Tourism Awards

Enter the 2017 Tourism Awards

North East England Tourism Awards It’s a great honour to receive a North East England Tourism Award, giving businesses official recognition for their positive contribution to the tourism industry in our region.
All shortlisted North East England Tourism Award applicants will also have the chance to enter the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2018, which is even more of a reason to enter your business today!

Here's just a few more reasons why you should enter this year's awards:


  • Submitting an entry is completely free of charge.
  • The awards recognise and reward businesses and people working in the tourism and hospitality industry, and help raise the profile and importance of the industry.
  • Award winners gain a competitive edge through recognition of their commitment to excellence and quality standards.
  • Entering the awards is a positive, open and motivating way to recognise and reward your staff and their contribution to the business.
  • Award winning businesses can attract high quality staff and help increase staff motivation, loyalty and commitment.
  • Simply entering the awards is a win-win situation. Completing an application is an excellent management tool and helps businesses focus on key aspects of managing the business and how they can develop and improve in the future - remember all entrants will get valuable feedback from the judges.


We want everyone to maximise their chances of winning by presenting the strongest possible entry. Please remember that judges might not know your business personally and will be shortlisting based exclusively on the materials you provide in your application. It is important, therefore, that your entry is clearly presented and easy to read, addresses the judging criteria, looks professional and conveys what it is that makes your business really special.

Apply today!
Entrants must submit an electronic copy of their application form, plus one pdf document (max size 20mb) of supporting evidence if relevant. The judging will be based on this entry form, your website (viewed on desktop, mobile and tablet) and any other online presence that you might have, including social media.  The judges will also look at your online customer reviews. 


We recommend you read through the document below before starting your application.
Application information and FAQ


This year there are 15 award categories. Application forms can be downloaded by clicking on the links below: 


Completed applications should be submitted electronically to by 4pm on Monday 4 September 2017.
If you have any questions please contact the team on 0191 440 5722 or email
For full details of your category and terms and conditions, please refer to the application form.


North East Tourism Awards 2016 – Durham winners

Business Tourism Provider of the Year

Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf &

Event Durham, Durham University

Seaham Hall

Dog-Friendly Business of the Year

South Causey Inn -

Bracken Hill Farm Cottage



Hotel of the Year

Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

Ramside Hall Hotel




Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Self-Catering Provider of the Year

Mill Granary Cottages

The Old Stables Knitsley

Self-Catering Property of the Year

Bracken Hill Farm Cottage


Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Bowlees Visitor Centre

Sustainable Tourism Award

Durham University

Taste Award

Durham University Catering


VisitEngland Awards

Winners at the North East England Tourism Awards have the chance to compete on a national stage against those winners from England’s other regions at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.


Winners 2016

Large Hotel of the Year - Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa (Gold)
Tourism Event of the Year - Durham University - Magna Carta Exhibition (Highly Commended)
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - Beamish, The Living Museum of the North (Bronze)
Business Tourism Award - Seaham Hall (Highly Commended)



Annual Review

Destination Performance

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