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Cream Of England’s Tourism Industry - Awards
VisitEngland has revealed the cream of England’s tourism industry, announcing the winners of its Awards for Excellence for 2018, and Yorkshire has performed well.

Local winners include York’s Chocolate Story, which snatched gold in the Guided Tour of the Year category, whilst Harrogate’s Rudding Park Hotel came first after it was named Hotel of the Year.

The prestigious awards, running for 29 years, recognise, congratulate and celebrate businesses and individuals who raise the bar of England’s tourism offer.

The 21 winners range from Afternoon Tea of the Year to Tourism Pub of the Year, from Dog-Friendly Business of the Year to Visitor Information Provider of the Year. The winners were selected from hundreds of submissions including accommodation businesses, attractions, food establishments and guided tour operators, spanning the length and breadth of England from Cornwall to Yorkshire, from Kent to Suffolk, Somerset to Tyne & Wear.

Rudding Park
VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said:

“These awards shine a spotlight on our fantastic tourism industry with the winners showcasing the quality, innovation and excellence on offer throughout the country.

“From an outstanding boutique hotel in the Dales to a tour of York’s chocolate-making history, from pine holiday lodges on the sandy beaches of Cornwall to a quintessentially English country-pub in Hertfordshire, these winners provide outstanding and truly memorable visitor experiences.”

Latest VisitEngland statistics show that in 2017 Brits took more than 47 million holidays in England, up six percent on the previous year. Brits spent more than £11 billion on domestic staycations in 2017, also up six percent on 2016. Tourism in England contributes £106 billion to the economy.

Yorkshire Winners are as follows:

Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year
GOLD - Yorebridge House, Yorkshire
http://www.yorebridgehouse.co.uk

Guided Tour of the Year
GOLD - York’s Chocolate Story, Yorkshire
https://www.yorkschocolatestory.com

Hotel of the Year
GOLD - Rudding Park, Yorkshire
https://www.ruddingpark.co.uk

Inbound Tourism Award
BRONZE - The Grand Hotel & Spa, Yorkshire
https://www.thegrandyork.co.uk

Inclusive Tourism Award
BRONZE - Cottage in the Dales, Yorkshire
http://www.cottageinthedales.co.uk

Taste of England Award
SILVER - Miller’s Fish and Chips, Yorkshire
http://www.millersfish.co.uk

Tourism Pub of the Year
BRONZE - The Bruce Arms West Tanfield, Yorkshire
http://www.thebrucearms.com

Visitor Information Provider of the Year
GOLD - York Visitor Information Centre, Yorkshire
https://www.visityork.org/general-and-tourist-info/visitor-information-centre

Cream Of England’s Tourism Industry - Awards, 26th April 2018, 17:13 PM