Three of our own make the shortlist to find the best of the tourism industry

Northumberland Cheese Company, which is going for a Taste of England award.
Northumberland Cheese Company, which is going for a Taste of England award.
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Business in Northumberland are going for gold as the shortlist is announced for the North East England Tourism Awards.

A total of 85 applications were submitted for the region’s ‘tourism Oscars’, with 52 making the shortlist for the chance to claim gold, silver, bronze and highly commended certificates.

Vying for the Caravan Holiday Park title is Golden Sands in Cresswell, while Matfen Hall is in for the Large Hotel award, and the Northumberland Cheese Company, based at Blagdon, is up for the Taste of England gong.

If the businesses win their categories at the North East event they will have the chance to compete nationally at VisitEngland’s Excellence Awards.

The NewcastleGateshead Initiative is delivering the awards on behalf of the Northern Tourism Alliance.

Chief Executive Sarah Stewart said: “The North East England Tourism Awards are an important platform, recognising the quality and innovation that ensures our tourism offer remains one of the strongest in the country. Congratulations to all those shortlisted, and good luck.”

Judges have visited all the businesses to decide the top honours. The awards will be presented at the Stadium of Light on November 11.