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Old August 1st, 2017, 10:50 AM   #121
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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--

Master plan to improve visitor experience at Dove Cottage and Town End at Grasmere is unveiled



A MASTER plan funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund entitled Reimagining Wordsworth is being developed by the Wordsworth Trust, to improve the visitor experience at Dove Cottage and Town End.

Trust director Michael McGregor and curator Jeff Cowton gave a pre-planning presentation of the various options to Lakes Parish Council.

They include the sensitive conversion of some existing buildings including the tea room and bistro into a central point where newly arrived visitors can learn about Wordsworth. The tea room would be relocated to the present shop site, and the shop would move inside the museum.
Other proposals include a new, fully accessible sensory garden, the restoration and new planting of fruit trees in the old orchard and a new building on the site of an old wash house which once stood by Dove Cottage.

In common with other historic attractions, visitor numbers at Dove Cottage have dropped from 85,000 in the 1990s to 50,000.

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New winter campaign from Cumbria Tourism




New winter campaign from Cumbria Tourism

One of Cumbria Tourism's winter campaign materials.
1 August 2017 3:51PM

Industry body Cumbria Tourism is launching a new drive to bring visitors to the county over the winter months.

It will launch on November 1 and run until March next year, with the aim of supporting the industry through to the Easter holidays.

The aim of this is to showcase everything people can enjoy in the county in winter.

This comes after a similar campaign last year, which the body has found reached a combined audience of 25m, including a social media following of more than 18m.

The group is working with Cactus Creative, based in Kendal, on the visuals of the campaign, which will make use of the Lake District National Park's World Heritage Site status and build upon the success of its award-winning #theplacetobe campaign, which was launched last year.

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Plan to boost Cumbria's rural and visitor economies is published



A VISION for the growth in Cumbria's rural and visitor economies over the next five years has been published.

Cumbria's Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has published the sector priorities, which aim to ensure market growth in areas such as the food and drink sector and tourism excellence in outdoor activities, events, festivals, attractions and accommodation.

Rural economy growth priorities include; maintaining and enhancing the special qualities of Cumbria’s rural areas, capitalising on rural strengths, exploiting the Cumbrian brand, adding value to under-exploited rural resources, deepening existing rural supply chains/clusters, building a location for future businesses and exploiting major new project opportunities for local rural supply chains.

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Latest figures show continued tourist increases for NewcastleGateshead

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Latest figures show continued tourist increases for NewcastleGateshead
Jamie Hardesty 18 September 2017



Tourists visiting NewcastleGateshead last year injected £1.46bn into the local economy, an increase of 3% from 2015, according to new figures released today.

2016 saw a 3% increase in visitor numbers to NewcastleGateshead culminating in a total of 17.38 million, as tourism continues to be the North East’s fourth largest sector.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, commented on the impressive figures. “It is great news that the number of visitors has continued to increase, as the breadth and variety of what NewcastleGateshead has to offer also grows. This increase played an important part in the opening of over 40 new venues in NewcastleGateshead in 2016 including Live Works, Grey’s Quarter and the new Premier Inn set within the beautiful Art Deco Co-op building, alongside the hosting of major events such as Magic Weekend. These events and experiences alongside our ever-evolving food, drink and nightlife offering, which continues to deliver attractive new venues, combine to provide a desirable year-round offer for visitors to NewcastleGateshead. We can see evidence of this with over 5 million people coming through Newcastle Airport and The Port of Tyne in 2016, along with the number of hotel rooms sold increasing 5% alongside the growth in a new accommodation offer from Airbnb.”

Estimated using the Scarborough Tourism Economic Activity Model (STEAM), the figures show a significant increase in the value and volume of day visitors with 15.44 million injecting £994 million into the economy, all of which represents a 3% increase on 2015. The number of overnight stays in 2016 totalled 4.72 million nights, contributing £475m to the local economy. The tourism industry in NewcastleGateshead continues to be a significant employer with 14,622 people directly employed in 2016, when considering indirect employment in the supply chain this figure rises to 18,580, a 2% increase from 2015. Early figures for 2017 see a continuation of the upward trend with the number of rooms sold up by 4% and 977,000 people have already visited paid attractions (+2%).

