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Old November 28th, 2015, 12:17 PM   #81
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Kielder bags two gold awards in tourism oscars

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Kielder bags two gold awards in tourism oscars
November 27, 2015 at 11:37AM



In a lavish ceremony held in Newcastle Civic Centre’s banqueting hall on Tuesday, the greats of North-East tourism were congratulated on their exceptional contribution to the region’s visitor economy.

Among the winners in 15 categories were Leaplish Waterside Park, on Kielder Water, and Kielder Observatory.

Leaplish Waterside Park won the title of holiday park/holiday village of the year with Slaley’s Springhouse Country Park taking bronze in the same category. Kielder Observatory came up trumps in the small visitor attraction of the year category.

The Angel of Corbridge scooped silver for the tourism pub of the year and the Calvert Trust Kielder was highly commended for both access for all tourism and self-catering provider of the year. These was a silver award for the Hesleyside Huts venture at Hesleyside Hall at Bellingham, and in the sustainable tourism sector, there was a highly commended award for the Slate and Nature studio at West Woodburn. Also highly commended in the tourism event of the year category was Northumberland County Show, which took place at Bywell.

Northumbrian Water’s head of leisure, strategy and transformation, David Hall, said: “We are thrilled that Leaplish Waterside Park has been awarded gold for the holiday park/ holiday village of the year. The awards are a fantastic opportunity for businesses to showcase their product and provide a focus for improvement in quality for visitors to the North-East.”

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In 100 years when Kielder is deciduous it will be the most beautiful place in the UK.
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£400k investment to safeguard future of Hadrian’s Wall

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£400k investment to safeguard future of Hadrian’s Wall
Jamie Hardesty 16 May 2016


Hadrian’s Wall Connect Launch

Hadrian’s Wall is set to continue to play an important role in the North East’s cultural heritage and tourist offering following a £400k government investment.

Backing the Hadrian’s Wall Connect Project, the money will be used to make it easier for visitors to access the site, in turn boosting tourism numbers throughout the rest of the year and beyond.

The Connect Projects being delivered through the Hadrian’s Wall Marketing Partnership which includes Northumberland County Council, Carlisle City Council, Northumberland National Park Authority, Northumberland Tourism, Cumbria Tourism, NewcastleGateshead Initiative and English Heritage. The organisations have been working together to develop transport links and enrich business and tourist information along the corridor of Hadrian’s Wall.

The £400k grant led by VisitEngland has helped to secure the popular Go North East AD122 bus service for a further four years and will also see the introduction of ‘Hadrian’s Wall Welcome Hubs’ at key visitor locations including Carlisle, Haltwhistle and Hexham railway stations. The Hubs will provide visitors with direction at key points and improve access and information about some of the lesser known sites on Hadrian’s Wall such as the Epiacum Roman Fort at Alston and the Senhouse Roman Museum in Maryport.

Councillor Val Tyler, Policy Board Member for Community Infrastructure and Culture at Northumberland County Council, said: “Northumberland is a proud county with a proud history. Hadrian’s Wall marked the northern boundary of the Roman Empire for nearly 400 years and we take our duty to protect it, manage it and educate people about the monument very seriously. The Wall draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the North of England every year and we owe it to businesses and service providers to ensure that the infrastructure is in place to enable visitors to access our key attractions. I would like to thank VisitEngland for their funding and I am delighted that we have been able to deliver some big improvements in a short time scale.“

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Former Hexham Tourist Information Office

Its a shame that the former Tourist Information Centre (TIC) in the Wentworth Car park, Hexham remains empty despite it having been on the market for over a year. The TIC is now to be found in Hexham Library at Queens Hall.

Lambert Smith Hampton has the building up for sale or lease @ http://www.lsh.co.uk/commercial-prop...497?currency=1

These images of the empty building taken 9th August 2016.




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How to enter the North East England Tourism Awards, with the deadline looming

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How to enter the North East England Tourism Awards, with the deadline looming
1 Sep 2016 By Michael Muncaster



The deadline is looming for businesses to enter the North East England Tourism Awards.

