In the borough of Scarborough and Whitby alone, tourism is estimated to bring in £470 million each year.
As the latest jobs figures are released, we hear the differing experiences of two young people, in looking for work
Durham County Council's Cabinet has voted unanimously to close the last five council run elderly care homes.
Teesside University has paid tribute to their student Matthew Jordan, whose body was found in Lake Windermere on April 15.
It says whole university community is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of the school of social sciences & law student, who went missing on March 27.
Dr Mark Simpson, Dean of the School of Social Sciences & Law, said:
"Matthew came to us from sixth form having made a firm decision to study criminology, as his ambition was to be a member of the police force.
"He was well liked and was described by tutors as being extremely mature in his approach and popular in the group.
"Our deepest sympathies and thoughts are with his family and friends at this tragic time and we want to extend that support to students and the wider university community."
Visit England CEO, James Berresford, says we need visitors to get out and about spending money to help support the local economy.
Today is set to be the busiest day on the roads so far this year as people get away for Easter.
With more than 15 million cars on the move, drivers are being urged to consider delaying their journey until the afternoon of Good Friday, when traffic is expected to be relatively quiet.
Nearly 50,000 people are expected to fly out of Newcastle Airport over the Easter weekend, which is nearly five percent higher than in 2013.
A woman who was found dead at a house in Hartlepool has been identified as Angela Smeaton, 50. Police said post-mortem tests showed she had died because of a wound to her left arm.
46-year-old Paul Smart, who lived at the house where she was found, has been charged with murder. He has appeared before magistrates in Hartlepool and is due to appear again at Teesside Crown Court tomorrow.
The mother of Matthew Jordan, whose body was recovered from the water at Windermere yesterday, has paid tribute to her "fantastic, friendly and humorous" son.
Clare Jordan said: "We found you Matthew. We love you dearly and are taking you home to be at peace."
Almost 500 new train carriages will be built by Hitachi at its new factory in Newton Aycliffe, creating 730 jobs.
The Class 800 trains will start running on the East Coast line in 2018. The Department for Transport announced funding of £2.7 billion for the project.