Award entries

It’s a great honour to receive a North East England Tourism Award, giving businesses official recognition for their positive contribution to the tourism industry in our region.

Here are just a few reasons why you should enter this year's awards:

  • Submitting an entry is completely free of charge.
  • The awards recognise and reward businesses and people working in the tourism and hospitality industry, and help raise the profile and importance of the industry.
  • Award winners gain a competitive edge through recognition of their commitment to excellence and quality standards.
  • Entering the awards is a positive, open and motivating way to recognise and reward your staff and their contribution to the business.
  • Award-winning businesses can attract high-quality staff and help increase staff motivation, loyalty and commitment.
  • Simply entering the awards is a win-win situation. Completing an application is an excellent management tool and helps businesses focus on key aspects of managing the business and how they can develop and improve in the future - remember all entrants will get valuable feedback from the judges.
  • Eligible winners across a number of categories will be automatically put forward to the national VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2020.

We want everyone to maximise their chances of winning by presenting the strongest possible entry. Please remember that judges might not know your business personally and will be shortlisting based exclusively on the materials you provide in your application. It is important, therefore, that your entry is clearly presented and easy to read, addresses the judging criteria, looks professional and conveys what it is that makes your business really special.

Entry to the awards is now open!

Entry closes 5pm Monday 7 October 2019

Entrants must submit an application form via the online portal. The judging will be based on this entry form, your website (viewed on desktop, mobile and tablet) and any other online presence that you might have, including social media.  The judges will also look at your online customer reviews. 

We recommend you read through our Terms and Conditions before starting your application, and if you would like to check the requirements for each category before beginning your application you can download a blank form below.

Accessible and Inclusive Tourism Award
B&B and Guest House of the Year
Business Events Venue of the Year
Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year
Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award
Experience of the Year
Large Hotel of the Year
Small Hotel of the Year
International Tourism Award
New Tourism Business Award
Pub of the Year
Self Catering Accommodation of the Year
Taste of North East England
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

If you have any questions please read our FAQs or contact the team on 0191 440 5722 or email

For full details of your category and terms and conditions, please refer to the application form.

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