Get your nominations in for town’s tourism awards

Hospitality awards
Hospitality awards

Time is running out to get your nominations in for the Harrogate Hospitality & Tourism Awards.

With less than a week to go before the voting closes, organisers are stressing the clock is ticking, to potential entrants.

So if you want to nominate a person or business close to your heart in one of the nine categories of the forthcoming awards don’t wait any longer.

Destination Harrogate, the association of the leading hotels of the town, launched the Harrogate Hospitality & Tourism Awards four years ago and following the outstanding success is hosting them again on June 3.

The awards celebrate and reward outstanding individuals and teams who truly represent Harrogate as one of the country’s leading destinations for both business and leisure tourism.

Chairman of Destination Harrogate, David Ritson said: “Harrogate is a successful, vibrant, and desirable location in which to both live and work, and much of its success is due to the millions of pounds generated through tourism.

“To sustain the high level of service our visitors experience we need the very best people providing their very best day in and day out.

“These awards are recognition of that commitment and are a way to congratulate those people who set a benchmark across the town for others to emulate.”

Simon Cotton, who helps organise the awards, said: “The buzz surrounding Harrogate’s Hospitality & Tourism Awards is amazing and if people want to be involved at the most exciting stage, the night of the announcement of winners, then they need to be quick to get any last minute nominations in.

Voting closes strictly at midnight on April 12, and the judges are all set to meet soon after to start the difficult process of reviewing all the nominations.”

Once the judges have made their decisions, an announcement will appear in the Harrogate Advertiser Series to announce the shortlist.

Shortlisted winners will be invited to the amazing gala dinner at the Royal Hall on Monday, June 3 for a black tie evening of glitz and glamour.

The nine categories for this year are:

Waiter/Waitress of the Year, sponsored by Sunlight Textile Services.

Bar Person of the Year, sponsored by Matthew Clark.

Chef of the Year. sponsored by Sykes House Farm.

Team of the Year, sponsored by Platinum Print.

Harrogate Ambassador, sponsored by Harrogate Chamber of Trade & Commerce.

Newcomer of the Year, sponsored by Harrogate College.

Unsung Hero, sponsored by Destination Harrogate.

Best Achievement of the Year, sponsored by Blueline Taxis.

Outstanding Customer Service, sponsored by Leeds Bradford International Airport

If you know someone who deserves that special recognition for their commitment and dedication in any of the categories vote for them either online at, or post an entry form at the Tourist Information Centre on Crescent Gardens. Voting forms can be found throughout the town.

Tickets for the spectacular gala dinner when the winners will be announced are on 
sale now at £49 each which will include a fabulous four course dinner, drinks reception, wines and entertainment.

Tickets are expected to go fast so reserve yours by calling Sian Craig on 01423 858585.