Organisers of the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs) are confident of attracting a record number of entries this year due to the amount of interest already in this year’s competition.
Major backing, in the form of sponsorship, has come from businesses in the region and with just four days to go before the January 20 closing date, entries are already ahead of last year.
“There is always a tremendous buzz around the REYTAs, not least because it’s a showcase for all that’s best about Hull and East Yorkshire,” said Andy Gray, VHEY’s tourism manager. “Previous winners tell us what a difference it makes, not only for staff morale, but for marketing themselves to a wider audience. They are a kite mark for quality.”
There are a total of 14 categories that businesses can enter, which can be done free and online by visiting www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com/reyta.
A shortlist of finalists in all categories will be drawn up after the January 20 closing date, all of whom will will be invited to the final on March 19 at the KC Stadium in Hull where the winners - selected by a panel of independent experts - will be announced.
Winners will also be eligible to be shortlisted through to the finals of the national Visit England tourism awards.
The awards are free to enter and the process has been made even simpler this year. “Individuals and businesses can just enter themselves by visiting our website - they don’t have to wait to be nominated,” said REYTAs organiser Paul Vinsen.
“There really is nothing to lose and everything to gain - just being shortlisted, let alone winning, will put the spotlight firmly on their businesses.
“All those shortlisted will be featured at our prestigious awards dinner, with individual videos spotlighting what they have to offer being shown during the evening,” he said.
So which categories can you vote for?
Remarkable Hotel Accommodation
Open to hotels large and small that provide the best overnight stay and the highest standards of accommodation.
Remarkable Bed and Breakfast
Open to all types of accommodation, including B&Bs, farmhouses, inns and restaurants with rooms.
Remarkable Self-Catering Provider
Recognising the best overnight stay in Hull and East Yorkshire and open to all types of accommodation, including serviced apartments, caravans, lodges etc., that have quality assurance from the AA, Visit Britain or an equivalent industry scheme.
Remarkable Food Provider
Open to all sectors of the tourism industry including restaurants, cafés, tea rooms, accommodation providers, visitor attractions, pubs, delis, farm shops and food/drink producers in Hull & East Yorkshire that provide a visitor or dining experience linked to local food (including demonstrations and tasting).
Remarkable Food Producer
Open to all sectors of the tourism industry who are producers, processors or growers of local food and drink products.
For the café or tea room that serves the best tea or coffee and refreshments in Hull and East Yorkshire.
Remarkable Restaurant of the Year
For the restaurant, café, hotel, accommodation provider, pub or independent deli that serves the best food in Hull & East Yorkshire.
For the best pub serving the highest quality beverages in the finest surroundings.
Remarkable Conference and Meeting Venue
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/Experience
What is the best tourism attraction or experience in Hull and East Yorkshire that puts a smile on visitors’ faces and creates special memories? Experiences can be specific activity, or a special package offering.
Remarkable Small Tourism Event (under 20,000 visitors per year)
Recognising the best event, experience or festival in Hull and East Yorkshire that takes place over a day, weekend, week, month or season? The event can be free or paid for; a one-off happening or a rolling series of annual events.
Remarkable Large Tourism Event (over 20,000 visitors per year)
For larger events but with the same judging criteria as the small tourism event.
Remarkable Sustainable Award
Open to any tourism business that can illustrate their excellence and commitment to sustainable best practice.
Remarkable East Yorkshire Passion
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.