Major events coming up in NewcastleGateshead that will attract even more visitors to the area include; Juice Festival, a festival for families and under-25s taking place during October half term and Freedom City 2017, a cultural programme commemorating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University.

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Old September 19th, 2017, 11:01 AM   #125
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New tourism leader looks forward to role



GOVERNMENT must listen to the voice of Cumbria when it comes to Brexit, the newly appointed leader of Cumbria Tourism has said.

Speaking to the Gazette, Gill Haigh, who is just days away from taking up her role as managing director of the organisation, said that Brexit was 'absolutely critical' for the county.

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Incredible: Heritage is directly contributing £976m to the region annually

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Incredible: Heritage is directly contributing £976m to the region annually
By Craig Thompson 21 September 2017


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The value of the North East’s past to its present prosperity is outlined in a report published on Thursday.

The study by Historic England, on behalf of the North East Historic Environment Forum, reveals that heritage directly contributed £976m to the region annually. The Heritage and the Economy 2017 report shows that in the North East:

• Heritage was worth £976.6m in Gross Value Added - the measure of the value of goods and services produced in an area, industry or sector of the economy
• 15,700 people are directly employed in heritage.
• Heritage tourism generated £564m in spending by domestic and international visitors
• Repair and maintenance of historic buildings directly generated £260m through the construction sector

The region’s history assets range from the Iron Age hillforts and prehistoric landscape of Northumberland and Roman forts to Anglo-Saxon churches, the castles and battlefields legacy of the Anglo-Scottish wars and the industrial heritage of the 18th and 19th Centuries.

Ian Ayris, chairman of the North East Historic Environment Forum, said: “Investing in heritage makes sound economic sense. The report shows the full value of heritage and its importance to the local economy. Heritage is a key driver of tourism and attracts people to live, work and invest in the region.”

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Old September 26th, 2017, 11:11 AM   #127
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Northumberland location among Britain’s prettiest fishing villages

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Northumberland location among Britain’s prettiest fishing villages
Ben O’Connell 26 September 2017


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Craster has been named as one of the 10 prettiest fishing villages in Britain by BBC Countryfile Magazine.

Naming the 10 most charming fishing villages across the country, the magazine has taken into account all the villages have to offer, including restaurants, boats, hotels, museums and harbours, as well as listing some important local history and recommending websites to visit for extra information.

Of Craster, the feature recommends visiting the remains of Dunstanburgh Castle, eating at the Jolly Fisherman and taking a fishing trip from the harbour.

Fergus Collins, editor of BBC Countryfile Magazine, said: “We are drawn to beautiful places that also have a deep sense of purpose and history – and this selection of bustling seaside hubs and harbours are the jewels in our coastal crown.”

The full list, in alphabetical order is: Beer, South Devon Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk Clovelly, North Devon Crail, Fife Craster, Northumberland Mousehole, Cornwall Plockton, Ross and Cromarty Porthgain, Pembrokeshire Portloe, Cornwall West Mersea, Essex Britain’s Prettiest Fishing Villages features in the October issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine, on sale now, priced £4.50.

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Old October 10th, 2017, 10:14 AM   #128
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Cumbrian tourism booms with Britain




Cumbrian tourism booms with Britain

9 October 2017 5:38PM

Cumbria is cashing in on a British tourism boom.

The latest figures from national agency VisitBritain/VisitEngland have shown a huge rise in the amount of money spent by tourists across the UK.

In Cumbria the numbers connected with the industry have also risen.

An extra £872m in visitor spending was generated across the UK in the last year, according to the figures published in the organisation's annual review for 2016-17.