The event recognises companies which provide outstanding service for visitors coming to the region. This year sees the introduction of three new categories; the Guided Tour of the Year, Self Catering Property of the Year and the Dog Friendly Business category. The best visitor attractions, holiday parks, pubs and hotels will also be crowned in their respective categories at the ceremony.

Businesses have until 4pm on Friday, September 9 to enter and the winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 22 at Newcastle Civic Centre.

Sarah Stewart, chief executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “Tourism is vital to the health of the North East economy. Visitors contribute an estimated £4bn annually with tourism businesses supporting 54,000 jobs in the region. The awards provide a platform to promote and celebrate the outstanding achievements of the industry and I encourage businesses to take the opportunity to celebrate all they have accomplished.”

The awards, which are free to enter, are organised by marketing agency NewcastleGateshead Initiative, the Northern Tourism Alliance and local authorities across the region. Applications to enter the North East England Tourism Awards can be downloaded from www.northeasttourismawards.com

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Old September 5th, 2016, 05:28 PM   #86
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Calls to bring back Newcastle tourist information centre amid fears visitors are avoiding the city

The folly of closing the Visitor Information Centre in Newcastle was previously discussed on the forum and its good to see that voices are being raised again in the press.

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Calls to bring back Newcastle tourist information centre amid fears visitors are avoiding the city
5 Sep 2016 By Simon Meechan


General View of the Tourist Information Centre, Central Arcade, Newcastle

Newcastle’s lack of tourist information centre has been called into question amid fears it could put off visitors.

Former city council leader and Liberal Democrat councillor, David Faulkner, will ask the city council to consider creating a new hub in the Laing Art Gallery after reading critical comments from those spending time on Tyneside. Coun Faulkner will put a motion before Wednesday’s full meeting of Newcastle City Council, suggesting the authority uses private sponsorship to help pay for it. Coun Faulkner’s motion asks “cabinet to review and reconsider the situation, including the possibility of establishing a centre in the Laing Art Gallery where there is already a shop facility and on-site staff, if necessary with private sector sponsorship”.

The last centre, in Market Street, shut in 2015 due to budget cuts. Another in Grainger Street closed in 2006, according to Newcastle City Council.

And tourists have criticised the city on the TripAdvisor website for not doing enough to help visitors. One user wrote: “It is beggars belief that a tourist can arrive in Newcastle upon Tyne and is unable to obtain information on local city attractions. We had to rely on assistance from our hotel receptionist and the limited brochures available. In the city, we followed the street signage where possible but we were really unable to plan our days. The decision to close the centre, with the loss of six jobs, was included in the 2015/2016 city budget. Strange decision as the city has an international airport and a cruiseline terminal.”

Another said: “Before our trip to Newcastle I had noted down the location of this information office and another one in Gateshead, and obviously because of the location in the centre we chose to go to this one. Only when we got there we found out that it is closed, completely empty and there is only a sign on the window saying that it has been closed and moved to the library. Next to it there is a big map of the centre...but no sign of where the library is. When we finally found it, there are a couple of shelves with leaflets about attractions and walks around the city, but no one to ask. It really gave us the impression that the city doesn’t care much about tourists.”

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Best autumn walks: Gateshead woods in national top 10

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Best autumn walks: Gateshead woods in national top 10
20 Sep 2016 By Lesley Oldfield


The Woodland Trust have picked Hedley Hall as one of the best places to enjoy an autumn walk nationwide

The Woodland Trust has picked a Gateshead wood as one of its top 10 nationwide for autumn colour - but where is your favourite?

Hedley Hall at Sunniside is not the most famous woodland in the area, but has made the charity’s 2016 top picks and is sited close to a number of other woods featured on their website.

The Woodland Trust conservation charity owns over 1,000 woods across the UK, which can provide a free day out for all ages. In autumn little ones can enjoy collecting as many different coloured leaves as they can find - or even competing to find them. Older ramblers can soak in the colours and kick up leaves on a hike or leisurely stroll.

