A record number of tourists visited Yorkshire last year, due in no small part to the county hosting the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.
From January to September overseas visits to Yorkshire went up by 12 per cent to 1.08 million and these tourists spent a total of £465 million. The strongest growth in visits came from Australia, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and USA.
Holiday visits in particular, across the first nine months of 2014, saw a significant jump of 32 per cent and the amount spent by tourists whilst holidaying went up by 70 per cent. Strong holiday visit growth came from France, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland, Spain and USA.
In the third quarter, covering July, August and September, there were 472,000 overseas visitors to the county, breaking previous records and up 19 per cent on 2013. A total of £230m was spent during this three-month period up one per cent on 2013.
Yorkshire is playing a big part in helping to drive Britain's record tourism boom. Last year's Tour de France Grand Depart showcased the best of this wonderful region to the world and now it is about keeping up that momentum. It is why we have launched a £10 million fund to help strengthen tourism in the North and why the Deputy Prime Minister and myself have met key stakeholders in Sheffield, including Welcome to Yorkshire's Gary Verity, to discuss what more can be done to help further growth in the region.
Yorkshire’s global profile has never been higher – and this is further evidence of the huge beneficial impact of bringing the world’s largest annual sporting event to the county. We know when visitors from around the world come to Yorkshire to see it for themselves they fall in love with the county, which in turn helps drive up repeat visits. The new Tour de Yorkshire international cycle race starting this May will help us capitalise on the foundations already laid.
Petrol stations insome of the most remote areas could soon claim back up to five pence per litre of tax.
The government wants to bring down fuel prices in the areas around Hawes in North Yorkshire but the plans still need European Council approval.
Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, says it will benefit the most isolated areas:
Petrol stations in two of the North East's most remote areas could claim back up to 5p per litre in tax within a few months.
The government wants to bring down fuel prices in Hawes in North Yorkshire and the area around Bellingham and Wark in Northumberland.
The proposals need approval from the European Council before they can be implemented.
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A controversial map produced by Newcastle City Council shows that people in the North East are bearing much higher cuts than those in the south.
The 'heat map' reveals that many councils here have seen funding reduced by more than £225 per head, compared to an increase in southern authority areas.
It also says that the region has seen a near 20% decrease in its spending power, compared to 6.1% in the South East.
New figures released today show only one NHS Trust in our region was meeting the Government's own target of seeing 95% of A&E patients in four hours over the New Year Period.
Hospitals in Newcastle have even asked for staff from other departments to volunteer to work in A&E.
Meanwhile, doctors have warned this year's flu vaccine might not protect against all strains, after a mutation of the illness. They said this could be contributing to to some of the extra accident and emergency admissions.
You can watch our Health Correspondent Frances Read's report below.
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A campaign charity is urging people struggling with their finances after Christmas to come forward and seek help.
Thrive, based on Teesside, aims to close the gap between the rich and the poor.
It warns the region is facing a debt crisis this year unless action is taken.
135 jobs will go in the North East and North Yorkshire after the administrators of City Link announced a deal to keep the delivery firm afloat foundered.
A workforce of just 371 will remain to process parcels still in the network and to help wind down operations.
Administrators Ernst & Young said that an offer for the firm had been made by a consortium "which offered no money up front" and that no deal had been reached.
The National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers has announced that it has been made aware of a credible bidder to possibly take over some or all of the City Link trading operation.
"Within the past 24 hours RMT has been made aware of what we believe to be a credible bid to take over some or all of the City Link trading operation.
At this stage we have no further details and we understand the matter is in the hands of the administrators with the government and Vince Cable aware of the situation.
With today key in terms of redundancies RMT is urging the administrators to suspend the redundancy process and work with the Government and ?the administrators to urgently evaluate and act on any viable options that could keep City Link trading as a going concern."