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North East England Tourism Awards finalists announced

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Seventeen Northumberland businesses are finalists in this year’s North East Tourism Awards.

The awards recognise tourism excellence and Northumberland businesses in the finals include: Macdonald Linden Hall, St. Cuthbert’s House B&B, The Old Vicarage B&B, Seafield Caravan Park, Vindolanda Fort & Museum, Wheelbirks Ice Cream Parlour, and Go Ape Matfen.

The full shortlist, detailed below, includes attractions and accommodation from Weardale, Tynedale, Gateshead and from the Cheviots in the North to Guisborough in the South.

Categories including Best Tourism Event, Best Large Visitor Attraction and Best B&B are judged by a range of senior industry figures, nominees have already demonstrated high standards of excellence in fields including customer service, training, accessibility and sustainability.

This year winners will be unveiled at the North East England Tourism Awards ceremony that will take place on Thursday October 6th at Sunderland Football Club’s Stadium of Light.

As well as the recognition, there are also financial benefits, with research showing higher quality award winning businesses have enjoyed occupancy rates of up to 30% more than the industry average.

Geoff Hodgson, chairman of the North East Tourism Advisory Board said: “The North East England Tourism awards recognise the best tourism businesses across the North East.

“The success of this year’s shortlisted winners, also demonstrates that tourism businesses that invest in quality, not only provide more for their visitors, they also enjoy significant economic benefits.”

Full List of Finalists:

Large Hotel of the Year:

Gisborough Hall Hotel, Tees Valley
Macdonald Linden Hall, Northumberland
Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf and Spa Resort, Tees Valley

Small Hotel of the Year:

Doxford Hall Hotel, Northumberland
Seaham Hall Hotel and Serenity Spa, County Durham
Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel, Tees Valley

Bed & Breakfast of the Year:

Dowfold House Bed & Breakfast, County Durham
Low Urpeth Farm Bed & Breakfast, County Durham
The Old Vicarage, Northumberland

Self Catering/Serviced Apartment of the Year:

Budle Falls, Northumberland
Cheviot Holiday Cottages, Northumberland
Falstone Barns, Northumberland
Outchester Ducket, Northumberland

Caravan/Holiday Park of the Year:

Seafield Caravan Park, Northumberland

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year:

Durham University Botanic Gardens, County Durham
Hall Hill Farm, County Durham
WWT Washington Wetlands Centre, Tyne and Wear

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year:

Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Tyne and Wear
The Beamish Museum, County Durham
Vindolanda Fort & Museum, Northumberland

Business Tourism Award:

Event Durham, Durham University, County Durham
Great North Museum:Hancock, Tyne and Wear
Sodexo Prestige, Tyne and Wear

Taste of North East England Award:

Knitsley Farm Shop, County Durham
Oldfields Eating House, County Durham
Wheelbirks Parlour, Northumberland

Outstanding Customer Service Award:

Macdonald Linden Hall Golf & Country Club – William Salve, Northumberland
Sodexo Prestige – Kate Carnaby, Tyne and Wear
Wynyard Hall Country House Hotel – Kelly Smith, Tees Valley

Sustainable Tourism Award:

Blackthorn Gate, Tees Valley
Killhope The North of England Lead Mining Museum, County Durham
St Cuthbert’s House, Northumberland

Best Tourism Experience Award:

Go Ape Matfen, Northumberland
National Glass Centre, Tyne and Wear
Surfing in North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear

Tourism Event of the Year:

Evolution Weekender, Tyne and Wear
Extraordinary Measures, Tyne and Wear
Tall Ships, Tees Valley

Access for All Award:

Great North Museum:Hancock, Tyne and Wear
The Coach House, Northumberland
The Old Farmhouse, Northumberland

Tourism Information Centre of the Year:

Once Brewed Tourist Information, Northumberland
Rothbury Tourist Information Centre, Northumberland
Stanhope Tourist Information Centre, County Durham.

The awards acknowledge the important role of tourism in the North East economy, and the important role of visitors to Northumberland, particularly those who take Northumberland cottage holidays.

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