Hull and East Yorkshire’s very own tourism “Oscars” culminated in a triumphant and
glittering awards evening attended by more than 400 people at the Mercure Hull
Grange Park Hotel in Willerby last night (Thursday, March 14).
There were record entries for this year’s Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards
(REYTAs), the fourth year running they have been organised by Visit Hull and East
And tickets for last night’s black tie dinner, hosted by BBC Radio Humberside
presenter Phil White, were in such demand there was a waiting list.
Andy Gray, VHEY’s tourism manager, described it as “a remarkable event to
celebrate a remarkable industry which contributes some £600 million annually to the
local economy and supports 15,000 jobs across Hull and East Yorkshire.”
There were 77 finalists competing in last night’s categories, which recognise the
best individuals, attractions and hospitality businesses in the area’s tourism
Winners were presented with unique awards created by ceramics students at Hull
“The 2013 REYTAs have seen a record number of nominations – a 30 per cent
increase this year alone,” said Mr Gray. “All our awards are now aligned to the Visit
England awards, which will allow our winners to progress to the national finals.
“Each category has been keenly contested and our mystery shoppers have had an
incredibly difficult task in selecting our winners this year.
“Congratulations to all our REYTA winners and finalists. The quality and variety of
the finalists was exceptional and reflects the strength of the tourism industry in
Hull and East Yorkshire.”
The REYTAs are self-funding thanks to ticket sales and the support of sponsors.
Sponsors include St Stephen’s shopping centre, Mercure, The Deep, Mail News &
Media, Saville Audio Visual, EYMS Group, Wykeland, Allied Media Group,
Catalink.com, Classlane Media and Strawberry.
The REYTAs were launched in 2009 and have received a consistently positive
response from the tourism industry.
Councillor Jane Evison, cabinet portfolio holder for economic development, tourism and rural issues at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards (REYTAs) is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the calendar, locally, and last night’s event certainly didn’t disappoint. “Tourism plays a vital role in our local economy, bringing visitor spend to the area and providing employment for thousands of people and I would like to commend all the finalists, whose hard work and commitment highlight the high calibre of our area’s tourism offer, and congratulate the category winners who can take great pride in their award and coveted title.
“The REYTAs celebrate the great work of our leisure and tourism industry and I am
sure everyone is already looking forward to next year’s festivities.”
The winners of REYTAs 2013 are the following:
Remarkable Bed and Breakfast – Wolds Village, Bainton.
Remarkable Cuppa – Potters Cafe Bar & Bistro, Hull. Highly Commended: Vanilla Ice
Cream Parlour, Bridlington.
Remarkable Caravan Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year: Burton Constable
Holiday Park & Arboretum.
Remarkable Fayre: Staal Smokehouse, Long Riston.
Remarkable Visitor Attraction: Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.
Remarkable Self-Catering Provider: Broadgate Farm Cottages, Walkington.
Remarkable Business Tourism Award: The Spa, Bridlington.
Remarkable Sustainable Tourism Award: High Barn Cottages, Bempton. Highly
Commended: Drewton’s South Cave.
Remarkable Pub: Goodmanham Arms, Goodmanham.
Remarkable Hotel Accommodation: Hallmark Hotel, North Ferriby.
Remarkable Restaurant of the Year: Beverley Tickton Grange. Highly Commended:
Star @ Sancton.
Remarkable Tourism Experience/Event: Beverley Festival of Christmas 2012.
Remarkable East Yorkshire Passion: James Mackenzie, owner/chef, Pipe and Glass,