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Yorkshire Residents Make The Best Hosts

submited Sat 25 Sep, 2010
Despite making the best hosts, Yorkshire people would rather be guests

A national poll commissioned by Jurys Inn hotel group has revealed that the majority of the British public believe Yorkshire people make the best hosts - 68% of the 2,000 Brits polled claimed this was because of their friendlier and more genuine nature.

Interestingly, the survey revealed that 58% of people in Yorkshire would rather be a guest than a host, with the main reason for women being they get too stressed hosting, whilst men said it’s because they don’t like serving or waiting on people.

The majority of people in Yorkshire surveyed (48%) said that a genuine friendliness and a warm welcome is the most important attribute for a host, closely followed by an attentive nature and a willingness to ensure everything runs on time and to plan (38%). Other attributes such as good manners (2%) and good food and wine (5%) are the least important to Yorkshire folk.

60% of people in Yorkshire also said that they believe a good sense of humour, banter and a cheeky disposition are attributes unique to British hosting.

Holly Willoughby is the celebrity that the majority of Yorkshire people feel would make the ideal host because of her funny and charismatic nature, with Jeremy Clarkson coming in a close second followed by Alan Carr in third place.

Further findings revealed that 57% of people in Yorkshire agree that a warm and friendly service is the most important attribute a hotel host can offer rather than a speedy check-in (26%). Meanwhile, 69% of Yorkshire residents said they would not return to a hotel where they have received un-friendly service.

Theresa Snell, General Manager at Jurys Inn Leeds, said: “We’re delighted that the majority of the UK feel that people in Yorkshire make the best hosts. As a region we are known for being friendly by nature, and here at the Jurys Inn Leeds, we understand how important it is to provide a genuine friendly service to ensure our guests enjoy their stay and keep coming back. These survey findings support this - 82 per cent of our guests say they would stay with us again because of the warm and welcoming service we provide.”

She added: “Us Brits are known for having a cheeky disposition, banter and a good sense of humour and this is what sets us apart from other countries, so it’s good to see that people recognise this in good hosts.”

These survey results appear shortly after David Cameron spoke of his wish for the UK to become one of the top five tourist destinations in the world, and of a need for Britons to take pride in their country. Talking earlier this month in a speech to travel industry figures at London's Serpentine Gallery, the Prime Minister identified tourism as a potential major factor in boosting the economy. The Prime Minister also spoke of his love of vacationing at home, and told tourism chiefs that their sector was 'fundamental to the rebuilding and rebalancing of our economy.' Jurys Inn has attracted attention amongst guests and the industry for the quality, value and consistency of its service. The leading hotel group also consistently offers guests facilities more typical of 4* hotels, which is why its properties are known as exceptional everyday city hotels.

For more information contact Margaret Street PR:

Derek Harris +44 (0)777 916 4606 or e-mail derekh@margaretstreet.com

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