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Last summer saw the North East’s overseas visitors spending a total of £26 million in the region during the months of July, August and September.
According to VisitBritain, the North East welcomed 66,000 holiday visits during the holidays, an increase of 22% and the highest amount since 2008.
And, the increase in overseas tourists to the North East is growing at a faster rate than those to Scotland, Wales and the North West.
According to the results, the majority of oversea tourists are from Australia, America and Asia. Half of the holiday tourists are aged 16-34 and the big draws to the North East include the live music, football and Harry Potter locations such as Alnwick Castle.
Sarah Stewart, chief executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, also says Newcastle's International Airport could have something to do with it:
– Sarah Stewart, chief executive at NewcastleGateshead Initiative
The fact that Australian visitors feature so highly will, in no small part, be a result of the direct access provided by Emirates and demonstrates the work of Newcastle International Airport and Port of Tyne in establishing profile raising connections with major overseas destinations.
After Paul Gascoigne has appeared to suffer a relapse in his battle with alcohol, celebrities have tweeted words of support for the Geordie star.
And fellow former professional footballer, Chris Waddle, has joined in posting supportive messages. He recently posted this picture on twitter:
Love you mate http://t.co/OhAxWJhGNU
Police have identified two men who were killed in a collision near Barnard Castle, Co Durham, in the early hours of Saturday, 16th August.
21-year-old Grant Benson from Bartlemere and 27-year-old Gordon Nicky Davidson from Leekworth Gardens in Middleton-in-Teesdale were killed when the Audi A4 they were travelling in collided with a tree on the road near Barnard Castle at around 3:15am. Both men were declared dead at the scene. No other vehicles were involved.
The family of both men have paid tribute to them. Mr Benson’s family said Grant was a "beautiful, caring and loving person" and Mr Davidson's family said of Nick: "We were all so very proud of him and have been utterly devastated by this."
Sergeant Andy Sutherland from the roads policing unit is asking for anyone who may have seen the car in the time leading up to the collision to get in touch:
– Sergeant Andy Sutherland
I am especially keen to hear from anyone who saw either Grant or Nicky out in Barnard Castle on the Friday night. Collision investigators are continuing to work hard to piece together the events of the night and to establish the cause of collision.
Harry Redknapp has offered an open invitation to Paul Gascoigne to help out with coaching his young players at QPR as he voiced his concern for the former England midfielder's health.
The 47-year-old has a long history of problems with alcohol, and is said to have been taken away by emergency services from his home in Dorset on Thursday. Pictures published on Friday morning showed Gascoigne looking gaunt and almost unrecognisable from his days turning out for the likes of Tottenham and Newcastle.
Since relocating to the South Coast, Gascoigne now lives in close proximity to Redknapp, who revealed he would jump at the chance to give him a way back into the game.
''He is a great lad and it is just sad to see how he is looking at the moment,'' the QPR boss said. '"I saw him about a month ago and I said 'I will pick you up in the mornings Gazza, come training with me. Do a little bit of work with the kids'. I would love it if he would do that. If he wants to do it, I would pick him up every morning at 5:45am at the end of his road and bring him in.
"He could go and do some coaching with the kids. I would love it if he would do that - that is an open invitation to him."
After Paul Gascoigne has appeared to suffer a relapse in his battle with alcohol, celebrities have tweeted words of support for the former Newcastle United star.
Piers Morgan tweeted in the late hours of last night:
Come on Gazza, keep fighting. http://t.co/3AFsP1NMQK
Followed today by soul singer Steve Brookstein:
The Sun's coverage of Gazza is awful. Leave the guy alone. If you buy The Scum you are part of the problem.
And Chris Hodgson, Director of a football training programme and 1st team manager, has posted a picture of Gazza that was retweeted by his daughter, model and reality TV star, Bianca Gascoigne:
Not liking the pic of Gazza being circulated, SO let's post ones of how he shud be remembered! Destroying opposition http://t.co/eCwAoI2De9
These are the images of former England star, Paul Gascoigne, that have dominated this morning's tabloid front pages.
Earlier this week it was reported that Gascoigne could return to football after signing for a Sunday league club in Bournemouth.
But last night, police and the ambulance service were seen outside his penthouse flat in the Sandbanks area of Poole, Dorset. The star's battle with alcohol addiction has been well documented with him entering a rehab clinic in Southampton earlier this year.
The RNLI has described a yacht fire 10 miles off the North East coast as a 'very frightening situation'. The sailor abandoned the yacht and was unhurt.
– Hartlepool RNLI coxswain Robbie Maiden
‘Fortunately the sailor was uninjured but it was very sad to see his yacht burn and then sink so quickly. We understand the boat was his home and he was sailing from Iceland to Holland, but it looks like he’s lost nearly everything.
‘He seems to have done all the right things in what must have been a very frightening situation. He launched the liferaft correctly and had everything he needed to keep safe, including a lifejacket, flares and water. He’s now being looked after by the Coastguard and we wish him well for his journey home.’
A sinkhole has appeared on farmland in County Durham.
On Wednesday landowner John Hensby found a hole of about five metres in diameter on his land near Cowshill- he says that has now increased to around 30 metres.
– John Hensby
It appears to be extremely deep
This is an ex-lead mining area and prone to holes appearing - but nothing on this vast scale; its rate of growth is quite alarming.
A temporary closure is now in place for the nearby public footpath over fears the hole could increase in size