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Sustainability takes centre stage at Visit County Durham’s autumn conference

Sustainability takes centre stage at Visit County Durham’s autumn conference

3 Nov 2022

Tourism organisations from across Durham came together this week to explore how sustainable practices can not only make a difference to the planet but support the sector to grow. Destination Management Organisation Visit County Durham chose sustainability as the theme of its autumn conference in...

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Memorable Moments campaign sets out to boost tourism

Memorable Moments campaign sets out to boost tourism

26 Oct 2022

Families, couples and anyone seeking a staycation packed full of memorable moments are being encouraged to head to Durham this autumn. Visit County Durham, Durham County Council’s tourism service, has teamed up with partners across the tourism sector for a new campaign aimed at boosting the...

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Durham security officer scoops tourism superstar award

Durham security officer scoops tourism superstar award

21 Jul 2022

Durham has crowned its first Tourism Superstar in three years, following a hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Connor Turnbull, a security officer at Dalton Park Outlet Shopping Destination, has been crowned Durham Tourism Superstar 2022 thanks to his excellent customer service, volunteering...

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Walking trails on track to boost tourism recovery in Durham and wider region

Walking trails on track to boost tourism recovery in Durham and wider region

19 Jul 2022

Six long-distance walking trails inspired by the North East’s historic reputation as a place of pilgrimage are playing a significant role in boosting Durham’s tourism economy. Launched last year, the Northern Saints Trails cover more than 200 miles and are positioning the North East as the...

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Delight as County Durham reaches next stage of UK City of Culture 2025 competition

Delight as County Durham reaches next stage of UK City of Culture 2025 competition

8 Oct 2021

News County Durham is a step closer to being crowned UK City of Culture 2025 has been met with joy and resolve by the partnership driving forward the bid.  Today, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced its long-list of eight locations that will progress to the...

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First ever digital Lumiere artwork gives the UKs leading light festival life beyond the four-day event

First ever digital Lumiere artwork gives the UKs leading light festival life beyond the four-day event

4 Oct 2021

Lumiere, the UK’s leading light festival, has announced today an exciting new interactive project in the lead-up to the full Programme reveal later this month. Created by digital studio Tekja and supported by Visit County Durham Ltd, Tree of Hope will be the first -ever digital artwork...

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Blog Squad set to showcase Durham to new audiences

Blog Squad set to showcase Durham to new audiences

28 Sep 2021

A new marketing initiative from Visit County Durham is enlisting the support of bloggers and Instagrammers from across the region to showcase the county to new audiences. The Blog Squad, featuring a curated group of content partners who will be providing guest blogs for the county’s official...

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