Tourism bosses eye home win at Stadium of Light

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STADIUM of Light bosses will be hoping for a home win when they play host to the Oscars of the region’s tourism industry.

The Black Cats’ subsidiary 1879 Events Management will be hosting the North East England Tourism Awards at the stadium on Tuesday, November 11.

The company is also hoping it will be celebrating on the night, after the National Glass Centre – where 1879 manages catering and events – was shortlisted for Large Visitor Attraction of the Year.

The events firm, which also operates The Beach House, Roker, has managed catering and events at the Centre since its £2.3million makeover last year, and also runs its in-house National Glass Centre Brasserie.

Gary Hutchinson, commercial director at Sunderland AFC and 1879 Events Management, said: “The Stadium of Light won gold in the Business Tourism category of the North East England Tourism awards in 2009, so we know first-hand how much prestige and recognition these awards can bring to a business.

“Hosting the event this year is an absolute privilege and one which will mean even more should National Glass Centre score victory in its category.”