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Product Knowledge Day Visit County Durham

Product Knowledge Day

26 Feb 2024

Our Product Knowledge Day is taking place next month at Redworth Hall Hotel. It's a great opportunity for partners to hear updates and future plans from Locomotion, The Auckland Project and Raby Castle. You will also be able to sample the NEW Durham Mustard and meet our local Supplier Partners. If...

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North East set to host more than 100 travel trade at two key events Visit County Durham

North East set to host more than 100 travel trade at two key events

24 Jan 2024

European and UK-based tour operators, travel agents and coach tour organisers will be descending on the North East this month as part of a drive to increase overseas visitors to the region. The region will be hosting two key travel trade events over the weekend of January 26th-30th supporting...

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2023: Year in Search Visit County Durham

2023: Year in Search

24 Jan 2024

We take a look back on what visitors searched for and looked at throughout 2023 on thisisdurham.com, the county’s official tourism website. January As 2023 began, our website visitors were looking for Accommodation, Things to Do and Events as the new year got underway. The most popular event page...

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A message from Visit County Durham's managing director, Michelle Gorman  Visit County Durham

A message from Visit County Durham's managing director, Michelle Gorman 

12 Jan 2024

2023 has drawn to a close and what an eventful and successful year it was for Durham. The incredible £1bn milestone was achieved for the value of the county's visitor economy, and world-class attractions and visitor accommodation opened to further strengthen our visitor offer. The county secured...

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Durham Visitor Information Network’s customer satisfaction score soars Visit County Durham

Durham Visitor Information Network’s customer satisfaction score soars

13 Dec 2023

Durham’s Visitor Information Network has scored a 95 per cent customer satisfaction rate in a recent mystery shopping exercise. 

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Online Advent Calendar helps showcase Durham this Christmas Visit County Durham

Online Advent Calendar helps showcase Durham this Christmas

6 Dec 2023

The festive period is an important time of year for tourism businesses and Visit County Durham has launched a range of marketing opportunities to support partners and showcase the county.

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Influencer collaboration boosts Do Durham Differently campaign Visit County Durham

Influencer collaboration boosts Do Durham Differently campaign

5 Dec 2023

Visit County Durham has joined forces with high profile travel influencers as part of its latest destination marketing campaign.

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Tourism Sentiment report Visit County Durham

Tourism Sentiment report

29 Nov 2023

The Visit County Durham commissioned Tourism Sentiment report for October is now available, providing valuable insights for the county's tourism businesses. The score measures Durham's ability to generate positive word of mouth about our tourism offer through online conversations. This month,...

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Lumiere media and influencer visits shine a light on Durham Visit County Durham

Lumiere media and influencer visits shine a light on Durham

22 Nov 2023

Journalists and social media influencers from across the UK and beyond descended on Durham last week as the UK’s light art biennial made its dazzling return. Visit County Durham worked in partnership with Lumiere producer Artichoke to deliver a group media visit and Instameet to showcase the...

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

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

15 Nov 2023

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

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Campaign encourages visitors to ‘Do Durham Differently’ Visit County Durham

Campaign encourages visitors to ‘Do Durham Differently’

8 Nov 2023

Durham’s unique and diverse experiences, world-class attractions and eclectic accommodation are the inspiration behind a new campaign aimed at boosting the county’s visitor economy.

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Research reveals Memorable Moments marketing campaign generated millions in visitor spend Visit County Durham

Research reveals Memorable Moments marketing campaign generated millions in visitor spend

24 Oct 2023

Visit County Durham’s national destination marketing campaign, Memorable Moments, generated £86.6 million in visitor spend, research has revealed. The campaign, which ran from October 2022 to April 2023 and was delivered in partnership with the county’s tourism businesses, reached over 2.25...

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Do Durham Differently Visit County Durham

Do Durham Differently

18 Oct 2023

Visit County Durham is undertaking a new marketing campaign called Do Durham Differently which will showcase unique experiences from across the county, in a way which emphasises how diverse the county is from city, countryside to coast. Running from Autumn 2023 to Spring 2024, activity will include...

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A message from Visit County Durham's managing director, Michelle Gorman Visit County Durham

A message from Visit County Durham's managing director, Michelle Gorman

18 Oct 2023

With the nights drawing in and the leaves starting to turn, there is no escaping that summer has come to an end, and what a summer it has been. From the opening of new attractions in Beamish Museum's 1950s town to record breaking attendance at events such as Seaham Food Festival and Gaia at Durham...

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Wheelie Fab Times  Visit County Durham

Wheelie Fab Times 

20 Sep 2023

Recently, we invited David and Penny of Wheelie Fab Times to Durham for an action-packed, accessible staycation. You can find out about their experiences exploring some of Durham's top attractions and hear their thoughts on accessibility in the county in their blog on our consumer website. More...

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