Hedley Hall, Sunniside, Gateshead
With ancient and new woodland, a wildflower meadow, peat bog, glade and sculpture trail, the Trust say there is plenty to see and do at Hedley Hall. Enjoy a variety of landscapes and habitats, explore ancient woodland and its wildlife, and look for wooden sculptures designed by environmental artist and sculptor, Keith Barrett. One of the gems of Hedley Hall is Ridley Gill, a 9-hectare (22-acre) ancient woodland and designated Site of Specific Scientific Interest. The Woodland Trust has planted 46 hectares (115 acres) of native broadleaf trees to buffer and protect existing woodland, and has restored the peat bog by breaking up land drains. A ‘forest of flowers’ adds to the biodiversity of the site.

There are many paths, rides and open spaces, which can be muddy in places, and a number of information boards are dotted around the site to help you navigate around. Two public footpaths run through and alongside the wood, including the Tyne-Wear Trail. Hedley Hall lies 8.6 miles south of Newcastle, next to the A6076. The car park is at the main entrance, off Hedley Lane. You can enter the wood from either the car park or the public footpath further east along the lane. Another public footpath leads down to Hedley Hall Farm, and into the site.

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Northumberland's tourism industry is booming - and why shouldn't it be?

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Northumberland's tourism industry is booming - and why shouldn't it be?
25 Sep 2016 By Michael Muncaster


Thousands of spectators line the seafront and beach to watch the North Sea Tall Ships Parade of Sail on August 29, 2016 in Blyth

Millions of pounds was pumped into the economy as tourists flocked to Northumberland.

Northumberland Tourism says 2015 was a bumper year with visitors to the North East getting the tills jingling. Research into the economic impact of tourism found 9.5 million people visited the county last year, an increase of 3% from the previous year. And it resulted in £816m being generated for the local economy, which helped support more than 11,500 jobs directly.

Northumberland Tourism chairman David Hall said: “Tourism is critical to Northumberland’s economic future. “It is the county’s second largest employer with jobs growing at a rate of 18% over the last five years.It helps provide quality jobs, raise the profile of our county, help make it an attractive place to invest, live and work and also help protect our landscapes, culture and way of life.”

Northumberland Tourism said popular events in 2015 were the Tour of Britain cycle race and the Weeping Window poppy display at Woodhorn Museum. The artwork, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, visited the Ashington museum as part of a UK-wide tour.

Research from the 2015 campaign found that 61% of people surveyed said they would take a holiday in the county after seeing it.

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Why our stunning North East heritage is worth a staggering £1billion

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Why our stunning North East heritage is worth a staggering £1billion
28 Sep 2016 By Tony Henderson



The billion-pound value of heritage to the North East economy is calculated in a new report.

The value of the sector to the region is revealed in Heritage Counts 2016, from Historic England, which draws on the latest research figures. Heritage tourism generated an annual spend of £484m by domestic and international visitors in the region. But heritage is worth £1 billion in GVA (gross value added) to the regional economy when indirect and linked factors are included. GVA is the measure of the value of goods and services produced in an area, industry or sector of the economy.

More than 9,300 people are directly employed in heritage in the North East and Tees Valley. This rises to 18,700 when taking into account jobs linked indirectly to the heritage field.

Repair and maintenance of historic buildings in the North East and Tees Valley was also worth £237m to the construction sector in 2015. This is 20% of the repair and maintenance output in the region.

In total, it is estimated that there were 630,000 domestic overnight trips, 7.5m domestic day trips and 240,000 international visits to the North East and Tees Valley in 2014. Domestic overnights accounted for £122m in heritage-related spending, day trips £251m and international visitors £111m.

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Tourism boom set to continue as Northumberland lands Family Traveller Award

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Tourism boom set to continue as Northumberland lands Family Traveller Award
Ben O’Connell 05 October 2016


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Northumberland has been named as the best place in the UK for families to visit, landing the top prize at an awards ceremony last night.

The county triumphed in the 2016 Family Traveller Awards, winning Best UK Region for Families at the ceremony at The White Company’s flagship store in London. From more than 1,600 nominations across the 25 award categories, a shortlist of just over 300 was drawn up by the Family Traveller team before going to a public vote and expert judging from a panel including the Family Traveller editor Jane Anderson; broadcaster and writer Mariella Frostrup; the BBC’s Simon Reeve; travel editor of The Times, Jane Knight; and Elle magazine’s travel and lifestyle director, Sue Ward Davies.

