Bridlington is one of the top places to visit in the UK according to TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel website.
The company’s annual Certificate of Excellence Awards were given to 60 local businesses and the website named Bridlington as the 10th most likely place to find such a winner in the whole of the UK.
The poll also included Harrogate, York, Scarborough in its top 10.
The awards celebrate hospitality excellence and are given only to establishments, eateries, accommodations and attractions – which consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.
The ranking is great news for Bridlington’s tourism industry which is gearing up for a busy summer season.
The awards were calculated using reviews, ratings and volume and recency of reviews, from its website.
Bob Hilary, president of the Bridlington Tourism Association, said: “This is excellent news and its something we’ve always known, we’ve got some of the best accommodation in the country and this proves it.
“It’s very important that these reviews have come from individuals who visit and not just some critic who might spend a few hours in a place. It’s independent and that is the most important thing about it.
“Everything in Brid is not quite finished yet, the AAP, the Sewerby Hall work and the Leisureworld development are all pending, but when they are all complete Bridlington will be a real special place to stay.”
James Kay, from TripAdvisor, said: “Judging by the positive reviews that have been flooding in, hospitality businesses in Bridlington have certainly performed phenomenally well in the past year, and this is reflected in the high number of Certificate of Excellence winners the town is now home to.
“Bridlington attractions in particular have been well received – with over a quarter meeting the high standards needed to achieve a Certificate of Excellence.”
TripAdvisor is often a first port of call for holidaymakers planning trips and a good set of reviews on the site can make the difference between getting and losing a booking.
Sylvia Wright, whose business Lincoln House picked up a Certificate of Excellence Award, said: “We get a lot of our business from Trip Advisor so it’s a real boost if people can see you’ve got this award, it shows people you’re not just a one hit wonder.
“It’s an accolade that really means something.”
Bridlington mayor Cllr Shelagh Finlay, added: “I think it’s absolutely fantastic that we are getting such good reviews from TripAdvisor, and well done to all the businesses in Brid that have got these awards. It’s great news that 60 businesses have shown this quality of standard.”