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White Rose Awards come to Harrogate

The very best in Yorkshire tourism will be honoured at a glittering awards ceremony at the brand new Hall 1, at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate on 21 November 2016.

More than 1,000 guests will enjoy the first ever awards dinner to be held at the centre’s new £11m exhibition and events hall as they come together for the annual White Rose Awards – the UK’s largest celebration of tourism.

Hosted by Welcome to Yorkshire, the awards will see more than 100 businesses go head to head across 17 categories – more than ever before – from Large Hotel to Outstanding Customer Service to Taste of Yorkshire.

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, were made honorary Yorkshiremen at the first direct arena Leeds.

Colin Mellors, Chair 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 White Rose Awards winners
Last year’s White Rose Awards winners

Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, added:

It is an honour to be hosting the first ever awards dinner at the new events hall at the Yorkshire Event Centre. The White Rose Awards always make for a memorable evening, so this year promises to be extra special.

The standard of entries just gets better every year, so huge congratulations to all those who have made the shortlist. I look forward to meeting them all in November!

The new Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate
The new Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate

Heather Parry, managing director of the YEC, said:

YEC are delighted to be hosting this wonderful event that celebrates all that is great about Yorkshire in our new hall. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone for I’m certain will be a fantastic night.


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