Tourism Awards

North East England Tourism Awards 2018

North East England Tourism Awards

The awards have had a hugely positive impact on tourism in the North East, providing a benchmark for all businesses to aspire to and delivering significant benefits to shortlisted and winning businesses alike. By simply taking part you could improve your business performance in terms of turnover, profitability, quality, sustainability, staff morale and customer satisfaction.

 

There are 15 award categories – B&B of the Year, Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year, Business Tourism Award, Dog Friendly Business, Guided Tour of the Year, Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year, Hotel of the Year, Inclusive Tourism, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year, Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, Sustainable Tourism, Taste of England Award, Tourism Pub of the Year, Visitor Information Provider of the Year.

The awards, which were announced at a glittering ceremony in Newcastle Civic Centre’s Banqueting Hall, shine a spotlight on the tourism industry. BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter Alfie Joey hosted the ceremony and entertained guests throughout the evening.

 

Durham won five prestigious Gold awards for Bed & Breakfast of the Year, Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year, Small Visitor Attraction of the Year, Business Tourism Award and Visitor Information Provider of the Year; with three Silver awards, one Bronze award and two Highly Commended awards.

 

Gold award winners from Durham were as follows:

 

  • Bed and Breakfast of the Year – Brunswick House
  • Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year - Doe Park Caravan Site
  • Small Visitor Attraction of the Year – The Auckland Project - Mining Art Gallery
  • Business Tourism Award – Event Durham, Durham University
  • Visitor Information Provider of the Year – Durham Pointers

 

The awards play a key role in celebrating and showcasing the range of quality tourism businesses that visitors to the North East encounter. The tourism sector continues to be the fourth largest in the region, highlighting the importance of the businesses working in the sector to the wider economy.

 

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “Congratulations to all of tonight’s winners and those who contribute to the success of the North East tourism sector. This year we received a record number of applications and all the categories were tightly contested.

 

Newcastle College and Bidfood continued their support for the awards as event sponsors for 2018. Visit County Durham sponsored the Taste of England Award

 

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.”

In 2019 the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence will celebrate 30 years of the awards and success in English tourism and winners from the North East England Tourism Awards will be highlighted as part of the celebrations.

 

The North East England Tourism Awards are organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the North East Tourism Alliance.

 

The North East 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 Visit County Durham , NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Northumberland Tourism, and The North East Hotels Association. The North East England Tourism Awards are also supported by South Tyneside Council and North Tyneside Council.

 

Full list of winners:

 

Hotel of the Year

Gold - Langley Castle Hotel

Silver – Seaham Hall

Bronze – Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa

Bronze – Gisborough Hall Hotel

Highly commended - Headlam Hall Country Hotel & Spa

 

Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year

Gold – Lord Crewe Arms

Silver – William De Percy

Bronze – Barrasford Arms

 

Bed and Breakfast of the Year

Gold – Brunswick House

Gold – St. Cuthbert's House

Bronze – Layside Bed & Breakfast

Highly commended – Budle Hall

Highly commended – Moor End Guest House

 

Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Gold – St. Oswald's Farm

Silver – Woodside Lodge

Bronze – Mains Cottages, Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd.

Highly commended – Brown Rigg Lodges and Guest Rooms

 

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year

Gold – Doe Park Caravan Site

Bronze – North Shire

Bronze – The Paddock Touring Park Wolsingham

 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold – The Auckland Project - Mining Art Gallery

Silver – South Tynedale Railway

Silver – Wynyard Garden

Bronze – Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre

 

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Gold – The Alnwick Garden

Silver – Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Bronze – Whitehouse Farm Centre

Highly commended – Alnwick Castle

 

Guided Tour of the Year

Gold – Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours

Silver – Lundgren Tours Ltd.

Bronze – Behind the Books @ the Lit & Phil

Highly commended – Chillingham Wild Cattle Association (CWCA)

 

Dog Friendly Business of the Year

Gold – Lord Crewe Arms

Silver – Mains Cottages, Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd.

Bronze – South Tynedale Railway

Highly commended – The Lindisfarne Inn

 

Tourism Pub of the Year

Gold – Barrasford Arms

Silver – Lord Crewe Arms

Bronze – The Lindisfarne Inn

Bronze – The Twice Brewed

 

Taste of England Award

Gold – Blackfriars Restaurant

Silver – The Potted Lobster

Bronze – Block & Bottle

Bronze – Lord Crewe Arms

 

Sustainable Tourism Award

Gold – Laverock Law Cottages and Shepherds Hut

Silver – St. Cuthbert's House

 

Inclusive Tourism Award

Gold – Sage Gateshead

Silver – Go North East

Bronze – The Commissioners Quay Inn

Highly commended – The Hog's Head Inn

 

Business Tourism Award

Gold – Event Durham, Durham University

Silver – Sage Gateshead

Bronze – Civic Centre Banqueting Suites, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle City Council

 

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Gold – Durham Pointers

Silver – Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre

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