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Old June 18th, 2014, 02:59 PM   #41
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Sarah Stewart: Why Newcastle needs all these new hotels

Jun 18, 2014 12:35 By Sarah Stewart



There is real investor confidence in NewcastleGateshead at present, evident in new and improved retail offering such as the redevelopment of Monument Mall in Newcastle and Trinity Square in Gateshead, and demonstrated by the growth in hotel accommodation – with the very latest investments, including Motel One , charted in the Journal this week.

Since 2007, 12 new hotels have opened across Newcastle and Gateshead, delivering 1,228 more hotel rooms. During the same period, hotel occupancy – or the number of rooms filled – has remained strong, averaging at 73% compared to the national average of 69%. These figures demonstrate that despite a plethora of new accommodation demand from business and leisure visitors has continued to grow.

We also know that when major events take place here, such as the Great North Run, demand for hotel rooms really spikes. Just last month, the combination of CBBC Live on Gateshead Quays and Kings of Leon at St James’ Park filled 91% of all hotel rooms across NewcastleGateshead (from 29 - 31 May) – which is good news indeed for tourism businesses and the destination as a whole.

We market the destination to both domestic and international leisure and business visitors, with the primary purpose of delivering economic growth for the area.

The burgeoning hotel sector and robust occupancy levels are key indicators, demonstrating the strength of the tourism industry which is now worth an estimated £1.3bn to NewcastleGateshead and supports more than 18,000 jobs. Annually we welcome 1.9 million overnight visitors, staying a total of 4.3 million nights. Whatever the reason for a trip here, these visitors demand both choice and quality.

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Northumberland and Durham vying for national tourism prize

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Northumberland and Durham vying for national tourism prize
Jul 10, 2014 17:00 By The Journal


People walking at Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland

Northumberland and County Durham will fight it out after both being nominated for a top tourism award. The North East counties are both nominated - along with Lancashire and Devon - in the British Travel Awards as thee contenders for the Best UK Holiday County/Destination 2014.

Tourism group Visit Northumberland is now calling on people to vote for it at www.vote4northumberland.com . The winner will be the area with the most votes.

Among those who have backed the county is crime author Ann Cleeves, whose novels inspired the TV series Vera. She said: “The Vera of my books captures the spirit of Northumberland. She’s rugged, individual, but worth getting to know. However, the county is much more beautiful.”

Jude Leitch, general manager at Northumberland Tourism said: “Northumberland is an independent spirit, so many people love the county for very different and unique reasons. We deserve to be named UK’s best holiday destination and want people to share their spirit for the county and urge as many people as possible vote for us in these awards. By sharing the link to the voting site and displaying the Share the Northumberland Spirit campaign badge on everything they can, we hope to both walk away with the UK’s best destination award in the autumn and share the spirit of Northumberland’s heritage, space, people and culture in the process.”

Meanwhile Melanie Sensicle, chief executive of Visit County Durham, said: “We are thrilled that Durham has been recognised in the British Travel Awards 2014. There are many reasons why the county is a strong contender from the heritage of Durham Cathedral, one of the UK’s favourite landmarks, and Beamish – The Living Museum of the North, to the beauty of the Durham Dales and the Durham Coast. There is no denying the competition is tough but success in a public vote like this inspires confidence in a destination which will in turn encourage visitors to try something new.”
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Carlisle deserves a mention, as it is the only city in Cumbria.
Carlisle is easily accessible by train and motorway and has attractions like Carlisle Castle and The Lanes Shopping Centre, as well as being close to the Lakes and Gretna Green. Also it boasts a reasonable racecourse which has attracted groups like Madness and has a league football team( admittedly not very good).
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Taken from Shields Gazette.





THE seaside tourism industry supports 1,800 jobs in South Shields, according to a new study by academics.


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Looks like they'll have to tighten their belts judging by that picture?

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Old July 27th, 2014, 10:25 AM   #45
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Famous names back the North East in push for £1m showcase at Heathrow

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Famous names back the North East in push for £1m showcase at Heathrow
Jul 26, 2014 16:00 By Joanne Butcher



Famous names from across the North are backing a campaign to showcase the region to the world.

