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The Visit York Tourism Awards celebrate excellence across a diverse range of categories, highlighting the outstanding achievements of businesses and individuals within York’s vibrant tourism sector.

Each category honours those who have demonstrated exceptional quality, innovation, and dedication to providing memorable experiences for visitors. From inclusive tourism to sustainable practices, and from the best in accommodation to extraordinary events, these awards recognize the very best that York has to offer. Explore the categories below to find the perfect fit for your business and take the opportunity to shine on both local and national stages.

Don’t miss out - apply now and showcase your excellence in York’s thriving tourism industry!

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Visit York Tourism Awards - Categories

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Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award

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This award recognises tourism businesses that excel in providing an inclusive customer experience, particularly for those with accessibility requirements.

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B&B and Guest House of the Year

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This award recognises bed & breakfast and guest house businesses providing truly memorable guest experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business.

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Camping, Glamping, Holiday Park and Self Catering Accommodation of the Year

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This award recognises self catering accommodation, holiday parks, sites and villages that provide exceptional guest experiences across properties for let, static vans, touring pitches, shepherd's huts and more.

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Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award

Award sponsored by First Bus

This award recognises tourism businesses committed to being sustainable, responsible and ethical in how they operate and interact with customers, the wider community and the environment.

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Event, Festival or Cultural Experience of the Year

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This award recognises organisers of truly memorable and immersive events and festivals for visitors to enjoy.

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Experience of the Year

Award sponsored by LNER

This award recognises providers of truly memorable and immersive activities for visitors to participate in.

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Independent Business of the Year

Award sponsored by Latimer by Clarion Housing Group

For businesses directly involved in tourism, with unique selling point that might be a retail offering, theme or entertainment and with no more than 5 branches.

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Large Hotel of the Year

Award sponsored by Streamline Taxis

This award recognises full service hotels providing truly memorable guest experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business.

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Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

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This award recognises large visitor attraction businesses providing truly memorable visitor experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business.

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New Tourism Business Award

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This award recognises high performing new tourism businesses, demonstrating excellent understanding of their market, exceeding the expectations of their customers with clear plans for future development.

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Pub of the Year

Award sponsored by Hunter Gee Holroyd

This award recognises pubs that make a significant contribution to tourism in their area, with a food and drink offering that includes quality locally sourced produce.

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Retailer of the Year

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This award recognises businesses that make a significant contribution to tourism in their area, with a retail offering.

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Small Hotel of the Year

Award sponsored by Booking.com

This award recognises small serviced accommodation businesses providing truly memorable guest experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business.

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Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

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This award recognises small visitor attraction businesses providing truly memorable visitor experiences and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business.

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Taste of England Award

Award sponsored by Fowlers

This award recognises businesses within the tourism industry that offer food, beverage and service innovation and excellence.

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The Best of York Award

Sponsored by York St John

This award recognises the very best that York has to offer, be it a business, a team or an individual.

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Hospitality Hero Award

The ‘Hospitality Hero’ award recognises the contributions of an individual who plays an integral role within a hospitality business, and the vital part they play within their team and in welcoming guests. Nominations are welcome from Visit York and Hospitality Association York (HAY) members. The deadline for applications is 5pm, 20 December 2024.

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