The North East had an 8% growth (372,000 people) in visitors in 2014. There was also a 3% rise in spending - £181m.
A VisitBritain report revealed more international tourists began travelling across the country than ever before.
It's thought the Tour de France played a part in the record number of visitors to Yorkshire last year (12%, reaching a new record of 1.08 million). London saw a rise of 6%.
The A64, near York, remains closed southbound between the A19 and A1036 because of an accident. Emergency services are at the scene.
A cold start with patchy fog slow to clear. It should be a dry day with most places seeing some wintry sunshine.
Winds will be light. Maximum Temperature 2C.
Paul Brand presents this month's political programme from Westminster.
North East MPs Bridget Phillipson and Ian Swales are among the guests to discuss the ups and downs of the election campaign so far.
Also in the programme; how much do we need to earn, to be able to have a decent life?
Join Paul Brand for Around The House, tonight (Thurs 22 January) at the new earlier time of 10.40pm.
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An elderly couple were tied up by three men who broke into their home in Harrogate, before stealing cash and jewellery.
Police said the couple were 'shaken' after the burglary, but afterwards they managed to untie themselves and contact their daughter, who rang for help.
Two of the men were wearing masks and hoods to hide their faces when they broke into the house on South Park Road, between 6:15pm and 7pm on Tuesday, 20th January. The victims did not see the third man.
The men stole about £200 in cash and some jewellery. The couple suffered minor injuries to their hands and wrists.
Det. Insp Bill Burns of North Yorkshire Police said it was 'fortunate' that they were not seriously hurt.
“If you saw any suspicious people or vehicles in the South Park Road area of Harrogate on Tuesday evening I urge you to get in touch.
“I would like to remind residents that this kind of incident is unusual in North Yorkshire but to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious to the police.”
The much-anticipated route of the Tour de Yorkshire has been announced.Read the full story ›
A B&B in North Yorkshire has been named the 'best in the world' by holiday review site Trip Advisor.Read the full story ›