Heathrow - the UK’s busiest airport - is offering one UK region £1m-worth of free advertising, which could be seen by an average of 191,200 travellers from around the globe every day. The North East’s bid for the prize money saw the region gain more than twice the votes of all the other three regions combined in the first two days. But now other areas - including the North West - are catching up and celebrities, sports stars and MPs have called on everyone to vote.

Maximo Park backed the North East’s campaign on Twitter. The Newcastle-based band, whose lead singer Paul Smith was born in Billingham, Teesside, re-tweeted the appeal to their 31,000 followers.

Olympian Jonathan Edwards, who lives in Newcastle, Cramlington Paralympian Stephen Miller and Durham County Cricket Club player Graeme Onions have also supported the push, as did Newcastle MPs Chi Onwurah and Catherine McKinnell. Catherine, who represents Newcastle North for Labour, said: “Please vote to showcase beauty of the North East to @HeathrowAirport passengers.”

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, which markets the area on a national and international stage, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the region’s support in helping the North East steam ahead to take an early lead in this competition. But we need more people to get behind the campaign to help us maintain that lead over the next week. Such high profile advertising can really help to change perceptions and put the region on the map and would add significant value to the work that we, and colleagues across the region, do to attract visitors here. Tourism is a valuable part of the regional economy, worth around £4.2bn annually. This competition enables everyone in the region to champion and celebrate the North East – and, should we win, will help to boost visitor numbers and maximise economic benefits for the area. Now’s the time to really make ourselves heard as a region and secure this fantastic opportunity.”

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Old August 1st, 2014, 07:15 PM   #46
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Northumberland attractions win awards for 'silver tourism'

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Northumberland attractions win awards for 'silver tourism'

Aug 01, 2014 16:00 By The Journal



Mature travellers have given the thumbs up to seven North East attractions.

A study carried out by a travel review and advice site for older and less able travellers voted Alnwick Garden, the Laing Art Gallery, the Newbiggin Maritime Museum, Woodhorn Museum, and Howick, Belsay and Wallington Halls as top in the region. They praised the sites for catering for those who struggle to get about easily, whether through age or disability.

Jude Leitch, general manager of Northumberland Tourism said the county is making a big effort to make sure everyone can enjoy its attractions. It is fantastic that Northumberland attractions are getting recognition for the effort they put in to making sure the county is accessible for all,” she said. We at Northumberland Tourism are making changes to our 2015 publications to ensure that attractions and accommodation providers who are accessible are highlighted, and are about to start work on an EU funded project with VisitEngland to help more businesses improve their accessibility.”

Users of the Silver Travel Advisor website particularly praised Alnwick Gardens’ level site, disabled parking, clear information, free motility scooter hire, concessions for older guests and free entry for carers.

The Laing was also singled out, with praise for its lift access to all floors, freely available seating, talking audio guides and listening posts, hearing induction loops, and gallery plans in braille and large print.

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Old August 3rd, 2014, 07:43 PM   #47
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I am not sure if it's relevant but the North East is in the running to win a million pounds worth of advertising by Visit Britain at Heathrow Airport. We were winning but yesterday Northern Ireland Surged ahead and now have more votes than the North East.

All you need to do is like the picture of Hadrians Wall on the Facebook page of Heathrow Airport to register your vote, there is about 410 votes between us at the moment.

http://tinyurl.com/padbzm7

It would be great if you could all like the photo and help the North East.
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Further to posts 42, 45 and 47 (above) lets make one last push, go to the below Facebook Page and click "Like" . . .

https://www.facebook.com/HeathrowAirport
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Further to posts 42, 45 and 47 (above) lets make one last push, go to the below Facebook Page and click "Like" . . .

https://www.facebook.com/HeathrowAirport

I've just had a look and we appear to be back in the lead.



Still worth a visit to the site though, to try to make sure.

It is a very useful cause, beneficial to our region, I think.

