Durham businesses shine with fourteen awards  at North East England Tourism Awards 2016

Durham businesses shine with fourteen awards at North East England Tourism Awards 2016

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.

 

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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  

  • Carraw Bed and Breakfast - GOLD
  • The Lindisfarne Inn - SILVER
  • The Clifton – BRONZE 
  • The Commissioners Quay Inn – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Bed and Breakfast of the Year          

  • St Cuthbert’s House - GOLD
  • Greycroft B&B - SILVER
  • The Grange B&B – BRONZE 
  • The Old Manse @ Chatton – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Business Tourism Provider of the Year      

  • Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa - GOLD
  • Crowne Plaza Newcastle - Stephenson Quarter - SILVER
  • Event Durham, Durham University - BRONZE 
  • Seaham Hall – HIGHLY COMMENDED 

Dog-Friendly Business of the Year   

  • South Causey Inn - GOLD
  • Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd (Mains Cottages) - SILVER
  • Bracken Hill Farm Cottage - BRONZE
  • Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant – HIGHLY COMMENDED 

Guided Tour of the Year        

  • Cullercoats Bike & Kayak - GOLD
  • Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours - SILVER
  • Victoria Tunnel - BRONZE
  • Iles Tours – HIGHLY COMMENDED

Holiday Park of the Year        

  • Northumbrian Water - Kielder Waterside - GOLD
  • Heathergate Country Park - BRONZE
  • Springhouse Country Park - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Hotel of the Year                     

  • Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa - GOLD
  • Ramside Hall Hotel - SILVER
  • Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant - BRONZE
  • Langley Castle Hotel - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Inclusive Tourism Award       

  • Go North East - GOLD
  • The Hog’s Head Inn - SILVER
  • National Glass Centre - BRONZE
  • Tyneside Cinema - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 

  • Beamish, The Living Museum of the North - GOLD
  • Life Science Centre - SILVER
  • Sage Gateshead / North Music Trust - BRONZE

Self-Catering Provider of the Year   

  • Mill Granary Cottages - GOLD
  • Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd (Mains Cottages) - SILVER
  • The Old Stables Knitsley - BRONZE
  • Ellingham Hall - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Self-Catering Property of the Year   

  • Woodside Lodge - GOLD
  • Bracken Hill Farm Cottage - SILVER

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year              

  • Bowlees Visitor Centre - GOLD
  • Cullercoats Bike & Kayak - SILVER
  • RSPB Saltholme - BRONZE 
  • South Tynedale Railway - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Sustainable Tourism Award

  • Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant - GOLD
  • St Cuthbert’s House - SILVER
  • Durham University - BRONZE

Taste Award    

  • Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant - GOLD
  • Martineau Guest House - SILVER
  • Durham University Catering - BRONZE
  • Colmans of South Shields - HIGHLY COMMENDED

Tourism Pub of the Year        

  • Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant - GOLD
  • The Lindisfarne Inn - SILVER
  • The Angel of Corbridge - BRONZE
  • The Tankerville Arms - HIGHLY COMMENDED
     

 

About Visit County Durham

 

  • Visit County Durham (VCD) is the Destination Management Organisation for County Durham working on behalf of businesses and public agencies. We came into being on 1 April 2006 and are a private, not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with a board of directors.
  • The company’s main funder is Durham County Council. The private sector also contributes financially to our work in return for benefits and activities that meet their needs.
  • Visit County Durham assists the county to fulfil its potential as one of North East England’s lead destinations, attracting visitors to the region from across the UK and from target overseas markets. Its objective is to ensure that the tourism sector performs to its maximum capacity and brings economic benefits to the county in the form of wealth and job creation. Its broad aims are to attract people to the area and to provide visitors with the best possible experience.

 

 

Published: 23, November, 2016


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