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Northumberland Tourism Awards 2017

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Northumberland is the jewel in the crown of the North-East tourist industry and that’s why we want to celebrate the very best.

With the county’s booming visitor economy only going in one direction, Northeast Press, publishers of the Northumberland Gazette, Berwick Advertiser, Morpeth Herald and News Post Leader, has teamed up with Northumberland Tourism to launch the Northumberland Tourism Awards.

And not only will the awards ceremony celebrate those businesses and attractions putting in the most effort to make tourism a success and attract visitors, but the winners will land a place on the shortlist for the North East England Tourism Awards, which take place each November, potentially earning a spot at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

With that in mind, the award categories mirror those in the regional contest: Boutique Accommodation/Small Hotel; Bed and Breakfast; Dog Friendly Business; Holiday Park; Hotel; Inclusive Tourism; Large Visitor Attraction; Self-Catering Property; Small Visitor Attraction; Sustainable Tourism Award; Taste Award; Tourism Pub of the Year.

Additionally at our awards, there will be prizes for the best Wedding Venue, Family Day Out and an overall prize.

The Northumberland Tourism Awards winners will announced at a special ceremony at Alnwick Castle on Thursday, June 22, moved from the original date of June 8 when the snap General Election was called for the same day. And it will be different from what you may expect. Instead of black tie, think dress like a tourist (or smart casual); instead of a sit-down dinner, think a theatre-style awards ceremony followed by a hog roast in Hogwart’s (or at least the castle which stood in for it in the first two Harry Potter films).

The evening will start with a drinks reception at 6.30pm and tickets, costing £35, can be obtained by emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Jude Leitch, director of Northumberland Tourism, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the Northumberland Tourism Awards are being launched.

“We have so many high-quality businesses and it’s great to recognise them and it’s also great for them to go on to gain further recognition in the regional and possibly national awards.”

Northumberland Gazette editor, Paul Larkin, added: “We all know that Northumberland has a wealth of brilliant tourism businesses and attractions so we wanted to make an effort to give them the recognition they deserve.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to enter these awards so that we can make them a real celebration of all that’s great about Northumberland’s tourism industry.

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