Durham businesses were celebrating after scooping 14 awards at the high-profile 2016 North East England Tourism Awards last night.
The awards, which were announced at a glittering ceremony in Newcastle Civic Centre’s Banqueting Hall, shine a spotlight on the tourism industry. Durham won six prestigious Gold awards - including Hotel of the Year, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - two Silver awards, five Bronze awards and one Highly Commended award.
Gold award winners from Durham were as follows:
Business Tourism Provider of the Year - Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa
Dog-Friendly Business of the Year - South Causey Inn
Hotel of the Year - Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
Self-Catering Provider of the Year - Mill Granary Cottages
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - Bowlees Visitor Centre
Silvers were awarded to Ramside Hall Hotel in the Hotel of the Year category and Bracken Hill Farm Cottage in the Self-Catering Property of the Year category. Bronze awards were won by: Event Durham, Durham University in the Business Tourism Provider of the Year category; Bracken Hill Farm Cottage in the Dog-Friendly Business of the Year category; The Old Stables, Knitsley in the Self-Catering Provider of the Year category; Durham University in the Sustainable Tourism Award category; and Durham University Catering in the Taste Award category.
One Highly Commended Award was won by Seaham Hall in the Business Tourism Provider of the Year category.
Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said “Many congratulations to all of this year’s winners. It is always a delight to see so many businesses awarded for their commitment to the North East’s tourism sector.
“The North East of England has a fantastic tourism offer, from the buzz and culture of our cities to the beautiful heritage of our coast and countryside. This is demonstrated by the variety of businesses who have entered and won the awards.”
Playing a major role in showcasing the range of high quality tourism businesses and experiences on offer to visitors across the North East, the awards have continued to grow year on year. Of the 143 entries this year, over 60 businesses (42% of entrants) entered the awards for the first time. This year also saw the addition of three new categories: Guided Tour of the Year, Self-Catering Property of the Year and Dog-Friendly Business of the Year.
Winners at the regional awards have the chance to showcase their business and the North East on a national stage at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2017.
Michelle Gorman, managing director of Visit County Durham, said: “We are thrilled to see so many Durham businesses awarded for their hard work and dedication to the tourism industry. It is once again testament to the quality and diversity of our tourism offer that we have so many worthy winners.”
The North East England Tourism Awards are organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the Northern Tourism Alliance.
The Northern Tourism Alliance is a collaboration of the region’s tourism bodies who work together on projects that will benefit the tourism industry across the region. The founding members of the alliance are NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Northumberland Tourism, Visit County Durham, and The North East Hotels Association. The Awards are also supported by Active Northumberland, South Tyneside Council, North Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council.
Caption: Bowlees Visitor Centre, which is run by the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership, won Gold in the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year category. Pictured, left to right, Shane Harris, Responsible Tourism Lead for the AONB Partnership, Nic Cullens, Visitor Services Officer of the Bowlees Visitor Centre, and Mark Tyler, Visitor Services Assistant of the Bowlees Visitor Centre.
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Boutique Accommodation/Small Hotel of the Year
Bed and Breakfast of the Year
Business Tourism Provider of the Year
Dog-Friendly Business of the Year
Guided Tour of the Year
Holiday Park of the Year
Hotel of the Year
Inclusive Tourism Award
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Self-Catering Provider of the Year
Self-Catering Property of the Year
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
Sustainable Tourism Award
Tourism Pub of the Year
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Published: 23, November, 2016
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