Beamish has been named the region’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year for the second year in a row.
We were joint gold winners along with Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, at the North East England Tourism Awards 2015.
Richard Evans, Beamish’s Director, said: “We’re all truly delighted to receive this tourism award once again this year – along with our friends at Seven Stories. It’s fantastic recognition of how brilliant our staff and volunteers are – the warmth of the welcome they provide and their dedication and hard work all year round.
“It was great that some of our longest serving staff were at the awards ceremony to pick up the trophy. I couldn’t think of a more fitting way to pay tribute to their work.”
The awards, which showcase the region’s thriving tourism industry, were presented during a ceremony at Newcastle Civic Centre on 24th November, hosted by BBC Radio Newcastle’s Alfie Joey.
The winners now have a chance to progress to the national Visit England Awards for Excellence 2016.
Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive at destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “Huge congratulations to all of this year’s winners. It has been another outstanding year for entries with a high standard of entrants across the board.”
The North East England Tourism Awards are organised and delivered, on behalf of the Northern Tourism Alliance, by NewcastleGateshead Initiative. Entries have increased by over 70 per cent in the last four years, making the 2015 awards the biggest to date.
The awards were delivered in partnership with Northumbrian Water, Newcastle College, Newcastle Civic Centre and R&B Group.
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. Members include NewcastleGateshead Initiative, Northumberland Tourism, Visit County Durham, The North East Hotels Association and local authorities South Tyneside Council, North Tyneside Council and Sunderland City Council. The Awards are also supported by Active Northumberland.