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Three Sunderland attractions short listed for North East England Tourism Award 2015

Tourism Awards

The North East England Tourism Awards play a major role in showcasing the fantastic range of high quality experiences the North East has to offer visitors regardless of their budget or length of stay in the region.

The Awards have positive impact on tourism in the North East and provide a benchmark for all businesses to aspire to and delivers significant benefit to shortlisted and winning businesses. By simply taking part a venue can improve business performance in terms of turnover, profitability, quality, sustainability, staff morale and most importantly customer satisfaction.

In addition 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. Some of the successful North East businesses in 2014 went on from these regional awards to win Gold nationally and be officially recognised as the best in the country.

This year sees three tourist attractions based in Sunderland shortlisted for this prestigious award.

Karting North East has been shortlisted for ‘Tourism Experience of the Year’. The motorsports centre based at Warden Law is one of the largest karting centres in the UK and boasts; 4x4 off road driving experiences, a paintball arena, archery and tomahawk games and the fastest hire off-road rage buggies in the UK.

Washington Wetland Centre has been shortlisted for ‘Small Visitor Attraction of the Year’. The wetlands centre at Pattinson Road in Washington covers 45 hectares of stunning wetlands and woodlands on the River Wear and is one of the North East's biggest conservation success stories The centre offers a window on a wide range of wildlife, guided tours and something for all the family whatever their age.

National Glass Centre has been shortlisted for ‘Large Visitor Attraction of the Year’. The centre at Liberty Way overlooks the River Wear and is unique in what it offers visitors. With exhibitions of internationally renowned artists working in glass and ceramics, demonstrations and a chance to have a go at glass blowing, along with regular children’s play sessions and workshops in glass for all ages it offers something for everyone. The Glass Centre is free entry, has a cycle hub, the centre is right on the C2C, and a rather good brassiere with service both in and out doors.

The 2015 North East England Tourism Awards take place on Tuesday 24 November 2015 and you can find out more at North East Tourism Awards, on Twitter at @TourismAwardsNE and on the hash tag #NEETA2015.

Find out more about Karting North East.

Find out more about Washington Wetland Centre.

Find out more about the National Glass Centre.

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L.S. Lowry spent his holidays in Sunderland at Seaburn, painting scenes of the coast, port and coal mines. The city is the home to one of the best collections of L.S. Lowry paintings in England.


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