From January to July this year there were 23.1m visits from overseas to the UK, up eight per cent on the same period last year with visitors spending £13.3bn, up nine per cent. This is forecast to rise to 39.7m this year, with spending also going up to £25.7bn.

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District’s most popular attractions in the running for tourism awards

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District’s most popular attractions in the running for tourism awards
12 October 2017



BUSINESSES across Tynedale are celebrating after picking up a string of nominations in the North East England Tourism Awards.

The shortlist for the ceremony, which will be held in Newcastle on November 16, was announced last week and includes a dozen of the district’s most popular visitor destinations.

Among them are the popular Barrasford Arms pub and the Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant at Wark, who secured a hat-trick of nominations each.

The team at Haydon Bridge-based Wild Dog Outdoors, South Tynedale Railway, Kirkley Hall, and the accommodation at Kielder Waterside, as well as the facilities at Kielder Water and Forest Park, are all given a name check in the 15 categories.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “The tourism sector continues to thrive in the North-East of England. It’s a credit to the region that five of our businesses went on to win at the VisitEngland Awards last year and we’re hopeful of further success this year.” The tourism awards play a key role in showcasing the range of tourism businesses and experiences the North-East has to offer visitors, and 53 applications from across the region made it onto this year’s shortlist.

All of the shortlisted applicants will also have the chance to enter the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2018 – which last year saw the Battlesteads pick up a gold award.

Shortlist for 2017

Hotel of the Year

· Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant

Boutique Guest Accommodation of the Year

· Barrasford Arms

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year

· Kielder Waterside

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

· South Tynedale Railway

· Kirkley Hall

· Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

· Kielder Water & Forest Park (KWFP)

Guided Tour of the Year

· Wild Dog Outdoors

Dog Friendly Business of the Year

· Battlesteads Hotel and Restaurant

· South Tynedale Railway

Tourism Pub of the Year

· Barrasford Arms

Taste of England Award

· Barrasford Arms

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£852m: The economic impact of tourism on Northumberland

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£852m: The economic impact of tourism on Northumberland
James Willoughby 26 October 2017


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New figures reveal that almost 10million people visited Northumberland in 2016, pumping £852million into the county’s economy.

On Tuesday, Northumberland Tourism publicised statistics from STEAM – The Economic Impact Report, which analyses the impact of tourism. And the figures for last year make happy reading, with visitor numbers, money spent in the county and the number of jobs in the industry all on the increase, compared to 2015.

The rise has been attributed to a range of factors, including the county’s ever-growing profile on both television and film, while last year’s North Sea Tall Ships Regatta, in Blyth, was a particular crowd-puller.

The STEAM figures show that 9.7million people visited the county in 2016, a rise of two per cent on 2015. The number of overnight visitors was 1.72million – up four per cent – while the number of day visitors was up two per cent, at eight million. The economic impact of tourism in the county was £852million, up three per cent. The average spend per trip by overnight visitors was £233.96, while the average spend per day visitor was £28.70. The statistics show that, in 2016, there were 11,785 jobs directly related to tourism – up two per cent.

Jude Leitch, director for Northumberland Tourism, welcomed the figures. She said: “We are really happy with the results and it shows that we are experiencing nice, steady growth, but not anything that we can’t handle.” Jude believes that Northumberland can continue to build on this – especially as it is promoting a year-round offering by highlighting the county’s stunning dark skies in the winter – and says more people are putting their trust in the tourism sector. She said: “One of the indicators to show how well things are going is private investment in tourism across the county. “There have been so many planning applications for holiday accommodation, including investment in camping, glamping and boutique hotels."“

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Encouraging news from an oft-neglected part of Cumbria.

From the Cumberland News

"Visitors fuel £310m boost for picturesque pocket of Cumbria

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Visitors ploughed nearly £310m into a district coffers, supporting more than 4,200 jobs.

