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Wednesday saw some of our team attending Welcome to Yorkshire’s annual conference, a really fantastic event showcasing what an exciting time it is to be living and trading in our beautiful region.

We, along with other exhibitors such as Yorkshire Coast Radio and one of our customers Julyan Bakers and Wold Top Brewery, welcomed over a thousand guests at The Scarborough Spa, providing a great opportunity to meet and chat to those involved with the tourism industry in Yorkshire. The place really was alive with a buzz of excitement thanks to all the exiting things ahead for ‘God’s own county!’

What really came across was how Yorkshire is being firmly put on the map as not only a national, but also an international, tourist destination. It is undeniably in part due to last year’s Tour de France, which whizzed through many a Yorkshire town, and village, allowing the world to see what a beautiful part of the country we live in. With overnight holiday visits increasing by 26% and a tourism industry now worth £7 billion pounds annually, the statistics speak for themselves – Yorkshire is on the rise!

Set to bolster these statistics even more is the Tour de Yorkshire (1st-3rd May 2015), promising to be a huge event attracting visitors from both around the country and around the world! With Gary Verity confirming the participation of Team Sky, Team Wiggins and Dame Sarah Storey in the women’s race, it is clear the event will hold some real kudos. Former England cricketer Matt Prior, also speaking at the event, confirmed his very own cycle team ‘One Pro Cycling’ will be taking part. Expect big things!

This year will also see Leeds become a host city for the Rugby World Cup, attracting visitors far and wide to one of our favourite Yorkshire cities. And don’t worry; all the excitement won’t die down after this year! With Hull being named the City of Culture 2017, we can look forward to a whopping 365 days of cultural activities running throughout the city!

Not only are we truly thankful to Welcome to Yorkshire for creating such a fantastic event that we feel hugely proud to have been a part of but for instigating some of these exciting events which will boost tourism, the associated businesses and as a result the economy.  It was thoroughly exciting to see all that is planned for our great region, instilling in us a sense of enthusiasm to serve this special county as best we can – bring it on, we say!