ENTRIES are now open for a region wide award that celebrates the best of tourism in the East Riding and Hull.
Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY) have once again launched their Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs) and urge local tourism businesses to put themselves forward for an award.
Local winners at March’s 2012 awards included Bridlington Spa, which was named Remarkable Conference Venue; High Barn Cottages, Sewerby, which were named Remarkable Newcomer; Wold Top Brewery of Wold Newton, which received the Remarkable Fayre award; and Burton Agnes Hall, which won the Remarkable Day Out category.
A glittering ceremony is planned for next March and for the first time in the history of the REYTAs, winners will have the opportunity to grab national glory as well by going through to the finals of Visit England’s own tourism ‘Oscars’.
VHEY tourism manager Andy Gray said: “The REYTAs are an opportunity for our local tourism businesses to celebrate quality.
“One of our aims in 2013 is to increase the number of businesses participating. In 2012 we had over 100 businesses entering. We would encourage businesses to enter and plenty of help will be available with the application process if required.
Entry is free and REYTA nomination forms can be picked up from any Tourist Information Centre in the area or completed online at www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com/reyta
The deadline for entries is January 14, 2013. Entries will be shortlisted and invited to the final on March 14, 2013, where the winners - selected by a panel of independent experts - will be announced.
An additional award - Remarkable East Yorkshire Passion - will be selected by the Visit Hull and East Yorkshire Board to honour the person who, in their view, has made the greatest contribution to tourism in our region in the previous year.
Coun Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic development, tourism and rural issues at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “East Yorkshire has a lot to offer visitors, from picturesque countryside to top class beaches and market towns to stately homes.
“Tourism plays a vital role in our local economy; supporting thousands of jobs and attracting visitor spend to the East Riding.”
l The categories for the 2013 REYTA awards are as follows:
Remarkable Hotel Accommodation.
Remarkable Bed and Breakfast, open to all types of accommodation including B&Bs, farmhouses, inns and restaurants.
Remarkable Self-Catering Provider, open to all types of accommodation that have quality assurance from the AA, Visit Britain or an equivalent industry scheme.
Remarkable Fayre, open to any business that provides a visitor or dining experience linked to local food (including demonstrations and tasting).
Remarkable Cuppa, for the café or tea room that serves the best refreshments.
Remarkable Restaurant of the Year, for the restaurant, café, hotel, accommodation provider, pub or independent deli that serves the best food.
Remarkable Business Tourism Award. This is open to any organisation in the business tourism sector including exhibition centres, convention hotels, country house properties, conference, banqueting and training venues.
Remarkable Visitor Attraction.
Remarkable Tourism Experience/Event - for the best event, experience or festival in Hull and East Yorkshire.
Remarkable Caravan Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year.
Remarkable Access for All Award - open to any tourism business that is providing access for all visitors including people with impairments and other physical and sensory access needs.
Remarkable Sustainable Award - open to any tourism business that can illustrate their excellence and commitment to sustainable best practice.