Tourism in Doncaster is bucking the national downward trend according to new figures released by Doncaster Council.
In Doncaster, overall visits to attractions across the borough were up 11% for the first 9 months of the 2013/14 financial year. Meanwhile the national picture looks quite different. The most recent figures from Visit England show the total visits to attractions are down 1% nationally.
Top performing attractions from April to December 2013 included the Yorkshire Wildlife Park - up 25%, Doncaster Minster - up 23% and Conisbrough Castle - up 25% until it closed for construction of the new visitor centre in August.
Doncaster Council's own Cusworth Hall also enjoyed a 129% increase in visitors after it became a free attraction for families to visit once again last April.
Ros Jones, Mayor of Doncaster, said: "Tourism is a key area for Doncaster in terms of jobs and growth. I am delighted to see visitor numbers continuing to increase as well as the borough's profile as a destination.
"The success of Doncaster's tourism industry is a true partnership between our fantastic attractions in the private sector - aided by investment, tourism, marketing and events support from Doncaster Council."
The City of York Council have unveiled plans to "reinvigorate" the city centre which they say will improve key public areas and the way people move around and between them.
The plans also reveal that vehicle restrictions on Lendal Bridge will continue beyond the initial trial finish date.
The bridge was due to reopen to private vehicles on 26th February, but the Council say they'll wait until further evidence is submitted in the Spring before making a decision on the permanent future of the bridge.
Until then, the restrictions on private vehicles crossing the bridge will remain.
The bridge is open between 10.30am - 5pm to pedestrians, cyclists, buses, taxis, and emergency vehicles only.
The plans for the city centre come a day after the council pledged to boost tourism in the city but, of more than forty thousand drivers given tickets for driving over the bridge - eighty per cent of them visitors to York.
New design plans are available for public viewing and residents will be able to give feedback online and at council offices across the city during the four week public consultation.
Thirteen Yorkshire B&Bs and hotels have been listed in the TripAdviser's 2014 Travellers' Choice awards.
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The World of James Herriot museum in Thirsk has been awarded the Dalesman Yorkshire Rural Tourism Award for 2013.
Ian Ashton, managing director of The World of James Herriot, said: "The daily visitor numbers have been increasing over the last two years and this award recognises the efforts that we have made to work with our partners in the Herriot Country Tourism Group.”
There's pressure for rail companies to give extra support to the tourist indusrty in North East Lincolnshire, after a landslide two months ago closed a major railway line.
The line connecting Cleethorpes to Doncaster was damaged near Hatfield Colliery in February. Local Councils have held talks with Network Rail and First TransPennine Express over its scheduled re-opening in July.
A number of ideas were put forward including possible half price fares and extra trains to help over the summer period.