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:
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:
Gold - Langley Castle Hotel
Silver – Seaham Hall
Bronze – Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa
Bronze – Gisborough Hall Hotel
Highly commended - Headlam Hall Country Hotel & Spa
Gold – Lord Crewe Arms
Silver – William De Percy
Bronze – Barrasford Arms
Gold – Brunswick House
Gold – St. Cuthbert's House
Bronze – Layside Bed & Breakfast
Highly commended – Budle Hall
Highly commended – Moor End Guest House
Gold – St. Oswald's Farm
Silver – Woodside Lodge
Bronze – Mains Cottages, Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd.
Highly commended – Brown Rigg Lodges and Guest Rooms
Gold – Doe Park Caravan Site
Bronze – North Shire
Bronze – The Paddock Touring Park Wolsingham
Gold – The Auckland Project - Mining Art Gallery
Silver – South Tynedale Railway
Silver – Wynyard Garden
Bronze – Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre
Gold – The Alnwick Garden
Silver – Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
Bronze – Whitehouse Farm Centre
Highly commended – Alnwick Castle
Gold – Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours
Silver – Lundgren Tours Ltd.
Bronze – Behind the Books @ the Lit & Phil
Highly commended – Chillingham Wild Cattle Association (CWCA)
Gold – Lord Crewe Arms
Silver – Mains Cottages, Northumberland Self Catering Cottages Ltd.
Bronze – South Tynedale Railway
Highly commended – The Lindisfarne Inn
Gold – Barrasford Arms
Silver – Lord Crewe Arms
Bronze – The Lindisfarne Inn
Bronze – The Twice Brewed
Gold – Blackfriars Restaurant
Silver – The Potted Lobster
Bronze – Block & Bottle
Bronze – Lord Crewe Arms
Gold – Laverock Law Cottages and Shepherds Hut
Silver – St. Cuthbert's House
Gold – Sage Gateshead
Silver – Go North East
Bronze – The Commissioners Quay Inn
Highly commended – The Hog's Head Inn
Gold – Event Durham, Durham University
Silver – Sage Gateshead
Bronze – Civic Centre Banqueting Suites, Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle City Council
Gold – Durham Pointers
Silver – Durham World Heritage Site Visitor Centre