(See a few posts up from here)
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I have just had a look on the Heathrow Airport Website, and they clearly state that the competition closed at 23.59 Hrs, yesterday (4th August 2014).

it is now (as I write this) 25 minutes past midnight, so the competition has been closed for 26 minutes, so NO MORE "likes" should register.

The scores, as I have just seen them, are . . .

Midlands - 1,115 Likes
North West - 1,173 Likes
Northern Ireland - 19,071 Likes
North East - 19,223 Likes

So, we W O N



The Heathrow Airport Website doesn't actually "say that" yet, but those are the totals and the competition closing time has passed, so we HAVE WON

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You did it . . . North East Facebook voters win the region a
£1m 'Visit Britain' ad campaign at Heathrow Airport.

By Michael Brown, The Journal, August 5th 2014


The Roman Wall (Hadrian's Wall) across Northumberland

The North East will be advertised to the world - after a last minute rush saw it pip Northern Ireland to a £1m prize. Heathrow Airport, which has more than 72m passengers-a-year, were offering a huge ad campaign across its terminals, but it was only in the closing minutes that the North East pulled ahead in the battle to get more Facebook “likes” on its photo of Hadrian’s Wall.

“So grateful to the 19,082 passionate, great North East people who voted for the region on the Heathrow Facebook page to win a £1m Visit Britain ad campaign,” said North East Chamber of Commerce chief executive James Ramsbotham. “Thanks to everyone who voted. Almost a photo finish but together we did it,” a spokesman for Gateshead Council added, after the region took the lead with just four minutes of the competition to go.

As the clock struck midnight and the North East, with 19,082 votes, led Norther Ireland, with 18,983, the North West, with 1,798 and the Midlands, with 1,134, many took to social media to share their joy. “We have won! Well done everyone who voted! Well done North East!” tweeted Newcastle International Airport. Sarah Stewart, chief executive at the NewcastleGateshead Initiative, explained the importance of having this ad campaign, saying, "It provides a fantastic opportunity for the North East to secure national and international profile,”.


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Number of overseas visitors to the North East at a five year high

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Number of overseas visitors to the North East at a five year high

Aug 22, 2014 19:04 By Kate Proctor


The filming of Harry Potter at Alnwick Castle

Beaches, live music and a little touch of magic have helped the number of overseas visitors to the North East soar.

Holiday makers coming from abroad to the region increased by 22% last year and visitor numbers are at their highest since 2008. It is estimated that foreign guests bring in £26m to the local economy each year.

Alnwick Castle in Northumberland which doubled as Hogwarts School in the Harry Potter films has continued to be a major draw while music events and football games have also brought people to the region.

Patricia Yates, Director of Strategy and Communication at VisitBritain said: “These numbers demonstrate the North East’s growing appeal to international visitors and inbound tourism’s economic delivery to the region. VisitBritain works closely with destination management organisations like NewcastleGateshead Initiative to encourage visitors to explore different parts of the country and enjoy the range of experiences and activities on offer.”

The North East welcomed 66,000 holiday visits during the months of July, August and September in 2013 - the highest amount since the 2008 record of 78,000 visits. This increase represents a faster rate of growth than summer holiday visits to Scotland (16%), Wales (12%) and the North West (8%).

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Beautiful North East showcased at Heathrow Airport after winning advertising campaign

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Beautiful North East showcased at Heathrow Airport after winning advertising campaign
Sep 08, 2014 06:30 By Michael Marsh



Stunning images showcasing the North East in all its glory have gone up in one of the world’s busiest airports.

The region triumphed in a competition against other parts of the country to win a £1m advertising campaign in London’s Heathrow Airport. The region beat off competition from the North West, Northern Ireland and the Midlands thanks to the public’s help in a competition resulting in 40,000 votes. Readers were encouraged to go to the Heathrow Facebook page to vote for the North East and put it on the map.

For three months, millions of holidaymakers will see the VisitBritain adverts on digital screens across terminals as tourism bosses hope to boost visitor numbers to the area. The five promotional images for the North East show the Newcastle Quayside, Bamburgh Castle, Durham Cathedral, Hadrian’s Wall and the Angel of the North.

