Celebrations at record-breaking Tourism Awards

November 2018

The Hog’s Head Inn was celebrating after collecting a coveted award at the prestigious North East England Tourism Awards.

After a record year for the awards with nearly 150 applications, The Hog’s Head Inn was awarded Highly Commended in arguably the most important category of the evening – the Inclusive Tourism category which recognises businesses that excel in providing inclusive tourism experiences for all visitors, particularly disabled people and others with physical and sensory access needs.  

Sister inn, The Commissioners Quay Inn at Blyth was awarded Bronze in the same category. Our Beal-based sister pub, The Lindisfarne Inn took Bronze in the Tourism Pub of the Year and was Highly Commended in the Dog Friendly Business Category at the awards, which were presented by BBC Radio Newcastle’s Alfie Joey at Newcastle Civic Centre. 

Operations manager Paul Brown said: “The North East England Tourism Awards play a major role in showcasing the fantastic range of high quality experiences offered to visitors. It was an honour to see our inns recognised with four awards, in a record-breaking year for nominations, alongside tourism giants such as The Sage, Go North East Durham University and Alnwick Garden. 

“The general managers and their teams at each of these fabulous pubs all go above and beyond in their efforts to give all customers an outstanding visitor experience. My congratulations to you all for your hard work and dedication and indeed to all the winners and finalists who together make the North East tourism sector the outstanding success that it is.”

Attracting entries from tourism businesses spanning the length and breadth of the region, including Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, Teesside and County Durham, the North East England Tourism Awards celebrate the very best in the region’s tourism sector. 

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “Congratulations to all of those who contribute to the success of the North East tourism sector. This year we received a record number of applications and all the categories were tightly contested.

“From our thriving city centres through to our beautiful coastline and stunning countryside, the tourism sector in the North East continues to flourish and grow.”

The North East England Tourism Awards are organised and delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with the North East Tourism Alliance.

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