Media Room

Media Visits

Media trips play a crucial role in promoting Durham as a destination and Visit County Durham welcomes requests from travel writers who are interested in visiting the county.

We receive a high number of requests for support. To ensure that we meet your requirements, as well as our own, we would ask that you read the following guidelines and complete the request form below.

Basic guidelines

  • Please contact us at least four weeks before your trip, completing the registration form.
  • Freelance writers need to provide two recently published travel related cuttings for the request to be considered. Commissions must also be in place.
  • In return for our assistance, we request that you include a link to and relevant social media channels in the resulting coverage.

Visit County Durham is able to provide a range of support, from suggestions of places to visit to bespoke itineraries. We can also provide contacts for relevant businesses, spokespeople for stories, photography and background information.

Working with our destination partners, we may also be able to cover or contribute towards the cost of accommodation, travel, attraction entry, tour guides, meals and other activities while in the county. This support is given on the understanding that the hotels, restaurants and attractions included in the itinerary are featured in the resulting coverage.

If you require any additional information, please contact:

Media Visit Request Form

All media visits must be authorised in advance.


Personal Information


Editorial Information

Topic, angle etc.
Evidence may be required. Please provide contact details including name, telephone number and email of commissioning editor.

What assistance from Visit County Durham are you looking for?

Please note this is a wish list only as unfortunately not all requests can be accommodated.

Please specify accommodation type, room type and area.
Would you like interviews arranged? Who with?
How will you travel to and from Durham? How will you get around?
Are guided tours required?

By signing below, I confirm that I will produce the coverage described above if Visit County Durham supports the media trip.

I understand that if I have to cancel a trip, and transport and accommodation costs have been previously arranged, I will be held liable for any incurred costs subject to the cancellation policy. For example, if Visit County Durham pays for accommodation that requires 48 hours’ notice for cancellation, and I cancel within 48 hours of arriving, I must reimburse Visit County Durham for the full amount paid towards accommodation.

Activities and accommodation requests are all subject to partner availability. We will not be able to cover costs for additional incidentals; additional meals, taxi fares, beverages and alcohol not outlined in the itinerary.