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Touch Stay update Visit County Durham

Touch Stay update

28 Sep 2022

Over the summer, VCD Supplier Partner Touch Stay has added Hostaway and enhanced existing integrations with OwnerRez and BookingSync to further facilitate the ease with which accommodation providers can effectively communicate with guests - an integration with Anytime Booking is in the works. Touch...

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Tourism forum Visit County Durham

Tourism forum

28 Sep 2022

The North Pennines AONB Partnership will be holding their annual tourism forum on 13th October at Melmerby Village Hall, Cumbria asking: 'Is a regenerative approach the way forward for the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and UNESCO Global Geopark? And if so - what does it...

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Last chance to apply Visit County Durham

Last chance to apply

28 Sep 2022

The deadline for the North East England Tourism Awards 2023 is tomorrow at 5pm. If you've started an application, make sure you complete it by the deadline. If you're still thinking about entering, don't hesitate, enter today! The awards are free to enter and if shortlisted, your business can...

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Campaign partner opportunity Visit County Durham

Campaign partner opportunity

28 Sep 2022

Visit County Durham's latest national marketing campaign is about to get underway, providing excellent cost effective promotional opportunities for our partners. The 'Memorable Moments' campaign will showcase the experiences that can be had in the county during Autumn, Winter and Spring, and...

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Purple Tuesday 2022 Visit County Durham

Purple Tuesday 2022

22 Sep 2022

VisitEngland and VisitScotland are the official tourism sector partners for Purple Tuesday 2022, which will take place on 1st November. Purple Tuesday is a national initiative that helps businesses to improve the experience for their disabled customers, culminating in a celebration in November...

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Dark skies workshop Visit County Durham

Dark skies workshop

22 Sep 2022

Visit County Durham is offering a Dark Skies workshop to help businesses make the most of this growing market. The workshop will be split into two sessions. The first on Wednesday 16th November 10am-1pm at Bishop Auckland Town Hall, will cover information about Dark Skies in County Durham, why they...

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Deadline extension Visit County Durham

Deadline extension

22 Sep 2022

Following the period of national mourning for her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, it has been decided to extend the deadline for applications to the North East England Tourism Awards to 5pm on Thursday 29th September. This will allow businesses more time to start and/or complete their applications. The...

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Energy price cap Visit County Durham

Energy price cap

22 Sep 2022

The Department for Business, Energy and Industry has today announced the Energy Bill Relief Scheme which will see energy prices for non-domestic energy customers such as businesses, charities and public sector organisations cut. The discount will apply to fixed contracts agreed on or after 1st...

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Environment Awards 2022 Visit County Durham

Environment Awards 2022

8 Sep 2022

The County Durham Environment Awards 2022 are open for entries. Now in its 33rd year, the event celebrates the county's community groups, individuals, businesses and other organisations that go the extra mile to improve their local environment in a sustainable way. Nominate yourself or a building,...

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Bright ideas Visit County Durham

Bright ideas

8 Sep 2022

The Bright Ideas Gathering, commissioned by Durham County Council, is the exciting new event taking place at the Gala Theatre in Durham on Sunday 2nd October 10:30am-5:30pm. Imagine taking the deep insights of a profound lecture and combining it with the electricity of great theatre. The Bright...

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Tourism Awards Workshop Visit County Durham

Tourism Awards Workshop

8 Sep 2022

Businesses thinking of applying to the North East England Tourism Awards are being given another opportunity to join a workshop to help prepare and submit an application to this year's awards. The free online workshop, being held on Monday 12th September between 10am-11am, will cover the...

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International Marketing Visit County Durham

International Marketing

8 Sep 2022

Continuing to build on our International marketing activity, this week Visit County Durham is attending Destination Britain North America (DBNA) in Washington DC. DBNA offers the unique opportunity to meet hand-picked top buyers from the USA and Canada market. During the event, VCD will be meeting...

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Successful US Mission Visit County Durham

Successful US Mission

27 Jul 2022

In partnership with Marketing Manchester and Avanti Destinations, Visit County Durham has completed a successful US mission to Texas. Feedback from the visit was positive, with many US travel agents keen to start booking clients to the county and advising that there is a real interest from the US...

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Visitor Economy Factsheet 2021 Visit County Durham

Visitor Economy Factsheet 2021

27 Jul 2022

Visit County Durham has commissioned the STEAM report over the last 15 years, an economic impact study which allows us to track the performance of our destination. The latest results from this study relate to 2021 and you can view the full breakdown of performance by downloading the Visitor Economy...

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CO2 offsetting Visit County Durham

CO2 offsetting

21 Jul 2022

Our Supplier Partner Stick Marketing is planting trees in collaboration with Tree-Nation as part of its ongoing commitment to a more sustainable future. Working with Tree-Nation, they planted 131 trees in June to help offset their CO2 emissions.

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