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19/09/2013 Scoops Best Travel Website

Visit York’s website 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). The awards are voted for by organisers of group travel.

Hosted by Group Leisure Magazine, the awards ceremony is the highlight of the year for some of the top names group travel. With 21 awards in total, over 300 people attended the ceremony, which took place on the first night of the Group Leisure & Travel Trade Show.

Awards were presented by Group Leisure Magazine Editor Rob Yandell, alongside special guest presenter, former England rugby international and television presenter, Martin Bayfield. York’s flagship tourism website was one of four finalists, beating off competition from and and

Gillian Cruddas MBE, Chief Executive of Visit York, said ‘We’re delighted to be awarded Best Travel Website. Since re-launching our website a year ago, our aim has been to push the boundaries of how we promote our city digitally. We pride ourselves on our service for groups coming into York. Groups tourism generates in excess of £25 million annual spend in York, so ensuring we look after group organisers is crucial in boosting our healthy tourism economy.’

Rob Yandell, Managing Editor of Group Leisure, said ‘With more group organisers going online to find ideas and help for their trips and breaks, it’s now even more vital that websites are fresh, easy to navigate and inspiring. With so much competition, it’s a real testament to the team at Visit York that its website has been voted best by Group Leisure readers this year.’ was newly launched in November 2012 and generates over 2 million unique visits annually. The new website introduced a number of enhanced features, which included a revamp of its four microsites, which includes As a result, Visit York saw a 57% increase in group travel enquiries in the six months following the re-launch.

Groups visiting York include everything from sports clubs and societies, to reunion groups, touring choirs and musicians to social get-togethers.

Visit York offers a free accommodation booking service, itinerary planning advice and a one-stop information point – as well as a website full of special offers and group travel news at Email or telephone 01904 550080 for more information.


Visit York Press Contacts:

Kay Hyde – Head of PR and Corporate Communications – Visit York Direct Line: 07506 048852 Email:

Katie Parsons – Senior Communications Executive – Visit York Direct Line: 01904 554436 Email:

About Visit York

• Visit York is supported by the City of York Council and over 700 tourism businesses and works in partnership with Visit England.

• Visit York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure and business visitor, and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York. Visit York is responsible for leisure and conference marketing, visitor services (running the city’s Visitor Information Centre), training and ensuring a quality visitor experience.

• Visit York is the driving force of the city’s tourism industry. Key facts: 7.1 million visitors, £443 million total visitor spend, 23, 000 jobs