Finalists revealed for Visit York Annual Tourism Awards

20 Mar 2013 @ 11.56 am
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Issued by Visit York

The Frankel Factor at York racecourse, Umbrella Sky at Clifford’s Tower and last summer’s ambitious production of the York Mystery Plays – these are three of the visitor experiences which have been shortlisted for a coveted Visit York Tourism Award.

Following record entry levels 54 tourism businesses in all have been shortlisted by a panel of independent judges for York’s 2013 annual Tourism Awards, which will take place on Thursday 9 May at York Racecourse.

From Visitor Attraction of the Year to the Outstanding Customer Service Award, the 13 award categories will showcase the cream of the crop in York’s tourism businesses and will celebrate those going the extra mile to give visitors a memorable and quality experience.

Over the coming weeks, the panel of judges will be reviewing the shortlisted businesses and conducting “mystery shopping” visits. Winners from each category will then have the opportunity to go forward to the regional White Rose Awards and the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

Three new categories will be hotly contested this year which are Restaurant of the Year, Café/Tearoom of the Year and best Visitor Experience.

Gillian Cruddas MBE, Chief Executive of Visit York, said: “York’s tourism businesses continually strive to achieve higher and higher standards in order to retain a competitive edge. This is one of the many reasons York remains a world class visitor destination and I wish all the finalists the very best of luck for 9 May.”

York’s Tourism Ambassador 2013, which was awarded to Ian Reed, Director of Yorkshire Air Museum in 2012, will be kept a hidden secret till the night of the awards and revealed to an audience of over four hundred.


The 2013 Visit York Tourism Awards finalists

Guest Accommodation of the Year


The Bloomsbury

Carlton House


Hotel of the Year

Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa

Dean Court Hotel

Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

Novotel York

Royal York Hotel & Event Centre

York Marriott Hotel

Self Catering/Caravan Park of the Year

Apartments 5, 6 & 12 Monkbridge Court

Jollydays Luxury Camping

The Riverside York

Robin Hood Caravan Park

The York Hop Store

Restaurant of the Year

El Piano

The Grill Room at Cedar Court Grand Hotel & Spa

Mumbai Lounge

The Oak Room at Middlethorpe Hall & Spa

The Royal Oak

Café/Tearoom of the Year

Café Harlequin

Filmore & Union

Spring Espresso

York Cocoa House

Visitor Attraction of the Year

Beningbrough Hall and Gardens

National Railway Museum


York Castle Museum

York Maze

Visitor Experience of the Year

Jorvik Viking Festival

York Maze Halloween/Hallowscream

York Minster /The Orb

York Mystery Plays 2012

York Racecourse – Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival 2012

Shopping Experience of the Year

Hotel Chocolat

Jack Wolfskin

Now and Then Events – York Does Vintage


York Cocoa House

Marketing Campaign of the Year

Now and Then Events – York Does Vintage

Umbrella Sky at Clifford’s Tower

York Maze 2012 & Halloween Events

York Mystery Plays 2012

York Racecourse – Unlocking the Frankel Factor

Conference Venue of the Year

National Railway Museum

Royal York Hotel & Event Centre

The Merchant Taylors Hall

York Conferences

York Racecourse Hospitality

Outstanding Customer Service Award

Amanda Fogg – Hedley House Hotel

Guy Wallis – The Golden Fleece

Shirley Fletcher – Hilton York

Alexandra Claydon & Samantha de la Tour, Now and Then Events

Rebecca & Damian Palmer-Bunting, Robin Hood Caravan Park

Finalists for the People’s Choice Award – Pub/Bar of the Year will be revealed next week when members of the public will be invited to vote online at to decide the nation’s favourite pub or bar to enjoy a tipple in York.

Tickets for the Visit York Tourism Awards cost £45 + VAT. For further information on the awards call Alison Ruddick, Events Executive on 01904 554458 or email [email protected]

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