Welcome to Yorkshire is the only English tourist board that has been shortlisted to be the world’s leading tourism board in the World Travel Awards. It will compete with the likes of Australia, India, Jamaica, Maldives, Las Vegas, Cancun and New York.

Chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire Gary Verity said: “This is global recognition for all the hard work we have been doing with our partners to raise the profile of Yorkshire as a leading travel destination.

“We are in illustrious and esteemed company but that is where Yorkshire belongs. Yorkshire is a world class tourist destination and our nomination recognises that.

“As England’s only representative in the category, Yorkshire can be very proud already. We are a leading example to the rest of the country of how successful tourism can be and we hope we can do the county and the country proud and win.”

The ceremony is on 7th November in London. Vote for Welcome to Yorkshire at the World Travel Awards website.