Yorkshire has been named the UK’s best holiday destination, beating off competition from Cornwall, Cumbria, Northumberland, the Peak District, Scotland and Wales.
The white rose county was given the accolade at the 19th World Travel Awards, with the various categories voted for by travel agents from around the world.
More than 216 million people visit Yorkshire each year – and residents regularly refer to their home as ‘God’s own country’.
Figures for the first nine months of 2011 showed a 12 per cent increase in visits to Yorkshire by international tourists.
Barnsley of course falls within the white rose county and the town and surrounding area offers such wonderful attractions as Cannon Hall, Worsbrough Mill and Reservoir, Wortley Hall and Elsecar Heritage Centre, as well as many more.
Gary Verity, the chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The win is testament to all the thousands of fantastic businesses we have in Yorkshire that time and again put the county on the map for millions of holidaymakers, not just in Britain, but the world over.”