Tourism businesses from across the North East were celebrated last night as the winners of the North East England Tourism Awards were announced at a ceremony held at The Boiler Shop in partnership with Crowne Plaza Newcastle in the Stephenson Quarter.
BBC Radio Newcastle breakfast show presenter Alfie Joey hosted the awards and entertained guests throughout the evening. Winners on the night included South Tynedale Railway who walked away with two gold awards and first time entrants Block and Bottle who were presented with the Taste of England Award.
The full list of Gold winners:
- Hotel of the Year – Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant
- Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year – Newton Hall
- Bed and Breakfast of the Year – St Cuthbert’s House
- Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year – Brunton House and Cottages
- Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year – Seafield Caravan Park
- Small Visitor Attraction of the Year – South Tynedale Railway
- Large Visitor Attraction of the Year – Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
- Guided Tour of the Year – BBC Tours
- Dog Friendly Business of the Year – South Tynedale Railway
- Tourism Pub of the Year – The Apple Inn
- Taste of England Award – Block and Bottle
- Sustainable Tourism Award – Laverock Law Cottages
- Inclusive Tourism Award – Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books
- Business Tourism Award – Event Durham, Durham University
- Visitor Information Provider of the Year – Durham Pointers
The awards play a key role in showcasing the range of high quality tourism businesses and experiences on offer to visitors across the North East. All winners now have the chance to enter the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2018.
Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “Huge congratulations to all of tonight’s winners. It’s been another brilliant year for entries and we received a high standard of entrants across all categories.
“The tourism sector in the North East of England continues to thrive, from our buzzing city centres to our beautiful coastline and varied countryside. Next year promises to be another exciting one for the region as we welcome the Great Exhibition of the North which will have a major impact on our visitor, and wider, economy.”
Northumbrian Water supported the awards for the sixth consecutive year, joined by Newcastle College and Bidfood as event sponsors for 2017.
David Hall, head of leisure, strategy and transformation at Northumbrian Water, said: “We are delighted to continue our support of the North East England Tourism Awards for the sixth year in a row and celebrate the very best the North East has to offer those visiting, living and working in the region. From unique coastlines and vibrant city cultures through to spectacular countryside and our very own breathtaking Kielder Waterside, the region has something to offer everyone. Congratulations to all the winners and those shortlisted.”
Tony Lewin, principal at Newcastle College, said: “Many of our students from Newcastle College go on to play key roles in the North East tourism industry, so it’s great to be able to support the awards. Thanks to our fantastic partnerships within the region our students have experienced working at some amazing hotels, restaurants and attractions – many of them on show tonight. We’re also very proud that a number of our talented students have worked with NewcastleGateshead Initiative to help make this year’s event a success.”
Susan Justice, head of business development at Bidfood, added: “Firstly, well done to all of tonight’s winners. The North East has a wide variety of great tourism and hospitality businesses and we should be extremely proud of what we have to offer. We are thrilled to support the North East England Tourism Awards and celebrate those organisations that go the extra mile for visitors to the region.”
The North East England Tourism Awards are organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative and NGI Solutions 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 members of the alliance are NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Northumberland Tourism, Visit County Durham, The North East Hotels Association, South Tyneside Council and North Tyneside Council.