Bridlington Spa big winner at White Rose Awards

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Yorkshire tourism royalty was crowned last night when businesses from across the county were recognised at the White Rose Awards 2013.

Bridlington Spa added to their awards tally by scooping the Business Tourism award.

Around 1,000 people attended the royalty-themed event alongside star guests including stars from TV’s Emmerdale, pro cyclists Dean and Russell Downing and singer/songwriter Alistair Griffin.

The awards, run by official tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire, are the biggest tourism awards in the UK.

Almost 100 businesses were shortlisted and winners were announced across 16 categories at New Dock Hall, Leeds, near the Royal Armouries.

Independent Chair of Judges, Professor Colin Mellors, added: “Every year Yorkshire tourism goes from strength to strength and the White Rose Awards are a great way of recognising this. From customer service to innovative events, every winner should be proud of their achievement.”

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The world is now waking up to Yorkshire and our awards recognise the amazing achievements of our fantastic tourism businesses that make the county what it is today.

“They collectively help make visitors’ trips to Yorkshire enjoyable, memorable and special. The welcome people receive is matched only by their visitor experience and that’s what helps set Yorkshire apart from the rest.

“All our winners tonight should be rightly proud of their achievement and everyone shortlisted should know that they are there on merit and making it this far is to be applauded.”