Three north Northumberland businesses have been shortlisted for this year’s North East England Tourism Awards.
Doxford Hall Hotel and Spa, near Ellingham, Seafield Caravan Park in Seahouses and St Cuthbert’s B&B in North Sunderland make the shortlist.
Mark Booth, general manager of Doxford Hall, said: “We are delighted to be shortlisted in the category of Small Hotel of the Year, as it means that we are recognised at the highest level, within our own industry.
“All of the staff at Doxford Hall strive for excellence in all areas, and awards such as these acknowledges their commitment.
“The north east has some fantastic tourism organisations and I know that the North East England Tourism Awards help to promote both the region and individual businesses to national audiences, which can only be good for our economy.”
Doxford is up against Wynyard Hall and Seaham Hall, Seafield takes on Leaplish at Kielder and Bobby Shaftoe in County Durham, and St Cuthbert’s faces competition from Carraw Bed & Breakfast (Northumberland), Martineau Guest House, Tynemouth and Dowfold House Bed & Breakfast (County Durham).
The awards ceremony will take place on November 21 at St James’ Park and will again be hosted by BBC Look North Presenter, Carol Malia.
Sarah Stewart, chief executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “This year’s tourism awards are set to be bigger and better. It’s fantastic to see that even more tourism business have entered in 2013.
“The North East England Tourism Awards are an important platform. They create a spotlight for the industry to shine and give businesses the opportunity to celebrate their innovation, quality and performance.”
Councillor Val Tyler from Northumberland County Council, said: “It is good to see so many Northumberland businesses have been shortlisted, which is testament to the strength and quality of the tourism industry in the county.”