But more needs to be done to improve transport if those figures are continue to grow and build a brighter financial future.

Those were among the stand-out issues from a conference which attracted pivotal players in the visitor industry.

The Eden Tourism Summit heard that 4.77 million visitors made their way to the district in 2016, generating £309.41m."


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Fourth tourism award for Beamish Museum



4:25pm 17th November 2017
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Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, is today celebrating being named Large Visitor Attraction of the Year for the fourth year running.

The museum was presented with the Gold Award at the North East England Tourism Awards 2017 ceremony in Newcastle last night.

Richard Evans, Beamish’s Director, said:

“We are really delighted to win the award for the fourth year in a row.

“It’s a real credit to all of our staff and volunteers at the museum for all of the hard work they do. I hope they are proud of the success they’ve achieved.”

The North East England Tourism Awards celebrate the region’s amazing attractions and tourism businesses.

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Northumberland named as one the top holiday destinations in the UK

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Northumberland named as one the top holiday destinations in the UK
30 Nov 2017



Northumberland County Council is celebrating after the county picked up a prestigious award at the 2017 British Travel Awards.

Northumberland received a Silver award for Best UK Holiday County/Region at the awards held in London on Wed (No 29).

It’s the fourth year in a row the county has claimed the silver award, beating off stiff competition from tourist favourite the Lake District. Once again holiday hotspot Cornwall was crowned the category winner.

The winners of the awards are chosen by a public vote, from consumers who have registered their interest to vote.

Coun Cath Homer, cabinet member of culture, arts, leisure and tourism, said: “This is a huge accolade for Northumberland. The fact that it is decided on the back of a public vote shows the love people have for our stunning county. To be up against, and beat, tourism stalwarts such as the Lake District shows just how far Northumberland has come as a tourist destination. As more people discover this once “hidden gem” the benefits to businesses and attractions in the county will continue to grow. As the council, we want to congratulate everyone involved in making our county officially one of the best holiday destinations in the UK. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to encourage more people to choose Northumberland for their next short break or holiday.”

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Newcastle is named world's number one in newly-published Rough Guide 2018

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Newcastle is named world's number one in newly-published Rough Guide 2018
By Barbara Hodgson 7 December 2017




Geordies already know it’s true but now it’s official: Newcastle ranks top in the world.

The Rough Guide 2018 has placed the city at number one in its newly-published list of the top “18 places that should be on your radar in 2018”. And, as we bask in the glory, it’s good to hear that it’s not just our past successes which swung the judges’ opinion but a celebration of the region that has yet to come.

The Great Exhibition of the North - which is to be a free showpiece event next summer - has been cited as a key reason to visit the city. Another reason is near neighbour Gateshead and the combination of assets have seen 2018 billed as “ Newcastle ’s time to shine”.

The guide describes the upcoming family-friendly Great Exhibition as a “two-month jamboree that will tell the story of Northern England and how its artists and innovators have helped shape the world we live in.” The city’s top placing has seen it beat countries from across the globe with the likes of Russia, Chile and New Orleans all ranking below the Geordie capital.

See the full Rough Guide list here .

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Three-way partnership brokered to promote North East overseas

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Three-way partnership brokered to promote North East overseas
Jamie Hardesty 8 December 2017



VisitBritain, Newcastle Airport and NewcastleGateshead Initiative have announced a partnership to promote the North East of England to overseas visitors.

The three-year partnership will focus on driving more visitors to explore the diverse culture and heritage of NewcastleGateshead and the surrounding areas.In year one, the initiative will target visitors from Germany, highlighting the direct flights from Berlin to Newcastle Airport, and profiling Great Exhibition of the North as a reason to travel in 2018.

The partnership is also working with local destination management organisations, Northumberland Tourism and Visit County Durham, and tourism colleagues at Sunderland City Council, North Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Council and the Tees Valley Combined Authority, to develop bookable itineraries showcasing the region’s varied tourism product.

