- much like the area it describes.
The website was first launched in 1997 by Whitby and District Tourism Association (WDTA), a voluntary group of proud Whitby-ites. Over the next 10 years, it grew and was nurtured by Bill Baker as a labour of love. The site reflected the very individual nature of the town and townsfolk, a tradition that the current site will try to maintain, as it clearly appealed to so many of you – Bill’s site was visited by more than a million people over the years. So when, aged 79, Bill decided that it was time to take life a little more gently, the Whitby and District Tourism Association faced a real dilemma – he would be a hard act to follow. In recognition of his long service to the town, Bill was made an Honorary Citizen of Whitby in 2008.
At the same time, Whitby Beacon Town Forum, another wholly voluntary group, had been one of the partners in an EU Interreg Project called CREST – looking at the CREation of Sustainable Tourism destinations around the North Sea. Formed as a Community Interest Company (Cic) which means all profits will be used for the benefit of the local community, the Cic also needed a website to inform visitors and local businesses about sustainable tourism.
Many Whitby visitors also know and love the Visit Whitby Guidebook – a free and handy, pocket-sized publication to the town and area, which is jointly produced by the Whitby and District Tourism Association and Bow House of Easingwold. Over 60,000 copies were distributed in 2008 and demand grows each year.
A three-way partnership was formed and this website is the result. We hope you enjoy it! Do return often – there is much to be added over coming months. If there is anything that you would particularly like to see added – or removed! – do please take a moment to contact us with your suggestions. This site is for you after all – we don’t want to be talking to ourselves…
Whitby and District Tourism Association / Whitby Beacon Town Forum Cic / Bow House Ltd