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Shortlist announced for North East England Tourism Awards 2018

Businesses from across the region are celebrating after being shortlisted for the North East England Tourism Awards, following a record year for entries.

Application numbers for the awards were up 25 per cent from last year to nearly 150 and new entries made up a significant proportion of these. Overall, 57 applications made the shortlist for the 15 award categories from a wide range of tourism businesses across County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.

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

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “It’s great to see a record number of applicants for the North East England Tourism Awards this year. We’ve had a variety of new applicants, as well as strong entries from those applying again, and there are some extremely competitive categories.

“Having hosted the biggest event in England in 2018, Great Exhibition of the North, and other significant events in the region, such as Tall Ships, the tourism sector is continuing to grow and flourish in the North East. These awards are a brilliant way to celebrate those businesses that make the tourism industry so successful and we’re looking forward to the award’s ceremony in November.”

Newcastle College and Bidfood are continuing their support for the awards as event sponsors for 2018.

Lisa Hamilton-Murray, assistant principal at Newcastle College, said: “Newcastle College is delighted to be sponsoring the North East Tourism Awards for another year. We have a significant tourism provision at the College and many of our students go on to successful careers in the sector following their studies with us.

“Key to the success of our programmes are the fantastic partnerships we have with employers. Students benefit from work experience in some of the best hotels, restaurants and resorts in the North East and these awards are a great opportunity to support and celebrate this growing industry.”

Susan Justice, head of business development at Bidfood added: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the North East England Tourism Awards for the second year running. There are so many fantastic tourism and hospitality businesses across the North East and it’s great to see them recognised through these awards.

“This year, we are sponsoring the ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’ category and I can’t wait to celebrate those organisations that go above and beyond to deliver the best possible experience to those visiting the region.”

Winners will be announced at a major celebration of the North East tourism industry on Wednesday 21 November 2018 at Newcastle Civic Centre. Hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter, Alfie Joey, tickets to attend the awards are priced at £67.50 and are available to buy at

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

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 North East England Tourism Awards are also supported by South Tyneside Council and North Tyneside Council.

The 2018 Shortlist

Hotel of the Year

Gisborough Hall Hotel
Langley Castle Hotel
Headlam Hall Country Hotel & Spa
Seaham Hall
Doxford Hall Hotel & Spa

Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year

Barrasford Arms
Lord Crewe Arms
Newton Hall
William De Percy

Bed and Breakfast of the Year

Moor End Guest House
Brunswick House
Layside Bed & Breakfast
Budle Hall
St Cuthbert’s House

Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

St Oswald’s Farm
Mains Cottages
Woodside Lodge
Brown Rigg Lodges and Guest Rooms

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year

The Paddock Touring Park Wolsingham
North Shire
Finchale Abbey Touring Park
Doe Park Caravan Site

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

South Tynedale Railway
The Hauxley Wildlife Discovery Centre
Wynyard Garden
The Auckland Project – Mining Art Gallery

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Whitehouse Farm Centre
Alnwick Castle
Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
The Alnwick Gardens

Guided Tour of the Year

Behind the Books @ the Lit & Phil
Chillingham Wild Cattle Association (CWCA)
Lundgren Tours
Serenity Farne Island Boat Tours

Dog Friendly Business of the Year

South Tynedale Railway
Mains Cottages
Lord Crewe Arms
The Lindisfarne Inn

Tourism Pub of the Year

Barrasford Arms
The Twice Brewed
Lord Crewe Arms
The Lindisfarne Inn

Taste of England Award

Lord Crewe Arms
Block and Bottle
Blackfriars Restaurant
The Potted Lobster

Sustainable Tourism Award

St Cuthbert’s House
Laverock Law Cottages and Shepherds Hut

Inclusive Tourism Award

Go North East
The Hog’s Head Inn
The Commissioners Quay Inn
Sage Gateshead

Business Tourism Award

Event Durham, Durham University
Civic Centre Banqueting Suites
Sage Gateshead

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Durham Pointers
Durham world heritage site visitor centre