Five organisations in the Huddersfield area are among more than 100 across the county to be shortlisted in the prestigious White Rose Awards.
The awards, which celebrate the very best of tourism in Yorkshire, are the largest of their kind in the UK and cover 17 categories – from the best Yorkshire pub to outstanding customer service.
Hundreds of people will come together later this year for a spectacular awards dinner to celebrate the county’s finest tourism businesses.
The finalists include Huddersfield Literary Festival in the arts and culture category; Holme Valley Camping and Caravan Park at Holmfirth in the holiday park category and Yorkshire Sculpture Park at Bretton in the category for large visitor attraction.
Colin Mellors, chairman of the White Rose Award judges, said: “Yorkshire’s tourism is a remarkable sector with fantastic hospitality, facilities and produce on offer. Those shortlisted should feel very proud to have been selected against such strong competition. Choosing the eventual winners this year will be a really tough task.”
Last year’s event made history when more than 1,000 people watched as Take That superstar Gary Barlow and co-writer of The Girls musical, Tim Firth, made honorary Yorkshiremen at the First Direct Arena Leeds. This year’s event takes place on Monday, November 9, at the same venue.
Sir Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Once again, the entries for this year’s White Rose Awards have been exceptional across all categories, so a huge congratulations to those who have made the shortlist.
“As the largest celebration of tourism in the UK, the White Rose Awards are a fitting tribute to Yorkshire’s fantastically diverse businesses that work tirelessly to help to make the county number one.”