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Garden Party Visit County Durham

Garden Party

12 Jun 2024

Look out for your email invitation to this summer's Visit County Durham Garden Party. The annual event is an opportunity for the county's tourism industry to come together to network, socialise and hear live the much anticipated announcement of this year's Durham Tourism Superstar.  This year the...

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Latest tourism figures for Durham build on bumper £1bn milestone Visit County Durham

Latest tourism figures for Durham build on bumper £1bn milestone

22 May 2024

The latest STEAM* figures, which calculate the volume and value of the county’s visitor economy, show that Durham has continued to build on the bumper £1bn milestone achieved in 2022, with results showing expenditure rose by 18.8% in 2023, to £1.23bn. 

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Nominate your Tourism Superstar Visit County Durham

Nominate your Tourism Superstar

15 May 2024

A reminder to nominate your Durham Tourism Superstar by Friday 7th June. Delivered in association with The Northern Echo, the award recognises the dedication and passion of those working in Durham's tourism industry and showcases the best in customer service offered to visitors to the county. If...

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Successful partnership promoting the Durham Coast renewed Visit County Durham

Successful partnership promoting the Durham Coast renewed

13 May 2024

A partnership that is helping to raise awareness of Durham’s coastal tourism offer with international audiences has been renewed. Visit County Durham is once again joining forces with the National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA) to promote the county’s dramatic coastline as a sustainable...

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Partnership promotes Durham as holiday destination to cricket fans Visit County Durham

Partnership promotes Durham as holiday destination to cricket fans

13 May 2024

Visit County Durham has renewed its partnership with Durham Cricket as international top-flight cricket heads to Chester-le-Street’s Riverside ground. The destination management organisation has been working in partnership with Durham Cricket since 2020 to promote Durham to cricket fans,...

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Durham Pocket Guide 2024 Visit County Durham

Durham Pocket Guide 2024

27 Mar 2024

The Durham Pocket Guide 2024 is now available to pre-order. 125,000 copies will be distributed across the region encouraging visitors to stay longer and explore further. To order copies for your business, email visitor@thisisdurham.com

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Welcome to Durham Visit County Durham

Welcome to Durham

27 Mar 2024

The Welcome to Durham training course gives people practical and immediately usable skills that can make the difference between a visitor being satisfied, and a visitor being made to feel special. Our next Welcome to Durham course is being held at Bishop Auckland Town Hall on Wednesday 24th April...

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Partnership Renewals Visit County Durham

Partnership Renewals

27 Mar 2024

Our VCD Partnership renewal process is underway for 2024-25 and we'd like to say thank you to the many businesses that have renewed already. Please remember to check your spam/junk folder and if you have not received your partnership quote by month end, get in touch via email,...

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Regenerative Destination Management Visit County Durham

Regenerative Destination Management

20 Mar 2024

Visit County Durham's Lucy Wearne has recently been awarded a certificate in Regenerative Destination Management from GDS Academy. The course examined how to enable positive social, environmental and economic impact through tourism by using regenerative frameworks as well as fostering networking...

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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. 

13 Mar 2024

Visit County Durham is proud to be supporting English Tourism Week, which launches this Friday, 15th March and runs until Sunday, 24th March. The annual initiative provides an important platform to showcase the amazing businesses, people and experiences that are part of the county's visitor...

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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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