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An historic year for Yorkshire tourism was capped off at the country’s biggest tourism awards staged at the Yorkshire Event Centre in Harrogate on Monday.

Almost 1,000 people were at the White Rose Awards dinner to see winners revealed across 16 categories.

Harrogate International Centre was named the winner of the Business Tourism sector, while Studfold, ‘The Nidderdale Experience’ won the award for Caravan Holiday Park and Holiday Village.

Highly commended were Prison and Police Museums, Ripon (Small Visitor Attraction), The Christmas Adventure at Stockeld Park, Wetherby (Tourism Event of the Year) and Camp Katur, Bedale (Caravan Holiday Park).

The awards are run by official tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire. Comperes were BBC Look North’s Harry Gration and Amy Garcia.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It’s been an historic year for Yorkshire and our county’s profile as a destination has never been higher. Our awards are our way of recognising and celebrating how amazing our tourism businesses are and every single winner should be incredibly proud.

“Winning a White Rose Award is a prestigious seal of approval, which helps show customers the high standards that each winner displays every day.”

The awards were backed by leading businesses including Eviivo, Harrogate Spring Water, BBC Yorkshire, The Yorkshire Post, Keelham Farm Shop, Carat, Biffa, Yorkshire Beer & Pub Association, Irwin Mitchell, Bizzie Lizzie’s, Residence 6, Forest Holidays, NY LEP, Yorkshire RFU, Magna and Barclays.

The full list of winners were: B&B Guest Accommodation of the Year, The Wold Cottage, Driffield; Business Tourism, Harrogate International Centre; Caravan Holiday Park & Holiday Village, Studfold ‘The Nidderdale Experience’; Large Hotel of the Year, The Coniston Hotel & Country Estate, Skipton; Large Visitor Attraction - The Deep, Hull; Outstanding Customer Service, Wentbridge House Hotel, Pontefract; Yorkshire Pub of the Year, The Castle Inn, Skipton; Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year, Yorebridge House, Bainbridge; Self-Catering, Cruisers & Serviced Apartments, The Dovecote Barns, York; Small Hotel of the Year, The Talbot Hotel, Malton; Small Visitor Attraction, The World of James Herriot, Thirsk; Taste of Yorkshire, Puckett’s Pickles, York; Tourism Event of the Year, Mallard 75, National Railway Museum, York; Arts & Culture, Opera North; Visitor Information, York Visitor Information Centre; Restaurant with Rooms of the Year, The Angel Inn, Hetton.