Northumberland businesses in running for national tourism awards

St Cuthbert's House winning Bed and Breakfast of the Year at the North East England Tourism Awards in November.
St Cuthbert's House winning Bed and Breakfast of the Year at the North East England Tourism Awards in November.

VisitEngland has today announced the finalists for its prestigious Awards for Excellence 2017, with three in the running from Northumberland.

The Awards, now in their 28th year, recognise and congratulate those businesses and individuals from across England who champion the very best practice and excellence in customer service. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on Monday, April 24, at the Hilton Waldorf, London.

Among those hoping to be crowned are St Cuthbert’s House, in Seahouses – B&B of the Year; The Tankerville Arms, in Eglingham – Tourism Pub of the Year; and Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant, in Wark – Sustainable Tourism Award.

All three saw success at the North East England Tourism Awards, which were handed out in November.

VisitEngland chief executive, Sally Balcombe, said: “The awards shine a spotlight on an industry driven by the highest-calibre people and organisations who deliver unforgettable experiences for visitors, raising the profile of England as a world-class destination and driving the economic benefits of tourism across the regions.”

Competition this year was particularly fierce and the 67 finalists were selected from almost 600 applications spread across 22 categories. This year also saw the highest number of applications ever submitted for the categories, which range from Inclusive Tourism to Visitor Information Provider of the Year and three family-friendly awards (Accommodation, Attraction and Food & Drink Business of the Year). Applications were received from all manner of businesses, including hotels, B&Bs, glamping operators, restaurants, food and drink producers, pubs, museums and conference centres.