James Ramsbotham, chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, said: “The iconic images that have been selected showcase the North East at its beautiful best. We were delighted to all play our part in this successful competition and grateful to Heathrow and VisitBritain for providing a national platform to celebrate all that is great about our glorious region. What we are saying now is come and see the North East for yourself; whether you are an investor or a visitor and you will be more than pleasantly surprised.”

The pictures will be put up in the airport’s terminals today, Monday. John Holland Kaye, Heathrow’s CEO said: “We were gripped by the YourGreatBritain competition and the head to head finish was particularly exciting. It was fantastic to see the passion of the people of the North East and how they really got behind the competition, resulting in over 19,000 votes for the breath taking image of Hadrian’s Wall. In total over 40,000 votes were received for all four regions so the North East should be delighted with these stunning images that will feature across the UK’s only hub airport for the next three months. Heathrow is the gateway to Britain and sees around 73 million passengers a year travel through the airport. With seven flights a day from Heathrow to Newcastle we hope the images will inspire passengers to explore the beautiful North East during their visit to the UK.”

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Five stunning images showcasing the North East of England in all its glory have gone up in one of the world’s busiest airports. The region triumphed in a competition against other parts of the country to win a £1m advertising campaign in London’s Heathrow Airport. For three months, millions of holidaymakers will see the 5 VisitBritain adverts on digital screens across terminals as tourism bosses hope to boost visitor numbers to the area. The five promotional images for the North East show the Newcastle Quayside, Bamburgh Castle, Durham Cathedral, Hadrian’s Wall and the Angel of the North.

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North East tourism: European funding 'desperately needed' to help growth in 2015

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North East tourism: European funding 'desperately needed' to help growth in 2015
Oct 24, 2014 16:27 By Rachel Wearmouth


NGI chief executive Sarah Stewart

North East tourism attractions are missing out on “desperately-needed” European funding that could create jobs and growth, industry leaders have warned the Government.

The Northern Tourism Alliance fears the European Commission will continue to overlook projects and attractions will fail to capitalise on opportunities as a result.

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid must now show “strong direction”, the alliance says, so that success stories like County Durham’s Beamish Museum - which recorded a 20% hike in visitor numbers in 2014 - is rewarded with the cash to help it grow in 2015.

The alliance, which brings together local authorities, tourism agencies and businesses, sounded the alarm in its response to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee, which is carrying out an inquiry into tourism across the UK.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, said: “The visitor economy plays an important role in the North East’s ongoing economic growth; that its value and positive impact locally is recognised by the Government is critical.

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South Tyneside could scoop two top tourism prizes

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South Tyneside could scoop two top tourism prizes
25th October 2014



SOUTH Tyneside is in line to scoop two top tourism prizes.

Zeera restaurant in Ocean Road, South Shields, has been shortlisted for the Taste of England Award in the North East England Tourism Awards 2014. Also in the running for recognition is South Tyneside Council with the South Tyneside Summer Festival shortlisted for the Tourism Event of the Year accolade.

Bosses at Zeera, an Indian restaurant, are hoping to take home the top prize from a glitzy ceremony to be held at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light next month. The restaurant opened in December 2007 after brothers Shahanoor, Kohinoor and Abadur Choudhury decided to open their own place. Zeera quickly became a favourite for curry lovers and head chef Kohinoor went on to win South Tyneside Chef of the Year twice in 2009 and 2011 and North East Curry Chef of the Year 2012. Zeera director and former Bangla Achievement Awards Entrepreneur of the Year, Shahanoor, said: “We have worked for over 10 years in restaurants on Ocean Road and always thought that one day we would open our own place and run it the way we wanted. It was a big step but it has all been worth it and to gain recognition in the North East Tourism Awards is amazing for us. I would like to thank all the staff and all of our customers.”

This year’s South Tyneside Summer Festival saw thousands flock to the borough to enjoy free concerts from the likes of Shayne Ward, Heather Small and 10cc, and other events.

