors with accessibility requirements.

The seventeen award categories for 2019 are: Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award, B&B or Guest House of the Year, Business Events Venue of the Year, Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year, Experience of the Year, Event of the Year*, International Tourism Award, Large Hotel of the Year, Large Attraction of the Year, New Tourism Business of the Year, Pub of the Year, Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year, Shop of the Year*, Small Hotel of the Year, Small Attraction of the Year, Taste of York Award and Tourism Champion of the Year*.

Once all the entries are in, a panel of independent judges will decide on the final shortlist and winners through a mix of mystery shopping and rigorous analysis against the entry criteria.

Businesses can download the forms and enter the Visit York Tourism Awards online at www.visityork.org/awards.  All entries must be submitted by 5PM on Monday 6th January.

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Notes to Editors:
The Visit York Tourism Awards are being run in association with the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. For more information on the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, visit https://www.visitbritain.org/business-advice/enter-awards-excellence

* Event of the Year, Shop of the Year and Tourism Champion of the Year are not eligible to go forward to the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.
Make It York
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.  The company’s 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:
6.9 million visitors annually, £564 million total visitor spend, supporting 19,000 jobs
 

Sponsors for the Visit York Tourism Awards 2020

Headline sponsor – LNER
Large Hotel of the Year - Streamline
Pub of the Year – Hunter Gee Holroyd
Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year - HomeAway
Large Attraction of the Year – Fowlers of York
Taste of York Award – Morrell Middleton
Business Events Venue of the Year – Sparq
Tourism Champion 2020 – LNER
International Tourism Award – City Cruises
Accessible & Inclusive Tourism Award – Yorkshire Gas & Power