LOCAL landlords have proved they are a remarkable bunch by scooping a host of top tourism awards.
Three businesses; The Star @ Sancton, Estate Escapes of Hotham and Drewton’s Ltd of South Cave won their categories in the Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY) Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards.
And it was a double celebration for staff at The Star as they walked away with both the Remarkable Pub title and the Remarkable Taste award.
Co-owner Ben Cox said that the achievement was testament to the hard work of the team.
“We were up for three awards, so to come away with two is fantastic,” he said.
“We were pleased to get one award, and were ecstactic to get the second - though of course we would have liked all three!
“It has boosted staff morale and it’s a great way to kick off the season.
“Winning local awards raises our profile and paves the way for us to go for further awards as the year progresses,” added Ben.
Holiday cottage company Estate Escapes, managed by Victoria Carver, beat off stiff competition from coastal resorts such as Sewerby near Bridlington to walk away with the Remarkable Night’s Sleep award.
Drewton’s Ltd in South Cave was up for five awards on the night.
The farm shop and delicatessen won the Remarkable Breakfast award and was ‘highly commended’ in the Remarkable Cuppa category, while Pocklington Arts Centre missed out to Burton Agnes Hall near Driffield in the Remarkable Day Out category.
All the awards were presented in a glittering ceremony last Thursday at The Country Park Inn, Hessle, attended by over 350 people.
Forty finalists competed for the awards, which recognise the best individuals, attractions and hospitality businesses in the area’s tourism industry.
Janet Reuben, chief executive of VHEY, said: “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 standard of finalists was so high that the judges had an almost impossible task in choosing the overall winners!”
The REYTAs honour the brightest and best in this region’s tourism industry, celebrating the enormous achievements of businesses across Hull and East Yorkshire.
Tourism is a vital part of this area’s economy, contributing over £615million annually.
The REYTAs help to support this vital industry, raising awareness of the superb quality on offer to visitors.