There was also joy for accommodation providers Coastal Retreats, which was runner-up in the Best UK Accommodation – Group category.

Northumberland’s victory is a good omen for the 2016 British Travel Awards next month, in which the county is the only one in the North East to be nominated for Best UK Holiday County/Destination.

Jude Leitch, director of Northumberland Tourism, said: “We are thrilled with this award. We were up against strong competition in the category so to be recognised as the best by both the judges and the public shows Northumberland has something really great to offer visitors of all ages, including families. From the wilds of Northumberland National Park, Kielder Water and Forest Park and the North Pennines, to the beautiful sandy beaches and seaside towns on our coast, there is something for everyone. We hope this will inspire travellers young and old to discover Northumberland for themselves.”

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It's official! A date has been set for the first ever Northumberland Day

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It's official! A date has been set for the first ever Northumberland Day
27 Oct 2016 By Chris Knight



Yorkshire has one, Lancashire has one, and now Northumberland does too.

The first ever ‘Northumberland Day’ to celebrate all things Northumbrian will be held next year on May 28, and could take place thereafter on the last Sunday in May each year. The choice of date is linked to the Northumberland County Show, which will be held the day after Northumberland Day 2017.

The creation of an official day comes after 15 long months of planning by Langley Castle. Since then, various passionate individuals and businesses have attended meetings to drive the vision forward, with the most recent of these being held in Ashington with the help and assistance of Northumberland Tourism.

Dr Stuart Madnick, owner of Langley Castle, said: “This is my 30th anniversary year as owner and I am thrilled to know that our vision of creating a county day for Northumberland is to be realised in 2017. “Months of hard work and commitment have gone into this and we must thank all the organisations that have been involved with our idea and helped put a date in the calendar.= Yorkshire Day has been part of that county’s life for a very long time and our vision is to see Northumberland Day having the same grassroots support, delivered by passionate Northumbrians who wish to show pride in their county.”

Jude Leitch, Director of Northumberland Tourism, said “There is already a fantastic level of pride in our county which is felt by both residents and visitors alike. “We welcome the opportunity to celebrate Northumberland and will continue to work closely with the industry to ensure Northumberland Day helps raise our profile as a top UK holiday destination, as well as bringing economic benefit to the tourism industry for years to come.”

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Tourism along Solway coast in line for major boost



31 October 2016 7:43AM

Tourism along the Solway coast could be in for a major boost, with Silloth clearing the first hurdle in its bid to land £1.8m of funding.

A group of the area's leaders formed a team earlier this year hoping to tap into the Government's Coastal Communities Fund (CCF).

They've just found out their bid has made it past stage one - and now have an opportunity to tweak their case ready for the second stage.

A separate bid from Maryport did not make it through stage one, as did two efforts from communities in Copeland.

The CCF encourages the economic development of UK coastal communities by giving funding to create growth and jobs

If successful the Silloth bid team will look to transform tourism in the area and one of the ways they hope to achieve that is extending the coastal cycle route.

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NewcastleGateshead Initiative appoints new chairman

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NewcastleGateshead Initiative appoints new chairman
Matthew Ord 1st November 2016



A well-known North East legal expert has been appointed chairman of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative.

John Marshall (pictured) will lead the public-private partnership, which is designed to boost economic growth on Tyneside by attracting visitors, major events, conferences and inward investment to the area. Marshall retired from Bond Dickinson at the end of June where he most recently served as vice chairman. He has also served on the NewcastleGateshead Initiative board for six years. Until his retirement, Marshall was regional council member for the CBI and is currently council member of the North East England Chamber of Commerce. He also sits on the International Advisory Board of Newcastle University Business School.

Marshall will take over from Paul Callaghan CBE.

