Winners Announced – Visit York Annual Tourism Awards
Sixteen of York’s top tourism businesses celebrated a win in the Visit York annual Tourism Awards last night (Thursday 21 June). Winners were announced at a prestigious Black Tie awards ceremony, held in the Grand Station Hall of the National Railway Museum, compered by breakfast show hosts Ben Fry and Roxanne Pallett from Minster FM.
Two new categories were introduced this year with the National Railway Museum scooping the title of ‘Best Wedding Venue’ and York Cycling Tours being named ‘Best Guided Tour’.
The ‘Tourism Champion’ crown was passed on from last year’s winner Will Zhuang to Ann Deller. Ann was recognised for her outstanding contribution to tourism and the many years of service she has given to the Association of Voluntary Guides.
Marking its 21st year, the Visit York Tourism Awards celebrate individuals and companies who offer that extra special service and experience for York’s 6.9 million visitors, recognising and rewarding excellence in the city’s multi-million pound tourism sector. There was a fantastic turnout, attended by around four hundred tourism businesses.
In two of the most hotly contested categories, No.21 York scooped B&B of the Year and best hotel went to Grays Court. Restaurant of the Year title went to Hudson’s by Craig Atchinson at The Grand Hotel & Spa and The Balloon Tree Farmshop & Café won the award in the ‘Best Café or Tearoom’ category.
JORVIK Viking Centre and the York Army Museum both came out on top in the large and small attractions categories. And Jewellery retailer Azendi were delighted to collect the award for the best shopping experience.
Sally Greenaway, Head of Visit York, said:
“The awards recognise the very best in our industry. It has been brilliant to see more independent businesses taking part this year. We congratulate all of the winners and finalists for their commitment to ensuring York’s visitors have the very best experience here.”
Sixteen businesses from across the city sponsored the glittering awards ceremony, which included a Black Tie Dinner, a prize draw and live music by local bands Brassanova and The Rebel Sounds. Proceeds from the charity raffle will go to the Family Holiday Association, helping struggling families and children across Yorkshire to enjoy a visit to York.
Ann Deller worked alongside the city’s very first Director of Tourism, John Brown. Her family grew up in York and Ann started volunteering with the Association of Voluntary Guides about 40 years ago. She has been Chairman of the charity a few times, most recently from 2015 to 2018.
Ann's husband also served as Sheriff of York and Ann was an integral part of the Civic Party helping with lots of engagements and activities with charities and worthy causes during that time.
“Ann is one of those unsung heroes who has been working away behind the scenes for many years to promote everything that is wonderful about York. Her passion for the city shines across in everything she does and we’re delighted her contribution has been recognised tonight.”
Winners Announced – Visit York Annual Tourism Awards, 22nd June 2018, 14:12 PM