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.
Tourists have rated three B&Bs so highly that they're now listed in the world's top ten. It's yet another accolade for the white rose county just months before visitors flock here for the Tour De France. So what's the secret?
As Sarah Clark found out, it could be traditional friendlyness that wins the day
With the Grand Depart leg of the Tour de France set to visit Yorkshire in less than six months, the county has been recognised for its excellent hospitality.
13 properties in the region have been listed on TripAdvisor's 2014 Travellers' Choice awards.
Three B&Bs have been named among the top ten in the world in their respective categories, with one hotel ranked second best in the UK.
David Shields, Regional Director at Welcome to Yorkshire, told Calendar it was a great achievement.
The owners of a B&B in Masham which has been ranked ninth best in the world say they are delighted to be mentioned.
Millgate Bed and Breakfast is among 13 Yorkshire properties which have been listed among the best in the world in TripAdvisors 2014 Travellers' Choice awards.
Owners Sue and Andrew Burrell say they're really happy to be included on the shortlist - even if it does mean more bed making.
Three B&Bs and a hotel in Yorkshire have been recognised among the best in the world in TripAdvisor's 2014 Travellers' Choice awards.
Overall, 13 properties in Yorkshire have been honoured across six of the seven award categories of Top Hotels, Bargain, B&Bs and Inns, Family, Luxury, Romance, and Small Hotels.
The best performers include:
- All Seasons Guest House in Filey named world's second best B&B and also comes second in Europe and the UK
- Saxon Villa in Robin Hoods Bay is fourth best B&B in the world, third in Europe and third in the UK
- Millgate Bed & Breakfast in Masham ranked ninth in the world, sixth in Europe and sixth in the UK
- Harrogate's Rudding Park is named second Top hotel in the UK and eighth in Europe
Tune in to Calendar at 6pm tonight when we'll be meeting staff at one of our award winning hot-spots.
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.”
Holidaymakers should head north for the best holiday rental accommodation deals this summer, according to a survey.
Yorkshire, Derbyshire and the Scottish Highlands offer some of the best-value rental offers for the period July 13 to September 7, the survey by TripAdvisor showed.
The average weekly cost of a bedroom in holiday rental accommodation in Derbyshire this summer is £243, with the cost in Yorkshire being £252 and in the Scottish Highlands £262.
On the same basis, the highest cost is in London, at £687, which is only 3% less than last summer when the Olympics pushed up prices in the UK capital.
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.
It may be December but tourism bosses in one seaside resort in Lincolnshire are already planning for the summer. 60,000 copies of a new visitor guide for Skegness and the surrounding areas have been unveiled today by East Lindsey District Council.
The council's also planning to run a huge bus advertising campaign in the West Midlands, to try and bring more visitors to the area. As Kate Hemingway reports: