Hull and East Yorkshire’s premier tourism awards, the REYTAs, have achieved record entries yet again.
And such was the quality, the organisers, Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY) had to introduce an additional category during the short-listing process because of the “overwhelming” numbers vying for the honour of Remarkable Tourism Event.
Paul Vinsen, event co-ordinator said;
“The number of entries submitted and the quality of them was truly remarkable,”
“The standard gets better each year across all the categories but in the case of the Remarkable Tourism Event we had so many good ones we took the decision to create two awards – for events attracting under 30,000 visitors and over 30,000.”
In the under 30,000 category, the Rod Stewart concert at the KCOM Stadium in Hull is up against such diverse attractions as Bridlington Seafood Festival, the Driffield Agricultural Show, Cottingham Food & Drink Festival and Beverley Puppet Festival, while in the larger category finalists are Made in Hull, which made headlines during the first week of Hull City of Culture, Beverley Food Festival and three other Hull festivals – Freedom, Humber Street Sesh and the Amy Johnson Festival.
The hotly-anticipated list for the 2017 Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (the REYTAs), announced today, features some of Hull and East Yorkshire’s finest attractions, restaurants, cafes, pubs, hotels, accommodation providers and tourism experiences.
The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at The Spa, Bridlington on March 30th.
Regarded as the tourism “Oscars”, the REYTAs honour the brightest and best in this region’s tourism industry and celebrate the enormous achievements of businesses across Hull and East Yorkshire.
Tourism is a vital part of this area’s economy, contributing £797 million annually. The REYTAs help to support the industry by raising awareness of the superb quality on offer to visitors.
In total, finalists in 15 categories are being announced today with a 16th award, the Remarkable East Yorkshire Passion Award, being given on the night to the person considered to have made a significant contribution to tourism in the region.
New categories unveiled this time include the Remarkable Family Friendly Experience, which was open to to any food service, accommodation provider or visitor attraction that specialises in serving the family market, and the Remarkable Hull and East Yorkshire Passion Award for Arts and Culture
Andy Gray, tourism manager of Visit Hull and East Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted with the response to this year’s REYTAs with a record number of entries making 2017 the most competitive ever.
“We have some outstanding businesses and organisations on the shortlist which will make the mystery shoppers’ task very difficult in finding the winners.”
Tickets for the awards evening are available, individually or tables of ten, at £50 + VAT per head. Visit the VHEY website (www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com)
REMARKABLE EAST YORKSHIRE TOURISM AWARDS FINALISTS 2017
Remarkable Bed & Breakfast:
The Toll Cottage, Cottingham
Highfield Farm B&B, Southburn, near Driffield
Wold Cottage, Wold Newton
Wolds Village, Bainton
Remarkable Conference and Meeting Venue:
Remarkable Cuppa/Afternoon Tea:
Remarkable Family Friendly Experience:
Remarkable Holiday Park/Holiday Village:
Cowden Holiday Park
Wolds Edge Holiday Lodges, Bishop Wilton
Sand le Mere Holiday Village, Tunstall
Patrington Haven Leisure Park
Far Grange Park & Golf Club, Skipsea
Remarkable Hotel of the Year:
Little Otchan Shepherd’s Hut, Halsham
Butt Farm Caravan & Campsite, Beverley
The Head of Steam, Hull
North Star Club, Houghton Moor Wood, Sancton
North Beach Fish & Chips, Bridlington
The Westwood Restaurant, Beverley
Tapasya (Beverley Road), Hull
1884 Wine & Tapas Bar, Hull
1884 Dock Street Kitchen, Hull
Hide Restaurant, Tickton Grange Hotel, Tickton
The Black Horse, Little Weighton
Remarkable Self-Catering Provider/Property:
Remarkable Taste of East Yorkshire:
Drewton’s Farm Shop, South Cave
The Yorkshire Wagyu Company, Tibthorpe
Hull Pie, Hull
Laurel Vine Vineyard and Winery, Aike, near Driffield
T Soanes & Son (Poultry), Middleton on the Wolds
Great Newsome Brewery, South Frodingham
Remarkable Small Tourism Event (under 30,000 people):
Remarkable Large Tourism Event (more than 30,000 people):
Made in Hull
Freedom Festival, Hull
Humber Street Sesh, Hull
Amy Johnson Festival, Hull
Beverley Food Festival
Remarkable Visitor Attraction/Experience:
Duke of York, Skirlaugh
Furley & Co., Hull
The Humber Tavern, Paull
The Lion & Key, Hull
The Old House, Hull
Remarkable Hull & East Yorkshire Passion Award for Arts and Culture:
Castaway Theatre, Goole
Hull Truck Theatre
Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival