Tourism Awards

North East England Tourism AwardsThe North East England Tourism Awards and VisitEngland Awards for Excellence play a major role in showcasing the fantastic range of high quality experiences we offer for visitors here in the North East, no matter what their budget. The Awards have had a hugely positive impact on tourism in the North East providing a benchmark for all businesses to aspire to and delivering significant benefit to shortlisted and winning businesses alike. By simply taking part you could improve your business performance in terms of turnover, profitability, quality, sustainability, staff morale and customer satisfaction.

 

  • The Awards recognise and reward businesses and people working in the tourism and hospitality industry, and help raise the profile and importance of the industry.
  • Award winners gain a competitive edge through recognition of their commitment to excellence and quality standards. Entering the awards is a positive, open and motivating way to recognise and reward your staff and their contribution to the business.
  • Award winning businesses can attract high quality staff and help increase staff motivation, loyalty and commitment of existing staff.

Durham businesses shine with fourteen awards at North East England Tourism Awards 2016

Durham businesses were celebrating after scooping 14 awards at the high-profile 2016 North East England Tourism Awards on Tuesday 23 November 2016.

 

The awards, which were announced at a glittering ceremony in Newcastle Civic Centre’s Banqueting Hall, shine a spotlight on the tourism industry. Durham won six prestigious Gold awards - including Hotel of the Year, Large Visitor Attraction of the Year and Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - two Silver awards, five Bronze awards and one Highly Commended award.

 

 

Gold award winners from Durham were as follows:

 

Business Tourism Provider of the Year - Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

Dog-Friendly Business of the Year - South Causey Inn

Hotel of the Year - Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Self-Catering Provider of the Year - Mill Granary Cottages

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - Bowlees Visitor Centre

 

Silvers were awarded to Ramside Hall Hotel in the Hotel of the Year category and Bracken Hill Farm Cottage in the Self-Catering Property of the Year category. Bronze awards were won by: Event Durham, Durham University in the Business Tourism Provider of the Year category; Bracken Hill Farm Cottage in the Dog-Friendly Business of the Year category; The Old Stables, Knitsley in the Self-Catering Provider of the Year category; Durham University in the Sustainable Tourism Award category; and Durham University Catering in the Taste Award category.

 

One Highly Commended Award was won by Seaham Hall in the Business Tourism Provider of the Year category.     

 

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said “Many congratulations to all of this year’s winners. It is always a delight to see so many businesses awarded for their commitment to the North East’s tourism sector. 

 

“The North East of England has a fantastic tourism offer, from the buzz and culture of our cities to the beautiful heritage of our coast and countryside. This is demonstrated by the variety of businesses who have entered and won the awards.”

 

Playing a major role in showcasing the range of high quality tourism businesses and experiences on offer to visitors across the North East, the awards have continued to grow year on year. Of the 143 entries this year, over 60 businesses (42% of entrants) entered the awards for the first time. This year also saw the addition of three new categories: Guided Tour of the Year, Self-Catering Property of the Year and Dog-Friendly Business of the Year.

 

Winners at the regional awards have the chance to showcase their business and the North East on a national stage at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2017.

 

Michelle Gorman, managing director of Visit County Durham, said: “We are thrilled to see so many Durham businesses awarded for their hard work and dedication to the tourism industry. It is once again testament to the quality and diversity of our tourism offer that we have so many worthy winners.”

 

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 Awards are also supported by Active Northumberland, South Tyneside Council, North Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council.

 


North East Tourism Awards 2016 – Durham winners

Business Tourism Provider of the Year

Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf &
GOLD

Event Durham, Durham University
BRONZE 

Seaham Hall
HIGHLY COMMENDED 

Dog-Friendly Business of the Year

South Causey Inn -
GOLD

Bracken Hill Farm Cottage
BRONZE

 

 

Hotel of the Year

Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa
GOLD

Ramside Hall Hotel
SILVER

 




 

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Beamish, The Living Museum of the North
GOLD

Self-Catering Provider of the Year

Mill Granary Cottages
GOLD

The Old Stables Knitsley
BRONZE

Self-Catering Property of the Year

Bracken Hill Farm Cottage
SILVER

 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Bowlees Visitor Centre
GOLD

Sustainable Tourism Award

Durham University
BRONZE

Taste Award

Durham University Catering
BRONZE

 

VisitEngland Awards

Winners at the North East England Tourism Awards have the chance to compete on a national stage against those winners from England’s other regions at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

 

Winners 2016


Large Hotel of the Year - Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa (Gold)
Tourism Event of the Year - Durham University - Magna Carta Exhibition (Highly Commended)
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - Beamish, The Living Museum of the North (Bronze)
Business Tourism Award - Seaham Hall (Highly Commended)

 

 

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