Tourism Awards 2017 – Shortlist announced

Regarded as the tourism “Oscars”, the REYTAs honour the brightest and best in this region’s tourism industry and celebrate the enormous achievements of businesses across Hull and East Yorkshire.

The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at The Spa, Bridlington on March 30th.
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Hull and East Yorkshire’s premier tourism awards, the REYTAs, have achieved record entries yet again. And such was the quality, the organisers, Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY) had to introduce an additional category during the short-listing process because of the “overwhelming” numbers vying for the honour of Remarkable Tourism Event.

“The number of entries submitted and the quality of them was truly remarkable,” said event co-ordinator Paul Vinsen. “The standard gets better each year across all the categories but in the case of the Remarkable Tourism Event we had so many good ones we took the decision to create two awards – for events attracting under 30,000 visitors and over 30,000.”

In the under 30,000 category, the Rod Stewart concert at the KCOM Stadium in Hull is up against such diverse attractions as Bridlington Seafood Festival, the Driffield Agricultural Show, Cottingham Food & Drink Festival and Beverley Puppet Festival, while in the larger category finalists are Made in Hull, which made headlines during the first week of Hull City of Culture, Beverley Food Festival and three other Hull festivals – Freedom, Humber Street Sesh and the Amy Johnson Festival.

The hotly-anticipated list for the 2017 Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (the REYTAs), announced today, features some of Hull and East Yorkshire’s finest attractions, restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels, accommodation providers and tourism experiences.

The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at The Spa, Bridlington on March 30th.

Regarded as the tourism “Oscars”, the REYTAs honour the brightest and best in this region’s tourism industry and celebrate the enormous achievements of businesses across Hull and East Yorkshire.

Tourism is a vital part of this area’s economy, contributing £797 million annually. The REYTAs help to support the industry by raising awareness of the superb quality on offer to visitors.

In total, finalists in 15 categories are being announced today with a 16th award, the Remarkable East Yorkshire Passion Award, being given on the night to the person considered to have made a significant contribution to tourism in the region.

New categories unveiled this time include the Remarkable Family Friendly Experience, which was open to to any food service, accommodation provider or visitor attraction that specialises in serving the family market, and the Remarkable Hull and East Yorkshire Passion Award for Arts and Culture

In the former, Sewerby Hall and Gardens is up against the Smile Cafe & Play Barn at The Mile Farm Shop, Pocklington, and the Wrygarth Inn, at Great Hatfield, near Hornsea, while the latter, which was open to individuals, organisations and events, sees Goole’s Castaway Theatre short-listed against Hull Truck Theatre, the Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival and Rick Welton, who has worked on various arts projects in Hull, notably 2010’s renowned Larkin with Toads and, more recently, as director of the Amy Johnson Festival.

Andy Gray, tourism manager of Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted with the response to this year’s REYTAs with a record number of entries making 2017 the most competitive ever.

“We have some outstanding businesses and organisations on the shortlist which will make the mystery shoppers’ task very difficult in finding the winners.”

Tickets for the awards evening are available, individually or tables of ten, at £50 + VAT per head. Visit the VHEY website (www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com)

REMARKABLE EAST YORKSHIRE TOURISM AWARDS FINALISTS 2017

Remarkable Bed & Breakfast:

  • The Toll Cottage, Cottingham
  • Highfield Farm B&B, Southburn
  • Wold Cottage, Wold Newton
  • Wolds Village, Bainton

Remarkable Conference Venue

  • KCOM Stadium, Hull
  • Mercure Grange Park Hotel, Willerby
  • Village Hotel Club, Hull
  • Bishop Burton College
  • Hallmark Hotel, North Ferriby

Remarkable Cuppa/Afternoon Tea

  • Drewton’s Farm Shop, South Cave
  • Lempicka Cafe & Bistro, Beverley
  • T C Patisserie, Beverley
  • Tickton Grange Country Hotel
  • Wolds Village, Bainton

Remarkable Family Friendly Experience

  • Wrygarth Inn, Great Hatfield
  • Smile Cafe & Play Barn at The Mile Farm Shop, Pocklington
  • Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Remarkable Holiday Park

  • Cowden Holiday Park
  • Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges, Bishop Wilton
  • Sand le Mere Holiday Village
  • Tunstall  Patrington Haven Leisure Park
  • Far Grange Park & Golf Club, Skipsea
  • Wolds Village, Bainton

Remarkable Hotel of the Year

  • Mercure Grange Park Hotel, Willerby
  • Mercure Hull Royal Hotel
  • The Lowther Hotel, Goole
  • Holiday Inn, Hull Marina
  • Hallmark Hotel, North Ferriby

Remarkable Newcomer

  • Little Otchan Shepherd’s Hut, Halsham
  • Butt Farm Caravan & Campsite, Beverley
  • Tapasya@Marina, Hull
  • The Head of Steam, Hull
  • North Star Club, Houghton Moor Wood, Sancton
  • North Beach Fish & Chips, Bridlington

Remarkable Restaurant

  • The Westwood Restaurant, Beverley
  • Tapasya (Beverley Road), Hull
  • 1884 Wine & Tapas Bar, Hull
  • 1884 Dock Street Kitchen, Hull
  • Hide Restaurant, Tickton Grange Hotel
  • The Black Horse, Little Weighton

Remarkable Self-Catering Provider

  • Acorn Glade, Melbourne
  • Broadgate Farm Cottages, Walkington
  • Choose Amuse, Walkington
  • Nordham Cottages, North Cave
  • Field House Farm Cottages, Sewerby
  • High Barn Cottages, Bempton

Remarkable Taste of East Yorkshire

  • Drewton’s Farm Shop, South Cave
  • The Yorkshire Wagyu Company, Tibthorpe
  • Hull Pie, Hull
  • Laurel Vine Vineyard and Winery, Aike, Driffield
  • T Soanes & Son (Poultry), Middleton on the Wolds
  • Great Newsome Brewery, South Frodingham

Remarkable Small Tourism Event

  • Rod Stewart at the KCOM Stadium
  • Bridlington Seafood Festival
  • Driffield Agricultural Show
  • Cottingham Food & Drink Festival
  • Beverley Puppet Festival

Remarkable Large Tourism Event

  • Made in Hull
  • Freedom Festival, Hull
  • Humber Street Sesh, Hull
  • Amy Johnson Festival, Hull
  • Beverley Food Festival

Remarkable Visitor Attraction

  • East Riding Leisure Bridlington
  • Burton Constable Hall
  • Spotlight Theatre, Bridlington
  • Beverley Racecourse
  • The Yorkshire Belle, Bridlington

Remarkable Pub

  • Duke of York, Skirlaugh
  • Furley & Co., Hull
  • The Humber Tavern, Paull
  • The Lion & Key, Hull
  • The Old House, Hull

Passion Award for Arts and Culture

  • Castaway Theatre, Goole
  • Hull Truck Theatre
  • Rick Welton
  • Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival

Tickets for the awards evening are available, individually or tables of ten, at £50 + VAT per head. Visit the VHEY website (www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com)

The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at The Spa, Bridlington on March 30th.
Onlookers Driffield

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