Yorkshire 'best staycation destination'
by Joseph Southcombe
Yorkshire voted best staycation destination
Yorkshire has been voted the UK's best holiday destination, in an award voted for by travel agents.
The Garden of England has fought off stiff competition from the UK's most beautiful counties, including Cornwall, Cumbria and Devon, to be crowned the best place to visit on a holiday in the UK.
It is little surprise that Yorkshire was crowned the winner, with the UK's biggest county being home to attractions including the historic city of York, Leeds' diverse nightlife, Howarth's Bronte Museum, the Jorvik Viking Centre and Bradford's Media Museum and award-winning Indian cuisine.
Visitors to the county can also go on a number of idyllic walks on the iconic moors, depicted in Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, climb the inspiring Cow and Calf rocks, or go boutique shopping in charming towns like Ilkely, Harrogate and Otley.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, commented: "The win is testament to all the thousands of fantastic businesses we have in Yorkshire that time and again put the county on the map for millions of holidaymakers, not just in Britain, but the world over."
This accolade follows a fantastic few years for Yorkshire in terms of tourism, with figures for the first nine months of last year seeing a 12 per cent increase in visits to the county by international tourists.
In addition, tourist board Welcome to Yorkshire also claimed the marketing innovation award for its work, which helps to support almost 250,000 jobs and brings £7 billion a year to the region.
Welcome to Yorkshire has now won five categories in just three years at the World Travel Awards.
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