As an international arts festival rooted in Hull we are proud to have scooped the award for Remarkable Large Tourism Event in the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards 2018 (REYTAs), an award category sponsored by Wykeland Group as longtime ambassadors for arts and culture in the region.
On Thursday night, we joined the best of Hull’s tourism industry at the DoubleTree Hilton in Hull for the annual REYTAs. Now in its ninth year, the awards are organised by Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (VHEY) to recognise the quality of businesses and events, and the contribution they make to Hull and East Yorkshire’s growing tourism industry.
This year there were a record number of entries with 72 finalists competing categories. As one of the 14 award winners we are also eligible for consideration for the 2019 VisitEngland awards for excellence.
In 2017, Freedom Festival celebrated its 10th year and attracted over 144,000 visitors contributing an additional spend of £5.9m to the local economy, 20 percent of which were from out of the region, evidencing the growing reputation of both the festival and the city.
Mikey Martins, Artistic Director and Chief Executive at Freedom Festival Arts Trust, said: “In an unforgettable year that brought such world-class events to the city as The Royal Ballet, BBC Proms, Made in Hull and saw local organisations rising to the occasion, we’re delighted Freedom Festival has received this recognition. Freedom Festival Arts Trust’s year-long work at home and abroad wouldn’t be possible without the great team behind us. It was exciting to see so many people come out into the city and get involved.”
Jenny Howard-Coombes, Executive Director at Freedom Festival Arts Trust, said: “This year’s spotlight on Hull has successfully demonstrated the power which creativity, art and culture can have on a city and its people, from tourism and major economic development to creative career opportunities. It was inspiring to be in a room which such fantastic businesses and individuals, including many of our funding partners and sponsors, without whom we wouldn’t be able to do what we do. By creating a world-class festival and gaining a global reputation, the aim of Freedom Festival is to not only make sure that Hull stays firmly on the map but that it can go on to do even greater things.”