Businesses scoop honours at Yorkshire tourism awards

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Businesses in the Bridlington area were successful in the Hull and East Yorkshire tourism awards evening in Hull.

There were record entries for this year’s Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs), the sixth year running they have been organised by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY).

Among the winners were Wold Top Brewery, Sewerby Hall and Gardens and The Wold Cottage in their respective categories who have been rewarded for their efforts.

Andy Gray, VHEY’s tourism manager, described it as “a remarkable event to celebrate a remarkable industry which contributes over £757 million annually to the Hull and East Yorkshire economy and provides employment for more than 15,000 people.”

There were 68 finalists competing in the categories, which recognise the best individuals, attractions and hospitality businesses in the area’s tourism industry.

The judging panel praised the quality of Sewerby Hall’s bid, as they won the Visitor Attraction/Experience award, and described it as “an attraction which recently celebrated its 300th anniversary and has definitely stepped up a gear with an investment of £2.6 million, that has now created a brilliant day out for the visitor.”

Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I am delighted by the well-deserved success of Sewerby Hall and Gardens, a recognition of the superb refurbishment of the Hall itself, which has brought the ‘country house experience’ to Sewerby, and has proved hugely popular. A big well done to everyone.”

The Remarkable Food Producer was won by Wold Top Brewery with the judges commenting saying: “A business that has become one of the North’s leading breweries in the last 11 years. They market and distribute their quality ales regionally and nationally and are even making inroads internationally in Milan and Barcelona. A family business with a commitment to sustain, replenish and protect their beautiful surroundings.”

A director of Wold Top, Gill Mellor, said: “This was a very broad category but we are delighted to come out on top against a host of other strong candidates. I believe we are being rewarded for the high standards we set ourselves and the consistency levels so the customer’s experience is great every time.”

Winners were presented with unique awards created by ceramics students at Hull College.

“We have over 1,800 businesses who operate within the visitor economy in Hull and East Yorkshire and the quality of entries to the awards this year has been incredible,” said Mr Gray. “These awards allow us to showcase all that is remarkable about tourism in Hull and East Yorkshire and we certainly have plenty to celebrate. The bar has definitely been raised.”

The Wold Cottage was rewarded as the Remarkable Bed and Breakfast. The judges said the B&B was “found to have the tranquillity of a bygone era, but is warm and friendly too”.

Katrina Gray runs the Wold Cottage with husband Derek. She said: “This award proves proves that after 18 years we are still maintaining our excellent high standards and service. We meet some lovely people with more than 70% being repeats or recommendation.”

During the evening, Hull City Council’s tourism manager Anthony Yates revealed that VHEY will shortly be launching a new, three-year, tourism strategy aimed at driving tourism revenues to record-breaking levels. “Exciting times are ahead,” he said. “Our target is to generate an additional two million visitors into Hull and East Yorkshire and increase the visitor economy by a further £200 million by 2018.