A NUMBER of Bridlington businesses are hoping to taste success at the area’s premier tourism awards.
The shorlists for the fourth annual remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards feature a mixture of familiar faces and newcomers from the resort.
And a number of villages are also represented, after judges had to plough through a record number of entries. Having been named best conference venue last year, Bridlington Spa will be looking to make it a double by clinching the Best Business Tourism Award this time around.
Wold Top Brewery will be looking to retain its Remarkable Fayre honour from 2012, and there could be more success on other food and drink categories.
The Falling Stone at Thwing is in the running for Remarkable Pub, while Vanilla on Bridlington’s seafront has been recognised, not for its selection of ice creams but in the Remarkable Cuppa section.
Andy Gray, tourism manager of Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, said: “The response to the REYTAs has been excellent across the whole region. This year’s awards are the most hotly contested and have been the most difficult to shortlist because of the really high quality exhibited.
“When you look at the line-up it shows just what a remarkable offer we have in Hull and the East Riding. Those shortlisted are not just from one of two places but from right across the county and shows the depth and breath of quality. The tourism experience we offer has never been better.
“Congratulations and good luck to everyone who has made the shortlist. This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone involved in Hull and East Yorkshire’s tourism industry to join us to celebrate the fabulous offering in the region.”
Lincoln House, on Wellington Road, which won a Gold Award in the 2011 Bridlington Tourism Association Competition, is on the shortlist for best bed and breakfast, where it will be up against Village Farm at Skipsea.
The Carlton Apartments in The Crescent make the line up for Remarkable Self-Catering Provider while South Cliff Caravan Park has been included in the final three for the top holiday park, alongside Far Grange at Skipsea.
Bempton will have its fingers crossed in two categories, with the RSPB nature reserve having its eyes on the Remarkable Visitor Attraction trophy, and High Barn Cottages hoping to claim the Remarkable Sustainable Award, but it is going head-to-head with Yorkshire Coast Nature at Coastguard Cottages in Flamborough.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Hull Mercure Grange Park Hotel in Willerby, on March 14.