Top wins for York businesses – Visit York Tourism Award winners shine at VisitEngland Awards for Excellence

Left to right: The Wizard Walk of York, The Deathly Dark Tours, MonkBridge House, The Grand York

Four Visit York Tourism Award winners celebrated at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence last night, the tourism industry’s annual national awards, following their success earlier this year at the Visit York Tourism Awards 2024 where they qualified as national finalists. 

At last night’s ceremony at the Rum Warehouse, Titanic Hotel Liverpool, the four York-based winning businesses were acknowledged as follows by the Awards for Excellence: 

  • The Grand York won the Gold Award for Large Hotel of the Year
  • The Wizard Walk of York won the Gold Award for New Tourism Business of the Year
  • The Deathly Dark Tours won the Silver Award for Experience of the Year
  • MonkBridge House won the Silver Award for B&B and Guest House of the Year

The VisitEngland Awards for Excellence champion the very best of the country’s tourism industry celebrating quality, innovation, best practice and exceptional customer service, and these four winners showcase exactly that. 

    Sarah Loftus, Managing Director at Make It York, said: “Congratulations to all four winners! Their top wins highlight their excellent attention to detail and dedication to an exceptional visitor experience. This shows the incredible wealth of attractions and accommodation York has to offer.” 

    At the Visit York Tourism Awards, The Grand York, who won Large Hotel of the Year, had judges commenting on the ‘exceptionally high standards’ of luxury across the hotel and their ability to create ‘memorable and enjoyable moments for guests’. 

    Elsewhere in accommodation, MonkBridge House took the award for B&B and Guest House of the Year, with judges commenting on their ‘clear passion for their business’ which has led to ‘excellent customer service’ for visitors. 

    The Wizard Walk of York won the New Tourism Business Award with judges calling the tour ‘pure feel-good’ and commenting that they ‘haven’t smiled and laughed continually so much in ages.’ 

    Experience of the Year was awarded to The Deathly Dark Tours, with judges commenting that there was ‘no room for improvement’ and the overall ‘experience was fantastic.’ as judges ‘loved the approach’ and the ‘entertaining features that also inform and educate’. 

    View all the winners and finalists for the Visit York Tourism Awards 2024 and the VisitEngland Award For Excellence Dates.


    PRESS RELEASE: Correction for 6 June press release. Corrected version: 7 June 2024

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    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 and business visitor and ensure investment to develop the quality of tourism in York. Activity covers all aspects of tourism marketing and PR, including market intelligence, as well as providing business support through the membership programme. 

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