Yorkshire in Autumn picture by Flickr user tejvanphotos

Yorkshire in Autumn picture by Flickr user tejvanphotos

 

VisitBritain might say that Yorkshire is not a ‘destination’, but at this year’s World Travel Awards, it was Yorkshire which received the title as ‘best for UK holiday’. The county fought off stiff competition from other nominees including Cornwall, Devon, the Peak District and Wales.

Yorkshire was given the title after a vote made by national and international travel agents. With around 216 million visitors each year, and a 12 per cent increase in international tourists last year, it’s an unsurprising win.

Gary Verity, the chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “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.”

In an attempt to continue to push the county as the place to visit, the tourist board are putting in a bid for the starting stage of the Tour de France in 2016. Every two years the famous tour has the opening stage of the race in another country before it continues into France. Around 150,000 people have backed the bid so far, why not join them?