"I have been fortunate enough to have enjoyed a great career here and am passionately committed to seeing the region continue to grow and prosper," said Marshall. With uncertainty around the consequences of Brexit, it is all the more important that this area looks outwards, profiling its unique and distinctive features to a wide range of international and national audiences. The strength of NewcastleGateshead Initiative in collaborating with partners to change perceptions and promote the breadth of what this area has to offer brings about direct benefits for all of us in this region. It is an honour to be offered this role."

Callaghan added: "I have enjoyed a fantastic three years as chairman and am grateful for the opportunity to have played a role in the transformational work delivered by NewcastleGateshead Initiative. The organisation is looking ahead to an exciting three years, which will see the team work with partners across the region to deliver a host of exciting projects, not least the recently secured Great Exhibition of the North in 2018 and World Transplant Games in 2019."

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4 November 2016 4:04PM

Businesses have been invited to an ‘extraordinary general meeting’ (EGM) by Cumbria Tourism.

The county's official tourism organisation is inviting members to have a say and vote on proposed changes to the structure of its board on Thursday, November 10.

The EGM is being hosted at Kendal’s Castle Green Hotel and will introduce plans to merge the board and commercial members’ committee. The plan aims to create a more streamlined and efficient leadership.
The changes will include agreeing a new board structure with individual specialisms in areas such as finance, HR, communications and digital marketing.

A joint statement from the chairman of Cumbria Tourism, Eric Robson and the chairman of the 2,500-strong Commercial Members Group, says: "Cumbria Tourism has changed enormously in the last few years, moving away completely from public funding streams to the dynamic, self-sustaining organisation that it is today.

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Winners of North East England Tourism Awards announced

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Winners of North East England Tourism Awards announced
Ben O’Connell 23 November 2016



Tourism businesses from across the North East were celebrated last night as the winners of the North East England Tourism Awards were announced at a ceremony in Newcastle.

The full list of gold winners is as follows:

Boutique Accommodation/Small Hotel of the Year - Carraw Bed and Breakfast, near Humshaugh,
Northumberland Bed and Breakfast of the Year - St Cuthbert’s House,Seahouses,
Northumberland Business Tourism Provider of the Year - Rockliffe Hall Hotel,Golf & Spa, near Darlington
Dog Friendly Business of the Year - South Causey Inn, County Durham Guided Tour of the Year - Cullercoats Bike & Kayak, North Tyneside Holiday Park of the Year - Northumbrian Water, Kielder Waterside, Northumberland, Hotel of the Year - Rockliffe Hall Hotel, Golf & Spa
Inclusive Tourism Award - Go North East
Large Visitor Attraction of the Year - Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, County Durham
Self-Catering Provider of the Year - Mill Granary Cottages, near Darlington Self-Catering Property of the Year - Woodside Lodge, Whitley Chapel, Northumberland Small Visitor Attraction of the Year - Bowlees Visitor Centre, Barnard Castle
Sustainable Tourism Award - Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant, Wark, Northumberland
Taste Award - Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant
Tourism Pub of the Year - Battlesteads Hotel & Restaurant

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Go North East prepares for influx of DFDS passengers this Christmas

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Go North East prepares for influx of DFDS passengers this Christmas
20 December 2016


Go North East buses in front of a DFDS ferry

Go North East, the region’s largest bus company, is preparing for an influx of foreign tourists this festive season as Christmas events and a weak pound encourage more people to visit the North East.

Over the next few weeks, Go North East is set to welcome thousands of DFDS passengers aboard its North Shields ferry terminal bus service, which takes visitors to Newcastle city centre.

With several large-scale shopping events planned in the region this winter, including Christmas markets, Go North East is expecting bumper visitor numbers. The low value of the pound since Brexit is also expected to bring higher than average numbers of our European neighbours over the North Sea in search of bargain Christmas gifts.

Up to 25 buses can be in operation on a daily basis at peak times, deployed from Go North East’s Percy Main depot in North Shields. During the summer months, the depot also provides bus services for around 35 cruise ship dockings operating from the port. With many visitors arriving from The Netherlands, a select number of Go North East drivers on the route have gone the extra mile to ensure their customers are made to feel at home in the region – by learning Dutch phrases and common courtesies, to help passengers with their onward journeys.

