Yorkshire has been named the UK’s best holiday destination, which is great news for property owners with a cottage for hire in the county – or those thinking of investing in one.
The county beat off competition from Cornwall, Cumbria, Devon, Northumberland, the Peak District, Scotland and Wales, and was handed the accolade at the 19th World Travel Awards. It follows a rise of 12 per cent in the number of international holidaymakers visiting the county last year.
With features including the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the historic city of York, the bustling metropolis of Leeds and hundreds of sites of cultural interest, Yorkshire was deemed the best place for foreign travellers to visit.
Gary Verity, the chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said of the award: “We have beaten whole countries to win the main award, places with bigger marketing budgets than us, and proved why Yorkshire is the best holiday destination in the UK.
“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.”
Coastal site Flanborough Head also received its own recognition this month, after Planet Whale cited it as one of the best whale-spotting sites in the UK.
Despite its success, Yorkshire is refusing to rest on its laurels; there is currently a strong campaign in place to secure the opening stages of the 2016 Tour de France for the county, which will bring in an additional influx of cycling fans for the prestigious event.