Tourism success celebrated at Visit York's glittering awards night

Winners of the Visit York Tourism Awards 2014

Winners of the Visit York Tourism Awards 2014

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FIVE hundred people gathered for a night of celebration as York shone the spotlight on its tourism industry successes.

The annual Visit York Tourism Awards paid homage to a wide variety of business and individuals across the sector with 14 awards handed out on the night.

Hosted at the National Railway Museum, guests were welcomed with a red carped reception before enjoying French and Yorkshire- themed canapes in the Great Hall, in a nod to the forthcoming Tour de France.

The ceremony then got underway in the Station Hall, with a three-course dinner served to tables nestled among the carriages during intervals in the prize-giving.

As well as a range of businesses, a number of individuals were also recognised on the night, including Sarah Maltby, director of attractions with The JORVIK Group of Attractions, who was crowned York Tourism Ambassador of the Year.

Sarah said: "I am very shocked, and very surprised. It is amazing to get recognition for a job that you absolutely love.

"I love what I do, and it's fantastic to do something you enjoy with a team who are so supporting and encouraging, and also in city which has the highest quality, most diverse and fun tourism offering in the country."

Also taking to the stage was Jade Kelly, from Holiday Inn York, who was awarded the Outstanding Customer Service Award after judges praised her "enormous passion and enthusiasm for excellent customer service".

A poignant moment in the night saw all 500 guests rise to their feet and raise a glass for a toast in memory of Mike Bennett, who founded York's Richard III Museum, and died in March.

As the evening progressed the competition for the titles brought rapturous applause as the finalists were announced in many categories, with an almighty cheer and whoop when The Whippet Inn Steak and Ale House took Restaurant of the Year.

Co-owner Martin Bridge said: "We have been open just over a year and this is our first major award. I'm very lucky in that I have a great team of staff who are as passionate about the business I am. The buy-in from them is unimaginable."

A prize draw in aid of The Children's Air Ambulance closed the awards, with a DJ and charity casino leaving guests dancing and gambling into the early hours.

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10:17am Sat 10 May 14

purelobo says...

come on,what exactly are these events for other than self congratulation and back slapping.
come on,what exactly are these events for other than self congratulation and back slapping. purelobo
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10:37am Sat 10 May 14

fixedfanatic says...

purelobo wrote:
come on,what exactly are these events for other than self congratulation and back slapping.
That's exactly what they are,
El Piano won Cafe/Tearoom of the Year (its a restaurant and was also a finalist in the restaurant category)

Raithwaite Hall won Hotel of the Year (Its near Whitby) so surely covered by Scarborough Tourist Board?

Novotel won Conference venue of the year - about as a dull venue as you will ever find

Shopping Experience of the Year Winner: Pandora York - It's part of a huge chain, why not give it to one of the many great independent in York?

And before you begin the backlash I worked in hospitality for years and was a finalist as the employee of the year. I never won I was beaten by a bloke who worked in a juice bar!!
[quote][p][bold]purelobo[/bold] wrote: come on,what exactly are these events for other than self congratulation and back slapping.[/p][/quote]That's exactly what they are, El Piano won Cafe/Tearoom of the Year (its a restaurant and was also a finalist in the restaurant category) Raithwaite Hall won Hotel of the Year (Its near Whitby) so surely covered by Scarborough Tourist Board? Novotel won Conference venue of the year - about as a dull venue as you will ever find Shopping Experience of the Year Winner: Pandora York - It's part of a huge chain, why not give it to one of the many great independent in York? And before you begin the backlash I worked in hospitality for years and was a finalist as the employee of the year. I never won I was beaten by a bloke who worked in a juice bar!! fixedfanatic
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1:51pm Sat 10 May 14

acomblass says...

It is a shame when businesses in York do not either win or enter. After all the title is YORK Tourism Awards - not Yorkshire for which there is a separate competition. Still I suppose it gives Red Sonja an excuse to parade around and have a goods meal.
It is a shame when businesses in York do not either win or enter. After all the title is YORK Tourism Awards - not Yorkshire for which there is a separate competition. Still I suppose it gives Red Sonja an excuse to parade around and have a goods meal. acomblass
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2:46am Sun 11 May 14

eeoodares says...

It should be an accolade, but since Visit York do not even take the time or effort to blog the awards they run, perhaps it is only about selling tickets on the night.
I would imagine that Visit York will be history within 24 months....not quick enough!
It should be an accolade, but since Visit York do not even take the time or effort to blog the awards they run, perhaps it is only about selling tickets on the night. I would imagine that Visit York will be history within 24 months....not quick enough! eeoodares
  • Score: -29

10:52am Tue 13 May 14

AntMcM says...

So pleased they raised a glass to the lovely Mike Bennett RIP
So pleased they raised a glass to the lovely Mike Bennett RIP AntMcM
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