Welcome to Yorkshire

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Welcome to Yorkshire's official logo
Sutton Bank, North York Moors National Park
Sir Gary Verity, the then chief executive of WTY, promoting the Yorkshire leg of the 2014 Tour de France at the 2014 Paris–Roubaix

Welcome to Yorkshire (WTY) is the official tourism agency for the traditional county of Yorkshire, the UK's largest county, promoting Yorkshire tourism both nationally and internationally. It was formerly known as the Yorkshire Tourist Board until 2009, but underwent a rebranding: a new Welcome to Yorkshire brand, a new website,[1] the launching of various new marketing campaigns and a move to the present site in Leeds, West Yorkshire. The stated aim of the organisation is: 'to grow the county’s visitor economy'.[2] The Chief Executive from 2008 until his resignation in March 2019 was Sir Gary Verity.


Following the 2009 rebranding, Welcome to Yorkshire has become involved in a range of new campaigns and initiatives. Aside from the more traditional forms of tourism marketing usually associated with tourist boards, Welcome to Yorkshire has been involved in cultural partnerships such as the Yorkshire entries to the Chelsea Flower Show,[3] The Railway Children tour,[4] the Hockney tour[5] and the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle.[6] They are also an official partner of Yorkshire County Cricket Club,[7] sponsoring the team's Twenty20 tour of South Africa in 2012.[8]

Welcome to Yorkshire ran the campaign to host the 2014 Grand Depart of the Tour de France in the county.[9] On 14 December 2012 Yorkshire was confirmed as the starting place for the race.[10]


  1. ^ Cook, Tim. "Welcome to Yorkshire business tourism drive". Harrogate News. Harrogate News. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  2. ^ White Rose Awards. "Yorkshire Awards its Tourism Stars - 4th October 2010". White Rose Awards 2010. White Rose Awards. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  3. ^ RHS Chelsea Flower Show. "The Brontës' Yorkshire Garden". RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2012. RHS Chelsea Flower Show. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  4. ^ Hutchinson, Charles. "The Railway Children, Welcome To Yorkshire Theatre, London until September 5". The York Press. The York Press. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  5. ^ "Hockney art trail across Yorkshire". BBC News Online. BBC News Online. 10 December 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  6. ^ Sykes, Alan (14 January 2013). "Yorkshire seeks to become sculpture capital of Europe". The Guardian. London: Guardian Online. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  7. ^ YCCC. "Welcome to Yorkshire". Official Partners. YCCC. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  8. ^ YCCC. "CLt20: Welcome to Yorkshire sponsor CLt20 campaign". YCCC News. YCCC. Retrieved 15 November 2012.
  9. ^ "Tour de France: 'Thousands back' Yorkshire's 2016 bid". BBC News Online. BBC News Online. 22 July 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2012.
  10. ^ Fotheringham, William (14 December 2012). "Yorkshire to host the start of 2014 Tour de France". The Guardian. London: Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 14 January 2013.

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