Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Why Visitors Get So Passionate about Us; Cream of the Crop in Tourism Honoured

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Why Visitors Get So Passionate about Us; Cream of the Crop in Tourism Honoured

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Byline: By Hayley Beattie

THE cream of the region's tourism industry was honoured last night at the second North East England Tourism Awards.

Organised by One North East, the ceremony recognises leading individuals, businesses and visitor attractions which have contributed to the region's thriving tourism industry.

Last night, those shortlisted in 16 categories - ranging from the year's best large hotel to the top tourist information centre - gathered at Newcastle's Civic Centre to hear the results.

Among the winners were Langley Castle, in Langley, Northumberland which picked up the award for small hotel of the year.

Alnwick Castle won large visitor attraction and for the second year in a row The Keelman in Newburn, Newcastle, won best visitor pub.

The award for tourism website of the year went to the Centre for Life in Newcastle for its site www.life.org.uk and the Discovery Museum in Newcastle won the category for best family experience.

Winners in the first 12 categories will represent the region in the national Enjoy England Awards for Excellence, to be held in London in 2007, where last year the North- East won two gold and three silver awards.

John Holmes, One North East director of regeneration and tourism, said: "I congratulate all of our winners and wish them the best of luck in the national finals.

"The competition for the 2006 North East England tourism awards has been of the highest standard and the judges have had a very difficult task on their hands. All of our winners should be proud of themselves.

"The North East England tourism awards celebrate what is best about tourism in our region and this year we have had a huge amount to be proud of.

"Our latest research shows it is worth over pounds 3bn to the region and directly employs over 50,000 people.

Tourism is not only a major contributor to our economy but also plays a significant role in enhancing the image of the region."

Some of the business and tourist attractions which just missed out on the top spot this year included De Vere Slaley Hall in Slaley, Northumberland which picked up a silver in the large hotel category' Segedunum Roman Fort, Wallsend, North Tyneside and Hexham Old Gaol in Hexham, Northumberland, which received silver and bronze respectively in the small visitor attraction of the year. …

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