Two hotels and a university are among the pick of the region’s tourism businesses going head-to-head.
The shortlist for the North East England Tourism Awards has been announced today and sees Seaham Hall nominated in the Business Tourism Award, while Ramside Hall is in the running for Hotel of the Year.
The Inclusive Tourism award features both bus company Go North East and the National Glass Centre. Beamish Museum is nominated for Large Visitor Attraction and Durham University is listed in the in the Taste, Sustainable Tourism and Business Tourism categories.
Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive at destination marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said “It’s fantastic to have another record breaking year for entries and I’m delighted to see so many new businesses enter the awards.
“The tourism sector continues to thrive as the quality and variety of tourism businesses in the North East of England maintain such a high standard.
“I’m always impressed to see the outstanding work the finalists have delivered and I look forward to celebrating their achievements with them at the awards ceremony in November.”
This year sees the addition of three new categories; ‘Guided Tour of the Year’, ‘Self Catering Property of the Year’ and ‘Dog Friendly Business’.
Fifty-five applications made this year’s shortlist from a wide range of tourism businesses across Country Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.
Northumbrian Water is supporting the awards for the fifth consecutive year, joined by Gateshead College as the headlines sponsors for 2016.
The results will be announced on November 22 at Newcastle Civic Centre’s Banqueting Hall. Tickets to attend the awards are priced at £65 and are available now at www.NorthEastTourismAwards.com