The search has begun for the region’s Remarkable tourism businesses, with the launch of the 2016 Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (the REYTAs) by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire.
Regarded as the tourism “Oscars”, the REYTAs honour the very best, from major visitor attractions and events to hotels and accommodation providers, restaurants, pubs, cafes, food retailers and producers.
And this year, for the first time, Yorkshire Regional Newspapers, publisher of the Bridlington Free Press, will be backing the awards as sponsors of one of the new categories, which is to find the best caravan or holiday park in East Yorkshire.
Editor Ed Asquith said: “We are delighted to be associated with the REYTAs and look forward to featuring some of East Yorkshire’s finest tourism businesses within our pages.
“In the coming weeks we will be launching our “Pride of East Yorkshire” campaign in association with the REYTAs and would love to hear from readers about their favourite places across all the competition categories.”
Current holders of a REYTA include Hull’s Freedom Festival, judged to be the best large tourism event, Tickton Grange, near Beverley, named best hotel, and Sewerby Hall, near Bridlington, which picked up the award for best visitor attraction.
Now in their seventh year, the 2016 awards will be bigger and better than ever, featuring some new categories and culminating in a glittering awards ceremony at the The Spa in Bridlington next March.
For the winners there’s also the chance of national glory, too, as they will all be eligible for shortlisting through to the finals of the Visit England Excellence Awards.
The REYTAs are open to all tourism businesses in Hull and East Yorkshire, large and small, and is free to enter by visiting www.hullandeastyorkshire.com/reyta and then following the links to fill in a simple entry form.
Shortlisting in each category will take place after the closing date which is followed by mystery shopping ,where appropriate, to determine the winner.
The closing date is January 22, 2016, ahead of the finals night on March 17, 2016.
Other new categories unveiled include the Remarkable Taste of East Yorkshire, which is open to producers, processors and growers of local food and drink as well as farm shops and delis.
The judges will be looking for commitment to using or producing high quality local produce alongside excellent customer care.
Cllr Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic investment and tourism at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Now in its seventh year, the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs) continues to be the highlight of the local tourism calendar.
“The awards celebrate the best of what our area has to offer both residents and visitors, from fantastic leisure facilities to excellent accommodation as well as fine dining and first-class events.”