Destination management organisation

Welcome to Visit County Durham - the tourism management agency for County Durham which works on behalf of businesses and public agencies to support the growth and development of the county's visitor economy.

Visit County Durham has strategic responsibility for tourism and performs the functions of destination management and marketing in the county. Many others are involved in delivering a vibrant visitor economy, one organisation cannot do it alone, which is why we are a partnership.

Our aim is to place the visitor at the heart of everything we do.

Business Support Toolkits

Business Support Toolkits

Offering you advice and guidance in order to help you run your businesses.

Durham Tourism Superstar

Durham Tourism Superstar

Voting is now open and it's your chance to help us find Durham's next Tourism Superstar.

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From attractions and accommodation providers to places to eat, things to do and local suppliers, Visit County Durham Partnership brings benefits through promoting and developing any type or size of business.

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Destination Performance

Reports measuring the volume and value of tourism activity annually.

Destination Performance
Opportunities

Opportunities

Visit County Durham is providing a range of promotional opportunities to support visitor economy businesses.

Find a Supplier

Find a Supplier

Visit County Durham work with a number of Supplier Partner’s who offer services which are directly relevant to tourism businesses.

Destination performance

Visitors
Visitors in Durham

11.4m

(Visitors Annually)

Visits to attractions
Attractions in Durham

4m

(70 attractions)

Staying Visitors
Accommodation in Durham

6%

(Overnight Stays)

Employment
Tourism employment in Durham

6,794

(Jobs within the industry)

Visitor Economy
Durhams Visitor economy

£507m

(Annual Income)

Latest news

Well done!

23 Jun 2022

Congratulations to VCD Partner Hall Hill Farm on scooping two awards at the 2022 National Farm Attraction Network Awards (NFAN). Ann, Richard and team won 'Farm Attraction of the Year', awarded to the farm attraction that has delivered the best overall customer experience; and 'Attraction with the Best Digital Presence' awarded to the attraction whose own […]

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Visitor attraction website survey

23 Jun 2022

COVID-19 has transformed how visitor attractions operate online, and with an increased need for online bookings, additional revenue drivers and a seamless on and offline experience, it's vital visitor attractions understand how their website is performing. The Rubber Cheese 2022 Visitor Attraction Survey, supported by the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, aims to provide insights […]

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Understanding international travellers

23 Jun 2022

Want to learn more about the latest mindset of travellers? Join VisitEngland on Wednesday 29 June 2022 at 11am for a free webinar to help understand the current and future landscape of international tourism covering traveller motivations, influences, decisions and sustainability. The webinar will be hosted by VisitEngland's Research and Forecasting team with findings presented by […]

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Suppliers to industry

Every Season Pest Control

Every Season Pest Control

Do you have a business or property in Durham that requires regular/ routine pest inspections? Do you put your pest contract out to tender every year or are you simply looking for a new, reliable pest control provider? Here at Every Season Pest Control we are a local, professional family run company with over 16 […]

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George Bolam Foods Ltd

George Bolam Foods Ltd

George Bolam Foods Ltd offer a wide rage of high quality meat sourced from local farms and markets, including beef, pork, lamb, chicken, turkey and more.

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Teesdale Cheesemakers

Teesdale Cheesemakers

Welcome to Durham! We are a husband and wife team Allison and Jonathan based in Teesdale who make multi-award winning cheeses with milk from a farm that has been in our family for five generations, so we know the milk quality is fantastic! We make seven soft cheeses: Teesdale Blue, White Hilton, Teesdale Goat, Barney […]

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Roam Local App

Roam Local App

Our app is available in cities worldwide, giving you the ability to see all the nearest venues from your current location. Whether users are locals, frequent travellers, or stag & hen do’s, we want to help the users in your city find you. Once venues sign up to ROAM App, extra perks become available to help market […]

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Visit County Durham latest

Tourism Sentiment Score

Tourism Sentiment Score

The Tourism Sentiment Score is a measure of a destination’s ability to generate positive word of mouth about its tourism offer, which is vitally important when growing the image, identity and reputation of a place. The score is based solely on online conversations that reference or affect a potential traveller’s perceptions of a destination, with […]

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Back the Bid!

Back the Bid!

Calling all County Durham and North East businesses and those businesses anywhere who just love County Durham! We need your support to secure the UK City of Culture 2025 title for County Durham. Securing the UK City of Culture title would bring transformational social and economic benefits to the entire region, at a time when the […]

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Be Part of VisitBritain's International Marketing Campaign

Be Part of VisitBritain's International Marketing Campaign

Download their industry toolkit to see how you can get involved and be part of our campaign to highlight your business or destination to international consumers. What do I get? Join a movement to inspire and welcome visitors back to Britain A chance to highlight your business or destination to consumers with the potential to […]

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Durham Tourism Superstar

Durham Tourism Superstar

We are asking for nominations for people working in any part of the visitor economy, who are able to represent their profession.  So, if they work for a hotel or a visitor attraction that’s fine, but they must be knowledgeable and passionate about the destination where their place of work is located.  The award will […]

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📢 We are hiring! 📢

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join Durham County Council's Digital Durham programme as a Project Support Officer.

For more information and how to apply, visit the link below 👇

https://t.co/KvdNFf4Yjl

#Jobs #Hiring ...#DurhamJobs

Would you like the special opportunity to worship in a place where bishops have worshipped for centuries?

That is what is on offer every Wednesday in St Peter's Chapel, which remains the private chapel of the Bishop of Durham.

Find out more here -> https://t.co/9yMCUxpF3D

Discover Brightwater with the free iNaturalist app. Explore and share what you’ve discovered on your walk through Brightwater, and help scientists and resource managers understand when and where our natural wildlife can be found. https://t.co/NwgwLARU73

The North East England Tourism Awards are now open! Eligible winners of core categories will be automatically forwarded to the national #VEAwards2023. @TourismAwardsNE

Voting is officially open!📣

After two years, the search for the brightest stars in Durham’s #Tourism industry is back on!

We need your help to decide who will be crowned the 2022 Durham Tourism Superstar.

Want to have your say? Click on the link below to find out ...more about our finalists…👇

https://www.thisisdurham.com/durham-tourism-superstar

#DTSS2022 #DurhamTourismSuperstar #LoveDurham #VisitDurham #Hospitality

Our @ThisisDurham Week Ahead is a valuable tool to let your visitors know what's going on in Durham.
The Week Ahead is updated and available for download every Monday here: http://bit.ly/36ixi9k
Want to list an event? Submit your info here: http://bit.ly/3jt1YaK

Supplier Spotlight: Towergate Insurance has been insuring businesses in the North East of England since 1973. With their expertise in the Leisure and Hospitality Sectors, find out how they can offer you an independent review here: https://tinyurl.com/yckkc3cy

Do you want to learn more about the latest mindset of travellers?
Join VisitEngland on Wednesday 29 June 2022 at 11am for a free webinar to help understand the current and future landscape of international tourism covering traveller motivations, influences, decisions and sustainability.
...The webinar will be hosted by VisitEngland's Research and Forecasting team with findings presented by their research partners Kubi Kalloo.

Find out more & register here 👇
https://tinyurl.com/bddwvw8f