2010 Recent Awards
May 2010, 21st May 2010, Crown Spa Hotel was entered for the White Rose Tourism Awards for Best Large Hotel 2010. more info
The eagerly awaited list boasts 90 of Yorkshire’s best attractions, hotels, venues and individuals from the tourism industry. The list covers 16 categories (*categories and finalists listed at end), the winners from which will be announced at a glittering gala awards ceremony on the evening of 4th October at the Yorkshire Event Centre based at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:
“The quality of this year’s White Rose Awards entries is so incredibly high we had no choice but to increase the number of those shortlisted. This clearly demonstrates that the Yorkshire tourism industry has really stepped up its game in terms of quality and presence, both of which are vital if we are to achieve our aims to be the UK’s best.”
The award categories range from Best Visitor Experience of the Year and the Access for All Tourism Award to the Sustainable Tourism Award and Business Tourism Award. There is also a new category, Visitor Information Award, announced for 2010.
Previous winners have included: The Feversham Arms Hotel & Verbena Spa, Helmsley; Swinton Park, Masham; The Railway Children produced by York Theatre Royal and performed at The National Railway Museum; Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield; Residence 6, Leeds; The Yorkshire Waterways Museum, Goole, and Green’s Restaurant, Whitby.
Judging is undertaken by a panel of independent judges and as in previous years this has been no easy task. Independent Chair of Judges, Barbara Woroncow OBE, complimented the standard of 2010’s finalists:
“It is never easy to create a shortlist when the overall quality of submissions is of such an excellent standard. What is certain is that the finalist list really does represent some of our very best tourism attractions across the county, accommodation and experiences, from glamping to castles and mazes.”
All winners from the national categories are automatically entered into the national Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2010.
April 2010, 23rd April 2010, Crown Spa Hotel Winner of Enjoy England Award for Sustainable Tourism.
St George’s Day, the great and good from the UK Tourism Industry gathered in the historic Dome and Corn Exchange in Brighton for the prestigious Enjoy England Awards for Excellence. The annual award gathering meets to formally recognise the very best of English tourism.
Flying the flag for Yorkshire and Scarborough the Crown Spa Hotel earned the coveted Gold Award for Sustainable Tourism, David Frank Administration Director said "This award is official independent recognition of our working team and their commitment "beyond the call of duty" to all things Crown Spa! Further, that any business can reduce its carbon foot print by at least 25% without having to embark on expensive projects as long as you communicate good awareness and management team implement a well thought out training plan."
David Frank added that "UK businesses should take note that this approach is based firmly in economic benefits, in the last 5 years our power light and heat costs have reduced overall by over £250K and the costs have been no more than £25K over that period, Simples!"
When you first arrive at the Crown Spa Hotel the most noticeable sustainable statement you will see is the solar panels, but these were only installed after the Hotel had already achieved a 25% CO2 saving, from implementing simple stuff first like behavioural changes resulting from good staff training in awareness of the sustainable agenda, purchasing more efficient plant and equipment on a replacement basis (like LED lights, efficient refrigeration units etc..), bedroom master switches.
Richard Frank Managing Director said "If you can achieve these types of savings in a building which is grade 2 listed, over 165 year old you can do this anywhere, there is no justifiable business reason not to embrace the sustainable agenda as there a sound economic benefits to be had in these difficult times."