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The region’s big tourism awards return for 2022

Businesses across Driffield and the Wolds will flock to Bridlington Spa this autumn as the Remarkable Hull & East Yorkshire Tourism Awards return in person for the first time in three years.

The awards, more commonly known as the REYTAs, reward the region’s best, brightest, most successful and innovative tourism businesses.

The REYTAs will be held in person for the first time since 2019 having been held virtually in 2020 and cancelled last year. Normally hosted in March, the 2022 awards, organised by tourism body Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY), will be held on Thursday 10th November.

Previous Wolds winners include The Wold Cottage in Wold Newton, The Yorkshire Wagyu Company in Tibthorpe, Kingfisher Lakes Glamping in Brandesburton and Side Oven Bakery in Foston-on-the-Wolds.

Now in their 12th year, the REYTAs, are being run in association with the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2023 and eligible winners will be automatically put forward to the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2023.

To mark the tie-in with the country’s national tourist board, the 2022 REYTAs have been further enhanced with new, additional, categories.

There are now 16 in total, including one bestowed by Visit Hull & East Yorkshire to honouring an individual who has made a significant contribution to tourism in the region.

A new category this time is the Remarkable Resilience and Innovation Award, which will recognise tourism businesses who have demonstrated innovation, resilience and adaptation, along with support for their local communities, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to these, the REYTAs also honour the very best, from major visitor attractions and events to hotels and accommodation providers, restaurants, pubs, cafes, food retailers and producers.

The REYTAs are open to all tourism businesses in Hull and East Yorkshire, large and small. Entry is free and easy to complete and can be done online by visiting reytas.co.uk

Entries must be submitted by Sunday 11th September, after which a shortlist of finalists will be drawn up.

Judging will then take place via independent panels and mystery shopping, ahead of a glittering awards ceremony at Bridlington Spa.

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