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All aboard the Visitor Economy Express! Northern throws weight behind NewcastleGateshead Initiative activity

Train operator, Northern, is set to partner with Newcastle Gateshead Initiative (NGI) on a range of activity identified as crucial to the visitor economy. The two organisations will focus on activity that will boost the city-region’s tourism offer, inward investment credentials and ease of access to the night-time economy....

North East’s best represent region at national tourism awards

Four of the region’s best tourism businesses and individuals have been announced as finalists for the national tourism awards. Hotel Indigo Durham, Seaham Hall, Triple A Food Tours and Clive Goodwin of The Ouseburn Trust will be competing for the top spot at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. The...

Tourism businesses invited to “Experience” workshops

Spaces are still available for a series of workshops aimed at helping tourism-related businesses develop unforgettable experiences for visitors. The New Adventures campaign, launched last week, is being funded by the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NCTA) and is being delivered on behalf of NTCA by Newcastle Gateshead Initiative...

A-maze-ing Spring signals strong 2022 start at Dalton Park

Thousands of families have enjoyed Dalton Park’s springtime extravaganza, signalling a strong start to the outlet shopping destination’s jam-packed 2022 events calendar. A free Alice in Wonderland themed maze during the Easter holidays welcomed more than 5,000 families over the course of 10 days, many of which also took...

Campaign launched to help North of Tyne businesses create and promote unforgettable visitor experiences

A new campaign to help smaller tourism-related businesses reach new audiences is being launched with the help of funding from the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NCTA). The New Adventures campaign is being delivered on behalf of NTCA by Newcastle Gateshead Initiative (NGI), North Tyneside Council and Visit Northumberland,...

NewcastleGateshead venues unite in £150m Covid fightback

Venues across Newcastle and Gateshead have united in a major campaign to bounce back from Covid and recapture the £150m a year business events and meetings market. A total of 35 venues ranging from major hotel chains to historic buildings have joined forces to help build back event organisers’...

North East’s Tourism stars celebrated as annual awards return

The region’s leading tourism businesses were celebrating last night (THURS) as the winners of North East England Tourism Awards were announced.  This year the annual awards, being held during English Tourism Week, were once again able to return to a full ceremony at Newcastle’s Civic Centre, after hosting a...

City tourism continues to bounce back from the pandemic and lockdowns 

As English Tourism Week gets into full swing, NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) has revealed demand for hotels during April and May continues to rise steadily. NGI is confident the demand now being experienced will continue into the summer as Newcastle prepares for several major events happening including Rugby Magic Weekend,...

Spreading the word about WeAreNewcastle campaign

Independent retailers, cafes, bars and restaurants in Newcastle’s neighbourhoods have joined forces to help spread the word about a new local pride campaign.  The WeAreNewcastle campaign was launched in February to celebrate what the city’s high streets and neighbourhoods have to offer residents.  Already more than 250 businesses have...

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WeAreNewcastle campaign set to support city’s neighbourhoods

A new campaign to help support Newcastle’s neighbourhoods and high streets recover from the pandemic will launch on Monday (Feb 21). NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) is delivering the WeAreNewcastle campaign, on behalf of Newcastle City Council, having received funding from the Government’s Welcome Back Fund via the European Regional Development...

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