Stephen King, Head of Marketing and Retail at Go North East, said: “Go North East has worked with DFDS for several years to deliver a superb link between the ferry terminal and Newcastle centre. We are provided with an estimate of how many passengers to expect up to one week in advance and our drivers liaise with DFDS daily to ensure we offer a high quality, flexible service; often arranging additional vehicles at very short notice to meet fluctuations in passenger numbers. This strong relationship is evident in the fact that a number of our drivers have learnt Dutch phrases to make our foreign visitors enjoy a warm and friendly North Eastern welcome.”

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Newcastle rated top "stag and hen night" tourist destination in all of Europe
By Graeme Whitfield, The Chronicle, 29th December 2016



Newcastle has become the most popular tourist destination in Europe for both stag and hen nights, according to a company dedicated to pre-wedding trips. Tyneside-based 'Last Night of Freedom', which arranges stag and hen nights in more than 60 cities around the world, has been compiling a list of its most popular destinations since the turn of the century, with cosmopolitan European cities including Prague, Riga and Barcelona topping the list in previous years. Newcastle topped the list for 'brides-to-be' in 2015, and now has become the leading stag destination too.

The city’s vibrant nightlife, shopping and architecture being said to be the reason it is attracting tourists from around the UK.

Meanwhile, the North East is also proving popular for its more sedate attractions, with a company specialising in country cottages in Northumberland seeing a surge in interest in both rentals and purchases from people in London and the South East. 'Cottages in Northumberland' saw a 19% increase in London bookings and has also been approached by people in the capital wanting to buy property in the county.
Jude Leitch, director of Northumberland Tourism, said: “We are seeing an increase in the number of visitors from the south and even more encouragingly, all year round. The dark skies of the International Dark Skies Park and throughout the whole of Northumberland, means that people visiting from city areas can experience the joys of the night skies that our lucky residents enjoy every night.”

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From bus lanes to tourist information what to expect from Newcastle City Council this month

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From bus lanes to tourist information what to expect from Newcastle City Council this month
By Dan O'Donoghue 10 January 2017


Cllr David Faulkner

From bus lanes to tourist information the state of the city is set to be debated on Wednesday.

We’ve taken a look ahead to Wednesday’s meeting of Newcastle City Council where an array of issues are on the agenda. From devolution to prospective park tax – we’ve highlighted seven key issues set to be discussed.

Former city council leader and Liberal Democrat councillor, David Faulkner, will continue to mount pressure on the council to open a tourist information centre in the city. Coun Faulkner will once again put a motion before Wednesday’s full meeting suggesting the authority uses private sponsorship to help pay for it.

The last centre, in Market Street, shut in 2015 due to budget cuts. Another in Grainger Street closed in 2006, according to Newcastle City Council.

The last time this issue was raised by coun Faulkner - Kim McGuinness, Newcastle City Council’s cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “It is a shame the Liberal Democrats have chosen to ignore the thousands upon thousands of people who come to Newcastle and have a great time, whether it is for big name events such as the Magic Weekend, Newcastle Pride, the Hoppings or for a weekend to enjoy the wonderful heritage, culture, food and drink our incredible city has to offer. Anyone who wants to see why Geordies are rightly proud of how people view our city can find countless positive reviews online, or in The Chronicle. We already do a lot to help tourists find their way around. Widespread use of technology and social media and now the availability of free Wi-Fi in the city centre has opened up new ways in which the council can help people access tourist information.”

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Councillors vote against tourist centre


The motion to open a tourist centre has been voted down:

The tourist motion falls: 33 no, yes 21, with 7 abstentions

My comment : Shame on them - shortsighted springs immediately to mind, wasted opportunity.,
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From the Chronicle Live @ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/...-live-12440117

Councillors vote against tourist centre


The motion to open a tourist centre has been voted down:

The tourist motion falls: 33 no, yes 21, with 7 abstentions

My comment : Shame on them - shortsighted springs immediately to mind, wasted opportunity.,
To save on cash they could have a tourist information desk in the library using staff that already work there.
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