There was success from the local area at last Thursday night’s Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs).
Known as Hull and East Yorkshire’s very own tourism “Oscars” the glittering awards evening was attended by 500 people at the Spa in Bridlington. Once again, there were record entries for the REYTAs, the seventh year running they have been organised by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY).
Andy Gray, VHEY’s tourism manager, described it as “a remarkable event to cele-brate a remarkable industry which contributes over £771 million annually to the Hull and East Yorkshire economy and provides employment for over 17,000 people.”
There were 75 finalists competing the various categories, which recognise the best individuals, attractions and hospitality businesses in the area’s tourism industry. Winners were presented with unique awards created by ceramics students at Hull College. The evening was hosted by Phil White, of BBC Radio Humberside, and guests included the Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Peter Turner, and the Lord Mayor of Kingston Upon Hull and Admiral of the Humber, Councillor Anita Harrison.
“The REYTAs both recognise and celebrate those businesses and individuals that work so hard to make our tourism industry in Hull & East Yorkshire the force that it is today,” 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 quality of our entries this year has been incredible. The bar has definitely been raised which can only be good for Hull and East Yorkshire as we strive to compete in a very competitive marketplace and prepare for the City of Culture and 2017.”
Tourism body VHEY, which is jointly funded by Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, launched the REYTAs in 2009 and they have gone on to be regarded as one of the most prestigious events in the industry. They are now also aligned to the Visit England awards, giving REYTA winners the chance of national honours.
Last week one of the winners from last year’s REYTAs, Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges at Bishop Wilton, near Pocklington, gained a silver award in the national finals of the Visit England awards, held in Blackpool.
The REYTAs are self-funding thanks to ticket sales and the support of sponsors. Sponsors include The Deep, Classlane Media, St Stephen’s, Strawberry, Lloyd Dowson Chartered Accountants, the Local Enterprise Partnership, East Yorkshire Events, Guestlink Tourism Solutions, East Yorkshire Events and Bridlington Spa.