Entries open for tourism awards

Entries open for tourism awards

Tourism bosses are calling on businesses to celebrate their own achievements and enter the North East England Tourism Awards 2015.

Speaking to businesses in the region James Berresford, chief executive at VisitEngland, said: “The region has a tremendous amount to offer visitors and I am confident that domestic and international visitors arriving for the Rugby World Cup this autumn are in store for something special. As an industry we need to embrace the challenge of providing world-class experiences to visitors to keep up with our global competitors. The North East England Tourism Awards 2015 is an opportunity for businesses across the region to demonstrate the very best that’s on offer.”

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, commented: “The sector is an important part of the economy of North East England supporting 54,000 jobs and the regional awards provide a platform to remind everyone that the tourism industry is a key part of the continued success of the North East. I’d encourage all of the area’s tourism businesses to think about how they’ve excelled in the last year and enter the awards.”

Entries for this year’s North East England Tourism Awards are open from 11 June. They are organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the Northern Tourism Alliance and local authorities across the region. The gala Awards dinner will take place on Tuesday 24 November 2015 at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Winners at the North East England Tourism Awards 2015 will have the chance to compete nationally at VisitEngland’s Excellence Awards. Earlier this year, seven North East businesses went on to see success nationally following the 2014 Awards.

More information on the North East England Tourism Awards can be found at www.NorthEastTourismAwards.com, where applications are available to download. The deadline for entries is Friday 04 September 2015.

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.

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