Apply now for the 2025 North East England Tourism Awards

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Championing innovation in tourism and inspiring business excellence.

We're excited to announce that applications for the North East England Tourism Awards will be open as of Tuesday May 7th.

To apply, simply submit an application via our 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 your social media and online customer reviews.

We want you to maximise your 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 special.

Submissions will be open until Monday 16th September 5pm.

Please also make sure to read the terms and conditions before submitting your application.

Terms and Conditions

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Click below to start your application for the 2025 North East England Tourism Awards


Our 2025 awards are open to all tourism businesses which meet the published criteria for the category or categories they are entering. Entrants from Northumberland, Tyne & Wear, and County Durham are all eligible to apply.

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

Reasons to enter

  • Celebrate quality, innovation and best practice within your business.
  • Recognise and celebrate your and the individuals that deliver amazing experiences for visitors.
  • Share best practice and join our industry at the awards to celebrate the best of the best
  • Champion innovation in tourism and inspire business excellence.
  • Be in with a chance to be recognised at a national level at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence.

See what previous entrants and winners have to say about the Awards.

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Eligibility Criteria and the Judging Process

The North East England Tourism Awards are open to all tourism businesses across Newcastle, Gateshead, Northumberland, Durham, Sunderland, South Tyneside and North Tyneside who meet the published criteria for the categories they are entering.

Destination North East England appoint a panel of experts with extensive experience and knowledge of the tourism industry to determine the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Highly Commended local winners for each category.

No matter where you are based in the country, your local application will be judged against national standards set by Visit England, with the same scoring criteria and judging guidance for all core categories.

To view the full category criteria, click here.

If you are unsure about your eligibility for any of our categories, please contact us at

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