Silver Success For Skipton Hotel At National Awards

A SOUTH Craven hotel is celebrating after scooping a prestigious industry award.

Skipton’s family-owned Rendezvous Hotel picked up the silver award in the ‘Best Individual Hotel for Groups’ category at a glittering London ceremony hosted by acclaimed travel writer and presenter, Simon Calder.

Thousands of hotels had submitted applications, which are judged on various aspects including pre-visit information, access to the hotel and standard of accommodation.

The award winners and runners-up are voted by readers of the Group Travel Organiser magazine, which has been in circulation since 1988 and has more than 10,000 members nationwide.

Amanda Casey, general manager of the Rendezvous Hotel, said: “With its bustling market, award-winning high street, waterways and castle, Skipton has much to entice visitors travelling as part of a group. As the largest hotel in Skipton, the Rendezvous provides a perfect base for groups wanting to explore the town, nearby Bronte Country and the surrounding countryside.

“We welcome hundreds of groups every year and being crowned runner up in The Group Travel Awards is testimony to the hard work and dedication of all our staff,” she added.

Sarah Jeffery, business development manager for Group Travel Organiser magazine who hosted the awards, said: “To be crowned the national runner up is a fantastic achievement – our congratulations go to the entire team at the Rendezvous Hotel.”

The success for the hotel comes just weeks after the Yorkshire Business Network reported the hotel had enjoyed record numbers of visitors over recent months.

The 80 bedroomed hotel is owned and managed by husband and wife duo, Malcolm and Karen Weaving, who bought the landmark hotel in 2004.

Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “Skipton is fast becoming a must-visit destination and with hotels like the Rendezvous, it’s easy to see why. This is a well-deserved award for the hotel and its team – and further proof that Yorkshire can mix it with the best nationally.”