It was an awards ceremony with a difference as the results were revealed via an online ceremony from the region’s eagerly awaited North East Tourism Awards.
Bamburgh Castle was delighted to take to the virtual podium with a Bronze award in the Large Visitor Attraction category amid stiff competition at the prestigious awards which celebrate the best attractions, hotels, pubs, experiences, bed and breakfasts and visitor services across the North East of England.
Visitor Services manager Will Douglas said: “We are delighted that Bamburgh was recognised at the awards, which are a true showcase for exceptional tourism operators and businesses. Going head to head with some of the best attractions in the country was nail biting and we are really pleased to be a Bronze winner.. Bamburgh Castle is so well-loved by people across the world, yet behind it all is a small and dedicated team. It means so much to us to be recognised in this way. On behalf of the Armstrong family and myself I’d like to thank all of our team for their hard work and dedication which has helped us to take this award. We’ll be going all out for gold next year!
“We were expecting to go to the awards in our black tie dress and be celebrating with our tourism partner friends from across the region, so it was all a little surreal to be watching the results come up in front of the computer instead. We’d like to say a big thank you to the event organisers and judges for pulling out all the stops to deliver a virtual ceremony that brought us all together digitally which was uplifting in these difficult times. .
“Congratulations to all the winners and finalists – together we do the North East proud!”
“We’re looking forward to celebrating with our visitors just as soon as we safely can and showing them why Bamburgh really is among the best the region has to offer and of course to next year’s awards when we have even more exciting developments and improvements.”
Sarah Green, Chief Executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, who organise the awards, said: “A huge congratulations to this year’s winners and all those who continue to contribute so much to the North East tourism sector. Covid-19 is having a devastating impact on the sector but these awards demonstrate the quality of the North East tourism offer and give us confidence that once the current situation eases the region will be in a strong place to benefit from a predicted upturn in domestic and day tourism.
“Along with our colleagues in tourism organisations across the North East, we will continue to invest in marketing, with a strong digital and media presence, to ensure that tourists are aware of our fantastic region and have us front of mind when planning for future visits.”