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.

Durham’s visitor economy hits £1 billion milestone

Durham’s visitor economy hits £1 billion milestone

Tourism contributed more than £1 billion to Durham’s economy for the first time ever in 2022, the latest industry research has revealed.

Accessibility Business Support

Accessibility Business Support

New accessibility business support section launched, featuring information on understanding, enhancing and improving your accessibility.

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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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Filming Friendly Durham

Supporting production companies, filmmakers and photographers, make Durham your next destination.

Filming Friendly Durham
Business Events and Conference Market

Business Events and Conference Market

The county’s new website for conference, meeting and event venues.

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

17.91m

(Visitors Annually)

Visits to Attractions
Attractions in Durham

4.6m

(75 Attractions)

Staying Visitors
Accommodation in Durham

9%

(Overnight Stays)

Employment
Tourism employment in Durham

11,724

(Jobs Within the Industry)

Visitor Economy
Durhams Visitor economy

£1.04bn

(Annual Income)

Latest news

 TV Series Vera and author behind the books among winners at the 2024 North East England Tourism Awards

TV Series Vera and author behind the books among winners at the 2024 North East England Tourism Awards

1 Mar 2024

The popular TV drama Vera and author Ann Cleeves, who wrote the book series, were awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Tourism award at last night’s (THURS) ceremony. They were among 14 other award winners who were named some of the best in the region at the prestigious annual awards. Exec producer of Vera Will Nicholson […]

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Tourism Awards

28 Feb 2024

Taking place tomorrow night at Newcastle Civic Centre, The North East England Tourism Awards will celebrate the region's businesses and people that make our visitor economy so special. Good luck to VCD Partners Beamish Museum, Dalton Park Outlet & Outdoors, Event Durham, Hall Hill Farm, Hotel Indigo Durham, Seaham Hall Hotel, South Causey Inn, The […]

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Modernised Assessment Scheme

28 Feb 2024

Calling all County Durham tourism businesses, VisitEngland and the AA have launched their modernised Quality Assessment schemes, including a new Visitor Ready scheme. Visitor Ready empowers you to showcase your commitment to compliance with core standards, to assure customers you have the necessary checks in place. Visitor Ready is free and managed online, so make […]

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Suppliers to industry

Durham Mustard

Durham Mustard

England’s first smooth dry mustard was developed by Mrs Clements of Durham in 1720. You may associate Norfolk with mustard; however, it was here in Durham where dry mustard powder was originally created. Anya Kirkby, owner of Durham Mustard, is bringing Durham Mustard back to the region with her background in agriculture and research experience […]

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Hewitts Solicitors

Hewitts Solicitors

Hewitts has served the local community for more than 60 years. As one of the longest established law firms in the North East, our partners, consultants and associates work together in dedicated legal teams. We are an expert in this field. Many people are reluctant to speak to solicitors for a number of reasons but […]

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The Tea Enthusiasts

The Tea Enthusiasts

The Tea Enthusiasts have a lot to offer business customers large or small. Our personalised hands-on approach to service means your orders will not only be competitively priced within the market but customised to meet your needs.  Bring your drinks upmarket and on trend with artisanal teas of the highest quality at prices you wouldn't believe. Business to Business sales are […]

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Purchasing for Business

Purchasing for Business

At Purchasing for Business we’re dedicated to providing great purchasing services to any type of business, big or small and new and old. Our strong buying power, excellent choice of suppliers, and great benefits can help you save money and time on buying a wide range of products and services, whilst increasing profits.

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Visit County Durham latest

VCD Blog - Working together for Durham and the North East

VCD Blog - Working together for Durham and the North East

At Visit County Durham we are proud to be a part of a proactive network of regional partners working together to promote and develop Durham and North East England as destinations. As one of the three Local Visitor Economy Partnerships piloting England’s first Destination Development Partnership, we work closely with NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Visit Northumberland, […]

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A destination for all: Accessibility takes centre stage at tourism conference

A destination for all: Accessibility takes centre stage at tourism conference

Ensuring an excellent welcome for all visitors was the key theme of Visit County Durham’s 2023 Industry Conference.

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Research reveals Memorable Moments marketing campaign generated millions in visitor spend

Research reveals Memorable Moments marketing campaign generated millions in visitor spend

Visit County Durham’s national destination marketing campaign, Memorable Moments, generated £86.6 million in visitor spend, research has revealed.

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Durham’s visitor economy hits £1 billion milestone

Durham’s visitor economy hits £1 billion milestone

Tourism contributed more than £1 billion to Durham’s economy for the first time ever in 2022, the latest industry research has revealed.

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Take a look at our World Heritage Site Toolkit to find out how your business can use the destination to your advantage 👇
https://www.visitcountydurham.org/business-support-toolkits/

Visit County Durham hosted a Star Gazing familiarisation visit for businesses to help them to understand the logistics for star gazing visitors at Dark Sky Discovery sites and a tour of the night sky.

The tour was partnered with Neill from Go Stargazing and the High Force Hotel and ...Waterfall hosted a well needed refreshment break during the coldest night since January 2019!

Thank you to Haystax Inclusive Farm Experience and Lodges, The Saxon Inn, Escomb, East Durham College, Gardenside Lodge, @JasmineCottage and The Ash Tree for joining us.

Visit County Durham has launched a new toolkit for businesses as part of our latest national destination marketing campaign. The toolkit for 'Do Durham Differently' includes images, copy and a social media guide, providing businesses with the assets they need to get involved, and to ...support the destination by sharing campaign content through their own channels.

View the toolkit here 👇
https://www.visitcountydurham.org/national-destination.../

Advertising sales are now open for the 2024 edition of the Durham Pocket Guide.
With over 100,000 copies distributed at hundreds of key locations across the region, and available to download from thisisdurham.com, the publication is cost effective and proven to influence users to visit ...attractions and different areas of the county.

Find out more here 👇
https://www.visitcountydurham.org/official-visitor-guide/

The next English Tourism Week (ETW) will take place 15-24th March 2024.
ETW highlights the importance, value and vast contribution the sector makes to the UK economy. The week provides an essential opportunity to raise the awareness of the visitor economy to key stakeholders.

Find ...out more here 👇
https://www.visitbritain.org/working-us/english-tourism-week

Supplier Partner Durham Coffee Roasters are committed to ethically sourced speciality coffee and the relationships they build along the way.
They love sharing their enthusiasm and knowledge and will provide you with all the support you need to get the best out of their coffee and deliver an ...exceptional cup of coffee your customers will want to come back for.

Find out more about becoming a wholesale customer here 👇
https://tinyurl.com/hnamm55d