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Newcastle named top destination for 2018 by Rough Guide

Travel experts Rough Guide have named NewcastleGateshead the top place in the world to visit in 2018, citing Great Exhibition of the North, a burgeoning restaurant scene, fantastic museums and ‘Gerodie geniality’ among the reasons to visit. Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive at destination marketing agency NewcastleGateshead Initiative which is leading...

VisitBritain, Newcastle Airport and NewcastleGateshead Initiative announce partnership to promote region to overseas visitors

VisitBritain, Newcastle Airport and NewcastleGateshead Initiative have announced a partnership to promote the North East of England to overseas visitors. The three-year partnership will focus on driving more visitors to explore the diverse culture and heritage of NewcastleGateshead and the surrounding areas. In year one, the initiative will target...

Virgin Trains partnership builds momentum

With 20 million passengers per year, Virgin Trains East Coast is a key partner in inspiring people to visit the region and our partnership activity has continued to grow this year. In spring 2017, we delivered our first 50/50 funded campaign in partnership with Virgin Trains East Coast, to...

NGI Solutions continues growth following contract wins

Insight-led research, marketing and PR agency NGI Solutions is celebrating a successful year after delivering some high-profile campaigns, alongside a number of key contract wins. The new business has been spread across all the services that NGI Solutions offers and has come from clients based throughout the UK. Recent...

New Year’s Eve midnight fireworks announced

NewcastleGateshead Initiative in partnership with NE1 are delighted to announce the return of the New Year’s Eve midnight fireworks on the NewcastleGateshead Quayside. Back by popular demand, the celebrations will welcome in 2018 with a bang as the fireworks light up the Tyne and provide a dramatic backdrop for...

Monstrous New Year’s Eve bonfire to take place on Newcastle’s Town Moor

NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Newcastle City Council have announced a fantastic new event to take place on Newcastle’s Town Moor on 31 December – celebrating New Year’s Eve in theatrical style with a beastly bonfire and a breath-taking firework display. East of the Sun, West of the Moon will take...

Brand new creative team and theme announced for Enchanted Parks 2017

NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council’s popular after-dark arts adventure, Enchanted Parks, is back this winter with a brand new creative team and an exciting new theme. The annual event, which sees specially commissioned artists breathe myth and magic into Gateshead’s beautiful Saltwell Park, will take place for 6 nights...

Visitor numbers and expenditure increase again in NewcastleGateshead

  Tourism bosses have reported a further boost to the visitor economy with figures released today showing tourists visiting NewcastleGateshead last year spent £1.46 billion, an increase of 3% from 2015.   Overall 2016 saw a 3% increase in visitor numbers to NewcastleGateshead culminating in a total of 17.38...

Applications open for prestigious North East England Tourism Awards

Tourism businesses from across North East England are being urged to enter the North East England Tourism Awards as applications are now officially open.   The North East England Tourism Awards celebrate the best in the industry, highlighting what the North East has to offer visitors and giving winners...

£200 million Arena, and Conference and Exhibition Centre boost for North East

A new multi million pound, state of the art entertainment arena, and conference and exhibition centre is set for the North East as plans by Gateshead Council push forward. Gateshead Council in partnership, with award winning property developers Ask Real Estate and leading investment and development manager PATRIZIA UK,...

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