Applications are now open for Visit York Tourism Awards 2024

Entries are now open for the prestigious Visit York Tourism Awards 2024, sponsored by LNER, which recognises and celebrates outstanding businesses and individuals that deliver world class experiences within the city of York.  

The previous Visit York Tourism Awards took place earlier this year in March, where 16 of York’s top tourism businesses celebrated a win at the ceremony at York Racecourse. Winners of eligible categories were put forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, which saw The Dovecote Barns winning silver in the Self-Catering Accommodation award category.  

Returning on the 14th March 2024 at York Racecourse for a black-tie ceremony and an evening of entertainment, there will be 17 Visit York Tourism Awards up for grabs including:  

  • B&B and Guest House of the Year 
  • Business Event Venue of the Year 
  • Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year 
  • Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Award 
  • Experience of the Year 
  • Large Hotel of the Year 
  • Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 
  • New Tourism Business Award 
  • Pub of the Year 
  • Self-Catering Accommodation of the Year 
  • Small Hotel of the Year 
  • Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 
  • Taste of England Award 
  • The Best of York Award* 
  • Independent Business of the Year* 
  • Event, Festival or Cultural Experience of the Year* 
  • Retailer of the Year* 

There are three new categories for the 2024 awards – ‘The Best of York Award’, ‘Independent Business of the Year’, and ‘Business Event Venue of the Year’.  

Businesses large and small, from hotels to restaurants, attractions to retailers; businesses and cultural organisations across the city are being urged to enter, with the deadline of 25th August 2023, 5pm to submit entries. The awards are free to enter for Visit York members and £150 for non-members.  

Once all the entries are in, a panel of independent judges will decide on the final shortlist, and then winners. The decisions will be made based on a mix of mystery shopping and rigorous analysis against the entry criteria. Businesses can check the eligibility criteria and enter the Visit York Tourism Awards online at

Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “The Visit York Tourism Awards celebrate the very best in tourism, hospitality and culture in our city and surrounding areas. There are so many amazing local businesses and organisations that make York a world-renowned city, and these awards are a great way to be able to celebrate all the hard work that goes into providing exceptional visitor experiences. For many years, winning these awards has had huge benefits for the businesses both regionally and nationally, with many awards being automatically put forward for the VisitEngland Award for Excellence.  

With 17 opportunities to take home an award in 2024, as well as the introduction of three new categories to this year, businesses have until 25th August to get their entries in.” 

* These categories are local awards and not eligible for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 


For more information: 

Brittany Guymer 

Communications Executive at Make It York 

Notes to Editors: 

Applications for the Visit York Tourism Awards 2023 are open until the 25th August 2023. Finalists will be announced in the Autumn, ahead of the awards ceremony at York Racecourse on the 14th March 2023.  

About Make It York  

Make It York’s purpose is to develop and promote the city and its surroundings – nationally and internationally – as a vibrant and attractive place to live, visit, study, work and do business.  The company’s remit covers leisure and business tourism, city centre management, Shambles Market and festivals and events. 

Visit York is a part of Make It York and is the leisure tourism brand  

Under the brand Visit York, Make It York’s aim is to market York as a must-see world-class destination to the leisure visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York. 

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