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Special offer for VCD Partners Visit County Durham

Special offer for VCD Partners

6 Apr 2022

Inspirational speakers representing all areas of hotel marketing will take the stage at this year's National Hotel Marketing Conference, organised in partnership with the Hotel Marketing Association. Expected to attract up to 200 hotel marketing and sales personnel, GMs and owners, and top...

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Check your inbox! Visit County Durham

Check your inbox!

6 Apr 2022

Our VCD Partnership renewal process is underway for 2022-23 and we'd like to say a big 'thank you' to the many businesses that have renewed already. Please remember to check your spam/junk folder if you have not yet received your Partnership quote or get in touch with the team. VCD Partnership...

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Anticipation builds for reimagined cultural venue Industry

Anticipation builds for reimagined cultural venue

6 Apr 2022

A first glimpse of an exciting new cultural venue for County Durham has been revealed. Durham County Council has released a visualisation of what the former DLI Museum and Gallery will look like after it is transformed into a vibrant exhibition centre, gallery and café. The move closely follows...

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Rural broadband connectivity Visit County Durham

Rural broadband connectivity

30 Mar 2022

The National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise is collaborating with Building Digital UK, part of the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport, to find out the views and experiences of SMEs about rural broadband connectivity and the effect this has on their business in...

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Celebrating the industry Visit County Durham

Celebrating the industry

30 Mar 2022

Last week the North East tourism family came together to celebrate the region's visitor economy at The North East England Tourism Awards 2022. Very proud that County Durham businesses picked up awards and congratulations to partners Seaham Hall, Hotel Indigo Durham and Vindomora Country Lodges on...

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Welcome back! Visit County Durham

Welcome back!

30 Mar 2022

Wonderful news for the city and county that the National Trust has acquired Crook Hall & Gardens which can once again add its weight to our growing tourism offer. The gardens, cafe and parts of the house, including the medieval hall, will re-open in summer 2022, with the date still to be...

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Promoting Durham Visit County Durham

Promoting Durham

30 Mar 2022

Visit County Durham represented the County at VisitBritain's flagship global travel trade event ExploreGB. The event, held virtually, gave us the chance to promote our fantastic tourism products and services to top global buyers and forge valuable business connections with travel industry...

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The 'Big Econ-versation' Visit County Durham

The 'Big Econ-versation'

23 Mar 2022

Over half a million residents are being invited to join Durham County Council's 'big econ-versation' on issues which matter to them most and affect their lives - including everything from jobs, wages, education and climate change to health, housing and transport as part of a three-month-long...

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Welcoming our Spanish partners Visit County Durham

Welcoming our Spanish partners

23 Mar 2022

Representatives from Spain have experienced some of the delights of County Durham this past weekend. Last year, Durham County Council and A Coruña Provincial Council in northwest Spain signed a region-to-region tourism partnership, and now partners have come together to take part in a...

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City of Culture bid continues Visit County Durham

City of Culture bid continues

23 Mar 2022

Great news for County Durham and the wider North East England as the county moved a step closer to securing UK City of Culture 2025. DCMS announced late last Friday night that County Durham was one of just four locations from across the UK to be shortlisted for the prestigious title out of the...

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English Tourism Week 2022 Visit County Durham

English Tourism Week 2022

23 Mar 2022

This week is English Tourism Week, an opportunity to celebrate and champion our amazing tourism businesses. This year's theme is "You're Welcome" to send the message that everyone working in tourism and the visitor economy is ready and willing to welcome visitors back after the trials of the past...

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Tourism partners explore County Durham’s heritage Industry

Tourism partners explore County Durham’s heritage

21 Mar 2022

Representatives from Spain have experienced some of the delights of County Durham this weekend. Following a region-to-region tourism partnership being signed by Durham County Council and A Coruña Provincial Council in northwest Spain, last year, partners have come together in person to take part...

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County Durham’s UK City of Culture 2025 bid remains on track Industry

County Durham’s UK City of Culture 2025 bid remains on track

21 Mar 2022

County Durham is now a step closer to being named UK City of Culture 2025 and securing the colossal social and economic benefits this would bring. Today, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport announced the county was one of just four locations from across the UK to be shortlisted for...

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Spain's Field Farm opening Visit County Durham

Spain's Field Farm opening

16 Mar 2022

Great news that Beamish Museum is holding the opening celebrations for their new 1950s farm this Saturday and Sunday 19th and 20th March from 1pm. Spain's Field Farm is part of the Remaking Beamish project supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Sir Tom Cowie Charitable Trust and Friends...

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Hopes for Durham2025 Visit County Durham

Hopes for Durham2025

16 Mar 2022

Tree of Hope, created by digital studio Tekja and produced for Lumiere by Artichoke with support from Visit County Durham, has returned as part of County Durham's bid to be UK City of Culture 2025. People with a connection to the county are invited to open the interactive tree and share...

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