VisitBritain Commercial Director Carol Dray said: “We are pleased to be working together to promote the North East to an international audience. Increasing regional connectivity not only makes it easier for visitors to see more of Britain, it boosts economic growth, further cementing tourism as one of the UK’s most valuable export industries.”

Chief Executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative Sarah Stewart said: “We’re delighted to have brokered this three-way partnership which will strengthen our ongoing work to inspire and attract visitors from key markets Importantly, our plans for initial campaign activity next spring will support work to promote the Great Exhibition of the North to international audiences and provide a really compelling reason to travel here in 2018. Collaborating with colleagues at Newcastle Airport and across the North East, the partnership will also support product development and provide greater profile for our regional tourism assets.”

Chief Executive at Newcastle International Airport Nick Jones said: “We are delighted to team up with VisitBritain and NGI, with the support of other partners, to help promote our fantastic region to overseas markets. A number of air routes that operate from Newcastle Airport have the potential to bring tourists in. By growing inbound numbers we will not only further strengthen the routes themselves, but also boost the North East economy.”

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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--

Two Cumbrian heritage attractions shortlisted for national awards



Two award-winning Cumbrian visitor attractions - Ullswater ‘Steamers’ and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway have been shortlisted in the British Coach Tourism Awards (BCTAs).

Ullswater ‘Steamers’ has been recognised in the River and Inland Cruise Operator category with the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway being successful in the Heritage Railway category.

The British Coach Tourism Awards recognise the very best coach tour operators in the business, along with the most coach-friendly attractions, destinations, hotels and suppliers.

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Plans to bring tourists to Consett town centre



A MASTERPLAN to revitalise Consett town centre is to be revised in the New Year with an increased focus on tourism.

Part of the work in improving the area will be to make it more attractive for visitors as well as people who live and shop there.

Derwent Valley Partnership is looking for input from residents as well as local businesses and organisations so progress can be made on a strategy.

Chairman Gary Scott said: “We’re supporting a wide range of projects aimed at creating a vibrant town centre and thriving local business community.

“It’s a long-term process, but we’re confident we can attract more visitors to Consett and have already made good progress in some areas.”

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Backbarrow museum in running to be UK's best classic car destination



ONE of Cumbria’s best-known visitor attractions is striving to be named as the UK’s best classic car destination.

Readers of Britain’s biggest-selling classic car magazine, Practical Classics, have already nominated the Lakeland Motor Museum as one of their 30 favourite places to take classic cars, alongside a variety of other museums, castles, tourism hotspots and memorable mountain roads around the country.

From today, members of the public now have just over four weeks to vote for their favourite locations and create the definitive top ten; this will then be revealed by the magazine later this Spring.

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This from the Westmorland Gazette,--

International visitors flocking to Lake District


TOURISM business is booming in the Lake District thanks to a weak pound and an increased number of international visitors.

A survey undertaken by Cumbria Tourism has shown that 84 per cent of Cumbrian tourism businesses have seen their overseas visitor numbers either level or up on 2016.

"This is largely due to the effect of the weak pound but also reflects the fact that iconic destinations like the Lake District have an enduring appeal to international audiences," said Helen Tate, research manager for Cumbria Tourism.

"The accolade of double world heritage site status further underlines our world class credentials. New flights into Northern England from China, the USA and Europe are also helping increase visitor numbers from other parts of the globe, and the development of Carlisle Airport opens up even more new possibilities for 2018."

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Toft Hill farm camping site gets go ahead as welcome addition to tourism industry



A NEW camping site providing holiday accommodation is set to go ahead at a farm.

The diversification scheme at High Farm, Toft Hill, near Bishop Auckland, was given unanimous approval by members of Durham County Council’s county planning committee.

The site, which is accessed from Toft Hill Lane and is close to the A68, will include seven safari-style Tsavo tents, 20 camping pods and 12 camping pitches, as well as an amenities block.

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