VCD Blog - Working together for Durham and the North East

Publication Date: 24th Jan 2024

At Visit County Durham we are proud to be a part of a proactive network of regional partners working together to promote and develop Durham and North East England as destinations.

As one of the three Local Visitor Economy Partnerships piloting England’s first Destination Development Partnership, we work closely with NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Visit Northumberland, along with seven of the region’s local authorities.

But it doesn’t stop there; Visit County Durham collaborates with a wide range of regional organisation, big and small, focusing on everything from landscapes and wildlife preservation to culture, heritage and business.

Tourism focused

Working with colleagues at Durham County Council is key for ensuring Durham can develop as destination sustainably and with the right infrastructure in place. Chaired by Visit County Durham, the Tourism Internal Working Group brings together council officers from different departments including planning, rights of way, highways, the environment and culture to share news and ideas, discuss issues and identify actions.

Visit County Durham specific areas of the county. This includes Weardale Visitor Network, a partnership of businesses and organisations committed to developing the tourism trade and visitor experience in this beautiful part of the Durham Dales.

Protecting and celebrating our landscapes

Durham is home to diverse landscapes, protected habitats and natural wonders that attract outdoor lovers and nature enthusiasts from around the world. It’s vital the visitor economy in these areas is developed sustainably to help communities and businesses prosper, while also preserving these special landscapes for future generations. And it’s with this aim that Visit County Durham works with partners including the Durham Heritage Coast, Durham Wildlife Trust and the North Pennines National Landscape, formerly known as the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural beauty.

Supporting businesses

Supporting tourism businesses is a key part of Visit County Durham’s remit. Alongside our own training, events and other business focused activities, we work with partners including the North East Chamber of Commerce and the Federation of Small Businesses to help create an environment in which Durham’s tourism sector can flourish.

Culture and heritage

Durham’s vibrant culture and heritage offer is a major draw for UK and overseas visitors. From dynamic festivals and events to historic castles, internationally renowned museums and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle, the county’s past is helping to deliver a brighter future through tourism. By working with partners such as the North East Cultural Partnership and the Durham World Heritage Site Coordinating Committee, we can maximise the opportunities these assets present and identify ways to reach new audiences.

Visit County Durham will continue to work with partners across the region in 2024 and beyond. Together, we have a stronger voice and can benefit from a wealth of experience, while sharing valuable ideas and insights on how to develop Durham and North East England as a destination.