A fleet of 58 Dutch yachts moored in Newcastle as part of a tour of North Sea ports, which also included Hartlepool. The visit comes after a two-year wooing campaign by tourism officials, keen for the sailors to make the North East a regular stop.
The arrival of 58 Dutch yacht crews in Newcastle is the end of a two-year wooing campaign by North East tourism officials, who hope to convince them that the North East would make a regular holiday spot.
The sailors will now be treated to a packed three-day itinerary, which includes coach trips to the Angel of the North and Houseteads Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall. They will also be given a drinks reception at the Discovery Museum in Newcastle.
"We wanted to show off our city"
Adrian Waddell , of NEI, said: "We were determined to show off our city and our new Marina to yachtsmen who regularly travel long distances but have previously missed out the North East from their voyages. "