In light of increasing concerns about the impact of events and public gatherings on the spread of COVID -19, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the planned dinner in celebration of the North East England Tourism Awards, which was due to take place on Tuesday 24 March at Newcastle Civic Centre. This decision was taken to protect all of our guests and staff as a matter of priority.

All of the hard work judging the awards and selecting the winners has been completed, and the winners will be announced shortly and fed into the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. Read full statement.

Welcome to the North East England Tourism Awards 2020

The North East England Tourism Awards play a major role in showcasing the fantastic range of high quality experiences we offer for visitors here in the North East.

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.

The North East England Tourism Awards 2020 are being run in partnership with the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. All Applicants need to progress through a local/regional competition for reach the national Awards. Eligible winners from the North East awards will automatically feed into the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020 for the chance to be recognised as a national winner.

Applications for the 2020 North East England Tourism Awards are now closed and the shortlist has been announced.


The 2020 North East England Tourism Awards will take place in the Banqueting Suite at Newcastle Civic Centre on Tuesday 24 March.

Ticket sales are now closed.

Singleticket: £56.25 + VAT = £67.50
Table of 10: £550 + VAT = £660.00

Timings: Click for event timetable

Dress code: Black tie preferred

Location: Banqueting Suite, Newcastle Civic Centre, NE99 1NP

Access and Dietary requirements: Please advise us of any access & dietary requirements when you purchase the tickets

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Guests are invited to enjoy a black-tie dinner followed by the awards ceremony. As there will be a large number of awards to present on the night, only gold winners will receive their award on stage. However, there will be a separate photo session for winners of silver, bronze and highly commended awards. A special souvenir programme listing all finalists will be available on the night.


This years awards compere is local comedian Chris Ramsey.

Chris Ramsey is a critically acclaimed Stand Up Comedian and regular face on TV. He has hosted two series of his own show The Chris Ramsey Show on Comedy Central as well as Chris Ramsey’s Stand Up Central and the panel show Virtually Famous on E4. He is a regular face on Celebrity Juice on ITV2 and played the lead role in BBC2 sitcom Hebburn. He has performed on The Royal Variety Performance, Live At The Apollo and hosted his own episodes of Live From The Comedy Store on Comedy Central. He was nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best show in 2011 and has since sold out numerous massive UK tours.


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