Coun Alan Kerr, deputy leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for culture and leisure, said: “We are delighted that our Summer Festival has been shortlisted for such a prestigious award. The festival is a key feature in our annual events programme and boosts tourism which is worth more than £200m to the local economy.

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North East toasts strongest tourism figures since onset of 2008 recession

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North East toasts strongest tourism figures since onset of 2008 recession
Oct 30, 2014 06:30 By Rachel Wearmouth


NGI chief executive Sarah Stewart

A tourism boom in the North East sees the industry toast the strongest visitor figures since the onset of the 2008 recession today.

The first six months of 2014 saw the highest number of visitors for five years, with overseas tourists spending £88m in the region. Visit England’s data shows the industry returning to pre-economic crisis health and the news just days after Newcastle International Airport announced it would operate a route to New York.

The figures reveal how the North East welcomed 222,000 visitors from abroad between January and June, showing an uplift of 25% on the same six months of 2013. Spending also rose by 25% over the same period with people from Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands the most likely to visit.

Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive of the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative, said: “It’s great to see such fantastic results, which are supported by our own data showing that overnight stays in Newcastle and Gateshead have increased for the same period of time, with room occupancy standing at 74% (+4% year on year). She added: “It’s encouraging to see the countries that we actively target - Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands - are amongst the top five for inbound visitor numbers to the North East; this suggests that our activity is delivering positive results.

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Gateshead Council to slash funding for the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative

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Gateshead Council to slash funding for the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative
Nov 03, 2014 19:27 By Rachel Wearmouth

A council’s funding to a tourism marketing group is set to be slashed just days after the region celebrated the strongest visitor figures since the onset of the 2008 recession.

Cash-strapped Gateshead Council is looking to cut the £276,700 it gives to the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative (NGI). It would mean the council no longer helps fund work to drum up inward investment at NGI. It comes as tourists spent £88m in the region in the first six months of 2014 and NGI, which helps to market the area, is poised to help businesses and councils capitalise on growth.

NGI and the North East Chamber of Commerce have said they are “disappointed” by the proposed move but Blaydon MP Dave Anderson lays the blame squarely at the foot of the Government for cutting council grants. He said: “This news is very concerning but not unsurprising. When you consider that this coalition has stolen £300 out of the pockets and purses of everyone in Gateshead it obvious that something has to give. This is currently just an option for a hard-pressed council that is left with little choice. It is nauseating that the government is telling us that we should all praise its long term economic plan while the impact on the ground is going to be of huge detriment to one of our greatest growth assets in the North East.”

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Record number of North Easterners visiting heritage sites

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Record number of North Easterners visiting heritage sites
Nov 14, 2014 12:00 By Tony Henderson


The Lindisfarne Gospels at Durham

The value of the North East’s heritage assets to the region and its people is underlined in a new report.

A record 79% of people in the North East have visited a heritage site in the past year, the Heritage Counts 2014 shows. And the North East is also the only place to have seen a significant increase in heritage participation, according to the report from English Heritage on behalf of leading heritage organisations, represented by the Historic Environment Forum.

The report says that the region’s heritage has a positive impact on health and wellbeing and also supports an estimated 7,345 jobs in the North East.

One of the biggest heritage draws for the region in recent years was the display of the Lindisfarne Gospels at Durham’s Palace Green. The story of the Lindisfarne gospels and their journey is strongly interwoven with the landscape, history and people of the North East, and last year saw the Lindisfarne gospels on display for three months, on loan from the British library, which attracted 100,000 people from 58 different countries of origin.

Together with a region-wide festival, the exhibition helped to generate an economic impact estimated at £8.3m. The event has also helped to raise the profile of Durham and the North East through media coverage seen by millions of people. The Heritage Counts report also said that heritage-led regeneration plays a key role in economic development, creating special places in which to live, work and visit. The historic environment was shown as a key factor in decisions on business location – ranked alongside road access in levels of importance.

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The guardian readers best UK City 2014 is...Newcastle upon Tyne!
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/20...es-restaurants
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