In essence, we support tourism that delivers exceptional visitor experiences that strengthen the socio-economic wellbeing of our communities and encourage enjoyment and respect of the area’s special qualities. This can only be achieved by working with others. In addition to the resources we have put together for you to use, listed below are the current opportunities we have identified for working together. This list isn’t exhaustive and if you think there are other opportunities for working together, please contact the Tourism Team.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park runs a number of events and workshops throughout the year aimed at tourism businesses. Alongside the theme or focus of the event we also aim to give you an opportunity to network, learn from each other and share your experiences with other businesses.
Use our website to help promote your business
Our website contains a huge amount of information about the Yorkshire Dales, including accommodation, attractions, places to eat etc. If you would like to be included or have any information changed please can you email the Tourism team and we will be happy to update this for you. You can also have a feature in The Visitor magazine if you are interested in advertising your business.
Use our website to help promote your event
Have you got an event happening in or around the Yorkshire Dales National Park? If so, you can now add your event to our online events listing and promote to our website’s quarter of a million annual visitors. Linking to local events is a great way to attract visitors and encourage them to stay a bit longer.
Use the National Park brand
The Yorkshire Dales National Park logo provides a strong identity for this beautiful area and is also a nationally-recognised brand. If you are a business, community group, individual or charity working in the National Park, or you are holding an event in or about the National Park, you can highlight your association with the area by applying for a license to use one of five logos developed especially for you.
Use the Food Business Tool Kit
We have produced a Food Business Tool Kit with the North York Moors National Park, Nidderdale AONB and the Howardian Hills, which provides guidance and advice to local businesses about the importance of local produce and local ingredients for your business.
We have identified that a unique and authentic food and drink cultural experience can play a significant role in attracting visitors and making their stay all the more memorable. We have created the toolkit for hospitality, local produce and retail businesses, to share some of the ideas of how local food and drink can add to the bottom line and to the quality of your business.
This toolkit includes the following:
- Why local produce?
- Hints and tips of how to use and promote local produce in your business
- What’s the story? A profile of local produce from our protected landscapes
- The importance of local
Become a Dark Sky Friendly business
The Yorkshire Dales National Park is now an International Dark Sky Reserve and you can now officially become recognised as a Dark Sky Friendly business. It’s FREE and open to business which can offer facilities, services and information to visitors specifically wanting to enjoy our dark skies. To learn more about how to get involved go to the page on our website.
Take part in our Dark Skies Festivals
As a local business why not take part in our next Dark Skies Festival? Our Fringe Festival will take place on the 22 to 31 October 2021 and our Dark Skies Festival is on from the 18 February to 6 March 2022. It is a fantastic opportunity to take advantage of the added interest in the area while promoting your business. We’ve some suggestions on how you might get involved here but if you have other suggestions, we’d love to hear from you!
Apply for funding from our Sustainable Development Fund
Our SDF provides money to support projects that promote a more sustainable way of living in, working in and visiting the National Park, while conserving and enhancing its local culture, wildlife, landscape and communities.
Grants are on offer to individuals, businesses, community groups and voluntary-sector bodies, and projects can be far-ranging – from community composting and appropriate renewable energy schemes to sustainable transport and eco-tourism. For more information on the fund and how to apply see our Sustainable Development Fund webpage.
Do you need to apply for Planning Permission?
The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is the statutory planning authority for the area and determines proposals for the development and change of use of land and buildings within the National Park. For more information see our Planning webpages.