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Record-breaking tourism figures and record-breaking awards dinner

Latest figures released by regional tourism body Visit Hull and East Yorkshire show new records were set during 2017, with more visitors than ever visiting the area. They contributed to the industry being worth a massive £837 million annually to the local economy; supporting 18,257 jobs.

And more records are being set this Thursday (March 15) when 550 people attend the presentation of the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (the REYTAs) at the new DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Hull. A glittering occasion, the awards dinner will be shining the spotlight on one of Hull and East Yorkshire’s most important industries.

“This will be a truly memorable occasion,” said Andy Gray, VHEY’s tourism manager. “We’re delighted to be back in Hull and delighted to report a record number of entries from Hull businesses as well.

“The biggest positive for us, however, is the REYTAs are reaching all corners of Hull and East Yorkshire; the awards, now in their ninth year, continue to grow and people are engaging with the process.”

Mr Gray continued: “The quality of the tourism offer across Hull and East Yorkshire co ntinues to improve and plays a vital role in attracting visitors to the area; while the quality of the awards’ entries never fails to amaze me.”

After a drinks reception, guests can look forward to a sumptuous three-course meal; followed by the presentation of awards in 14 categories plus entertainment from one the country’s top party bands, The Tzars, making a rare headline appearance in their home town.

The awards will be hosted by Phil White, of Radio Humberside, assisted by Kofi Smiles, for many the “face” of Hull City of Culture, who reported all year on City of Culture events for the BBC.

Winners of this year’s REYTAs will also be eligible to be considered for the 2019 VisitEngland awards for excellence.

Councillor Terry Geraghty, portfolio holder for leisure and tourism at Hull City Council, said: “The REYTA awards continue to be a great opportunity to celebrate the vibrant and booming tourism offer in the region.

“We have had an amazing year as UK City of Culture with tourism figures reaching new records as the popularity of the region continues to grow. I would like to wish all of the nominees luck for the evening, they’re all fantastic examples of what our city and region has to offer.”

And Councillor Richard Burton, cabinet portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards are a celebration of all that is good about the industry locally and recognises the hard work, talent and dedication of those who work in this important industry.

“Now in its ninth year, the REYTAs is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the calendar and is keenly contested each year across 14 categories. I’d like to congratulate all those finalists who have been shortlisted for this year's event on their stunning achievement.”



Remarkable Bed & Breakfast/Boutique Guest Accommodation

The Toll Cottage, Cottingham

Wolds Village, Bainton

Highfield Farm B&B, Southburn, near Driffield


Remarkable Business Tourism Award:

Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel, Willerby

KCom Stadium, Hull

Hallmark Hotel, Hull

Beverley Racecourse

Bridlington Spa

Bishop Burton College

Beyond Events, University of Hull


Remarkable Cuppa

Kavanaghs Cafe & Tea Rooms, Beverley

Riverhouse Coffee Co., Hull

T C Patisserie, Beverley

Lempicka Cafe, Beverley

Wolds Village, Bainton

Drewton’s Farm Shop & Restaurant, South Cave


Remarkable Holiday Park/Holiday Village

Thorpe Hall Caravan & Camping Site, Rudston

Sand le Mere Holiday Village, Tunstall

Patrington Haven Leisure Park

Far Grange Park & Golf Club, Skipsea

Butt Farm Caravan & Campsite, Beverley


Remarkable Hotel

Hallmark Hotel, Hull

Village Hotel, Hull

Cave Castle Hotel & Country Club, South Cave

Mercure Hull Grange Park Hotel, Willerby

Holiday Inn, Hull Marina


Remarkable Newcomer

William’s Den, North Cave

Humber Street Distillery, Hull

The Pig & Whistle, Beverley

Hull Explorer

Hideout Hotel, Hull

The Cow Shed @ Fraisthorpe Beach


Remarkable Pub

Minerva Hotel, Hull

The Head of Steam, Hull

The Old House by Shoot The Bull, Hull

The Old Star, Kilham

Wrygarth Inn, Great Hatfield

The Lion and Key, Hull


Remarkable Restaurant

Tapasya, Hull

Tapasya@Marina, Hull

The Pig & Whistle, Beverley

1884 Wine & Tapas Bar, Hull

The Old House by Shoot The Bull, Hull

1884 Dock Street Kitchen, Hull


Remarkable Self-Catering Provider/Property

Nordham Cottages, North Cave

Broadgate Farm Cottages, Walkington

The Swallow’s Nest, Brandesburton

Kingfisher Lakes Glamping, Brandesburton

Corporation Farm Cottages, Tickton

Little Otchan Shepherd’s Hut, Halsham


Remarkable Taste of East Yorkshire


White Rabbit Chocolatiers, Beverley

Field & Forage, Thornholme

Drewton’s Farm Shop & Restaurant, South Cave

Side Oven Bakery, Foston on the Wolds

Atom Brewing, Hull

Mr Moo’s Real Dairy Ice-Cream, Skipsea

Laurel Vines Vineyard and Winery, Aike


Remarkable Tourism Event (over 30,000 visitors a year)

Humber Street Sesh, Hull

Freedom Festival, Hull

Beverley Food Festival


Remarkable Tourism Event (under 30,000 visitors a year)

The Big Malarkey, Hull

Hull Street Food Nights

Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival

Beverley & East Riding Early Music Festival

Lambing Sunday, Bishop Burton College


Remarkable Visitor Attraction/Experience

Hull New Theatre

Hull Truck Theatre

Spurn National Nature Reserve

Hull Minster

Burton Constable Hall

Bridlington Birds of Prey and Animal Park

Humber Street Gallery, Hull


In addition, a 14th 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.

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