Northumberland featured prominently in North East Tourism Awards shortlist

Shortlisted entries for the North East Tourism Awards.

The awards, which take place in March, will see shortlisted applicants in 15 categories, ranging from camping and glamping to resilience and innovation, vying for first place.

Ian Thomas, Destination Director at NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI), who announced the shortlist, said: “The tourism sector is a vital part of the regional economy, and the awards allow us to showcase the best of the industry.

Since the start of the pandemic, the resilience of the region’s tourism industry has been at the forefront as business owners and their teams have innovated to protect and support this vital aspect of the economy and rebound.

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A new resilience and innovation award will recognize companies that have demonstrated innovation, resilience and adaptation, as well as support to their local communities, during the pandemic.

Mr. Thomas believes that the region is well placed for vacation stays thanks to its reputation for warm hospitality and compact nature.

He said: “Recently Northumberland National Park was voted the best in the UK, two beaches in the North East are on the UK’s ‘best kept secrets’ list and Newcastle has been ranked among the UK’s. 20 second most fascinating cities in the world by Rough, internationally renowned Guides who highlighted our brilliant nightlife, rich arts and culture and famous Geordie charm as reasons to visit.

“National Geographic recently included Hadrian’s Wall among its 35 must-see destinations around the world in 2022, alongside Rome, Oslo and Costa Rica, and it’s the perfect time for the Wall’s 1900th anniversary and a busy schedule of events. ‘events starting in January. These are all great reasons to celebrate our tourism industry.

The North East England Tourism Awards are organized and delivered by the NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the North East Tourism Alliance.

The list of the 2021 North East Tourism Awards finalists is:

Accessible and inclusive tourism price

GHOSTnortheast – The Walk

B&B and guesthouse of the year

Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year

Ethical, responsible and sustainable tourism award

Laverock Law Cottages and Glamping

Resilience and Innovation Award

Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums

Beamish, the living museum of the North

Northern Valhalla Ax Throwing

New tourism business award

Sycamore Cottage & Glamping Pods

Independent Accommodation Provider of the Year

Kidlandlee Vacation Rentals

Small tourist attraction of the year

Ushaw: historic house, chapels and gardens

Taste of North East England

INNSIDE by Melia Newcastle

Great tourist attraction of the year

Vindolanda Roman Fort and Museum

Beamish, the living museum of the North

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