The Visit England Awards for Excellence recognise businesses that incorporate best practice and demonstrate excellence in customer service throughout their operation and celebrate the very best in quality and innovation.
The Awards Ceremony is the climax of the whole VisitEngland Awards for Excellence competition, which has regional heats across the UK. The glittering evening, built entirely around the finalists, celebrates success and excellence and is a showcase for England’s fabulous tourism products. Above all, it provides finalists with a moment of well deserved glory which can be used to market, promote and further improve their businesses.
Sage Gateshead provided a stunning backdrop for the ceremony, which took place in a year that the destination will host the Rugby World Cup 2015. In acknowledgement of this, rugby stars from Aviva Premiership team, the Newcastle Falcons, made a guest appearance at the event.
NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau made sure that all delegates received a warm Geordie welcome, with students from Newcastle College creating a welcome committee to greet visitors at key points in the city. From arrival at Central Station to finding their way to hotels and venues, friendly faces donning event-branded rugby shirts were on hand to make the VisitEngland’s guests feel at home.
“I would like to take this opportunity to offer my sincere thanks to you, the rest of NGI’s team and the student volunteers who contributed to the VisitEngland Awards held at Sage.
“From coordinating the venue search applications for the area, through to organising great value accommodation and experiences for guests and the after party at the Hilton, your help has been invaluable. In addition, by orchestrating the appearance of the Newcastle Falcons rugby players along with the U8s team, we were able to provide a nod to the imminent Rugby World Cup through the evening.
“The event was a fantastic success and we were pleased to be able to involve the local community and provide a flavour of the North East for guests. I know that all of this took a great deal of organising and I would be grateful if you’d pass on our thanks to everyone involved.”
Siobhan Niven, Project Lead – VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015