Tourism Organisation Spreads It's Wings

This year sees the 2018 North Yorkshire Visitor Guide, a publication from the Tourism Association North Yorkshire (TANY), which is now entering its 40th anniversary year.

Hosting a recent event was the award-winning York Bird of Prey Centre, located within the grounds of Burn Hall in Huby and themselves a member of the TANY organisation.

Members of TANY and guests who had contributed to the publication were treated to a private display within the grounds of the Bird of Prey Centre, with a Barn Owl, Tawny Owl, European Eagle Owl and a Crested Caracara taking centre stage. But the star of the show was Shadow, a majestic male Golden Eagle who was available to be held by those made of stern Yorkshire stuff!

The new Guide was warmly received, with all in agreement that it stood out well from other tourism guides available. Accommodation and Visitor Attraction advertisements are incorporated in the publication as you would imagine, but it’s the eclectic collection of feature articles that really give it some polish.

Sarah Walker writes a detailed and heart-warming piece looking at the life and career of her late father, author Peter N. Walker who penned the “Constable” books which transferred to TV in the guise of the critically acclaimed and much-loved “Heartbeat”, which is still popular across the globe. The popularity of “Heartbeat” is still plain to see, with the village of Goathland still benefitting from Peter’s legacy.

Staying with a police “theme” PCSO Ruth Pearson, who covers Skipton, Embsay & Eastby, writes about her experiences as part of the North Yorkshire Police Neighbourhood Policing Team.

Other articles include a look at the Yorkshire Dales, the beautiful and ever-popular Castle Howard (which also adorns the cover), the work of respected Masham-based artist Ian Scott Massie and a peek into the workshop of Helmsley-based “Stick Man”, Keith Pickering.

The Guide is currently being distributed to Tourist Information Centres (TICs) across the country with requests for copies having been received from Oregon in the USA, as well as Australia, Canada, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Malaysia and Japan.

Ena Dent, chair of TANY says: “TANY is North Yorkshire’s own dedicated tourism organisation, now in our 40th year and still working hard to promote our region and this Guide helps put us “front & centre” in TICs. We aren’t affiliated to any local authority and receive no funding, so we are totally independent. In these days of reduced, or zero, funding for the promoting of tourism, TANY is stepping up to the plate, both online with our website and social media and in print with this brilliant Guide.”

For more information, visit www.visityorkshire.com. Alternatively, you can follow TANY on Facebook at www.facebook.com/VisitYorkshire/, on Twitter at @TourismNYorks or on Instagram at Tourismnorthyorks.