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Become a sponsor

The North East England Tourism Awards recognise and reward the very best of the tourism industry throughout the region. The awards ceremony is attended by those working in the tourism industry and the wider business community. Becoming a sponsor is an opportunity for your business to be associated with one of the most prestigious awards ceremonies in the North East.

The 2016 awards ceremony was held at Newcastle Civic Centre and was attended by over 430 guests. It achieved widespread print and broadcast media coverage and audience exposure for our winners, sponsors and the wider tourism industry.

We are offering various sponsorship opportunities, including overall event sponsorship, category sponsorship and more. If you are interested in sponsoring the awards please contact

2017 Sponsors

Event Partners

The Crowne Plaza Newcastle - Stephenson Quarter is one of the newest and most stylish upmarket hotels in the city, situated behind Newcastle Central Station. Located in the up-and-coming Stephenson Quarter, home of the world's first passenger train, the hotel commands an envied position with a lot of the city's attractions within walking distance, including: Metro Radio Arena, Centre for Life, Lane7, Theatre Royal, and Tyneside Cinema.

Dating back to the 1820s, the Boiler Shop was a focal part of the Stephenson Co locomotive works but recent years have seen it attract up to 3,000 people to its food and music events.

R&B Group is one of the leading event production companies in the UK, and winners of the AV Awards Grand Prix Award a couple of years ago. They work with organisations nationwide, producing professional, high quality and creative events that audiences enjoy and remember.

Event Sponsors

Bidfood are one of the largest food wholesalers in the UK. Their mission is to deliver service excellence, making life easier and helping their customers to grow. Therefore, everything they do has the customer at heart, and is led by research and insights, be it into food trends supporting them to keep a step ahead of the curve, or into the latest technological advances allowing them to continuously develop their service offering. 

Bidfood are also sponsoring the Tourism Pub of the Year Award.

Newcastle College serves over 20,000 learners from their main Rye Hill campus in the heart of Newcastle upon Tyne, their nine satellite sites in and around the city, and at four community-outreach venues across the North East. They work with hundreds of regional businesses and a recent economic report identified that the College contributes almost £244m to the regional economy.

Newcastle College are also sponsoring the Business Toruism Award.

Northumbrian Water Limited (NWL) continues to focus on its core competencies of water and waste water management, and aims to deliver value to all stakeholders by being a leading performer in the industry. NWL is firmly rooted within the communities it serves. This understanding of, and commitment to, those communities is demonstrated by their leadership in initiatives such as ′Water for Health′, affordable housing and in their approach to corporate responsibility.

Northumbrian Water are also sponsoring the Sustainable Tourism Award.

Drinks Reception Sponsors

Following a £9m investment and three years in development, The Lakes Distillery opened in December 2014 in The Lake District National Park with the vision of producing world class spirits that will be global brands recognised and respected around the world.  Their first spirit offering was The ONE, a unique blended whisky containing mix of the best whiskies from around the British Isles. They also produce The Lakes Gin and The Lakes Vodka, whilst their eagerly-awaited Lakes Malt whisky will be launched in 2018. 

Category Sponsors

B&B of the Year 
Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year 
Business Tourism Award sponsored by Newcastle College
Dog Friendly Business sponsored by Northumberland Tourism
Guided Tour of the Year sponsored by South Tyneside Council
Holiday Park of the Year sponsored by Crosby's and DPS
Hotel of the Year sponsored by Fishers
Inclusive Tourism sponsored by Gateshead College
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 
Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year
Small Visitor Attraction of the Year sponsored by the North East Hotels Association
Sustainable Tourism sponsored by Northumbrian Water
Taste of England Award sponsored by Visit County Durham
Tourism Pub of the Year sponsored by Bidfood
Visitor Information Provider of the Year sponsored by Go North East

Tourism Awards 2017 Sponsors: