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 (always an incredibly difficult task!) has been completed, and the winners will be announced shortly and fed into the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. Whilst we would have loved to postpone our dinner and celebrate at a later date with all of our shortlisted businesses, we wanted to ensure that all winners are entered into the national awards in plenty of time, hence the decision to cancel and move ahead swiftly with the announcements.
Despite being unable to have a physical event, we will still be shouting about all of the fantastic entries and winners and we are currently planning how we maximise the profile and PR for all shortlisted nominees.
In the meantime, we apologise for any inconvenience caused but hope that you understand why we came to this difficult decision made in unprecedented circumstances.
The team at NGI will work with our tourism colleagues across the region to support the sector during this difficult period. We are collating intelligence daily on the impact of Covid-19 by working closely with both national and regional partners and will ensure you’re kept as up to date as we are through regular communications. Please do check our web page for regular updates.