TWO Scarborough tourist attractions are flying the flag for the town after scooping major honours.
The Crown Spa Hotel and The Sands Apartments were victorious last night in the White Rose Awards, organised by Welcome to Yorkshire.
The awards, which attracted nearly 1,000 people, celebrated the cream of Yorkshire’s tourist industry, with scores of venues and businesses vying for the top crown.
The Crown Spa Hotel, in Esplanade, picked up the Sustainable Tourism Award on the evening, and was also shortlisted in the Large Hotel fo the Year category.
Bosses from North Bay attraction The Sands were also celebrating after walking away with the Self Catering, Cruisers and Serviced Apartments Award.
They have now automatically been put forward for the finals of the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence next year.
There was also success for Kilham Hall Country House, near Driffield, which picked up the Guest Accommodation of the Year Award and The Black Swan, Coxwold, near Helmsley, which was voted Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The awards evening is a spectacularly glittering affair and a real celebration of all that is amazing about Yorkshire tourism.
“The judges struggled to draw up a finalists list and choosing the winners from such a wonderful selection of quality entries was a tough task.
“Those who took home a prized White Rose Award should be incredibly proud.
“Congratulations to everyone who took part and made this the tourism night of the year.”
The awards recognise the successes of Yorkshire’s county-wide tourism industry which bucked national trends by increasing visitor numbers by 16 per cent compared to a three per cent drop across the country.
A new survey also revealed overseas visitor spending soared during the summer from £33 million to £59 million over the last two years.
Barbara Woroncow OBE, chair of the independent judging panel, added: “We had a record number of entries but it was not the quantity that has impressed us but the quality.
“Congratulations to all of the 16 winners who are a perfect example of how standards have gone up significantly across all sectors of Yorkshire’s strong and diverse tourism industry.”
Other local businesses shortlisted for the White Rose Awards were:
l Bed and Breakfast / Guest Accommodation of the Year: All Seasons Guest House, Filey, and 17 Burgate, Pickering
l Caravan Holiday Park and Holiday Village Award: Jasmine Park, Snainton
l Yorkshire Pub of the Year: The Copper Horse, Seamer, The Blue Bell Inn, Weaverthorpe
l Small Hotel / Townhouse of the Year: White Swan Inn, Pickering
l Small Visitor attraction of the Year:Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington
l Sustainable Tourism Award: The Leeway, Whitby
l Taste of Yorkshire Award: Cedarbarn Farm Shop and Cafe, Pickering
l Visitor Information Award: Pickering Tourist Information Centre, Pickering