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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.

The top three finalists in each category will have the chance to enter the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2018, which is even more of a reason to enter your business today!

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

  • Submitting an entry is complely 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.

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.

Apply today!

Entrants must submit an electronic copy of their application form, plus one pdf document (max size 20mb) of supporting evidence if relevant. 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 the document below before starting your application.

Application information and FAQ

This year there are 15 award categories. Application forms can be downloaded by clicking on the links below: 

Completed applications should be submitted electronically to by 4pm on Monday 4 September 2017.

If you have any questions please 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.

Tourism Awards 2017 Sponsors: