Video: Scott Davidson, General Manager gives his reaction to ITV Tyne Tees on winning the national award.
Jesmond Dene House Hotel has been named City Hotel of the Year at the annual César awards. The awards are given to outstanding hotels across 10 different categories, each selected from hundreds of competing hopefuls throughout Great Britain and Ireland.
Desmond Balmer, joint editor of the Guide, said: “In well-maintained gardens in a wooded suburb of the city, Peter Candler has created an exceptional hotel with a country house feel.
The Arts and Crafts mansion has been beautifully furnished with a contemporary touch yet in keeping with the period. The attentive service by a young staff is particularly praised by our readers.”
David's death was a great shock. David was involved with Northumberland Tourism for a long time. He was involved in the management of flagship hotels and pushed the bar of those hotels. Doxford Hall was one of the leading hotels and [David] provided a great service. So there is disappointment he is not here to take things forward.
– Jude Leitch, Tourism Development Manager, Northumberland Tourism
David Hunter, a founding director of the Northumberland Tourism organisation, collapsed last Sunday at his home after a seemingly small accident while on holiday with wife Sue in the resort of Icmeler.
The 59-year-old was rushed to hospital where specialists carried out scans before discovering a blood clot on his lung.
Despite receiving emergency treatment, the father-of-two suffered a heart attack in the early hours of Monday and he died in hospital the next day.
Mr Hunter was born in Hartlepool and grew up in Morpeth, Northumberland.
Tourism in Newcastle and Gateshead is growing despite difficult economic conditions, according to new figures. In 2011, overnight tourists were up by 5%. Events such as the Turner Prize at the Baltic art museum on the Quayside are being credited for the increased number of visitors.
Despite the recession several new developments have opened. The NewcastleGateshead Initiative compiled the figures. Sarah Stewart from NewcastleGateshead Initiative hopes the trend will continue into 2012 due to The Olympics.
A mobile signposting service in Durham city centre is hoping to recruit another 10 to 15 volunteers as the high season for tourists reaches its peak.The 54 pink-uniformed volunteers in the Market Place are currently helping more than 100 people each day.
As well as giving directions to places of interest, the Pointers are ideally placed to advise visitors on how to access more detailed tourism information. They also help motorists adrift in the city centre, explain the location of park and ride bus stops and answer public transport queries.
The Durham Pointers project is funded by Durham Area Action Partnership until the end of September 2012 but organisers are confident that its success to date means that additional days on Bank Holidays and at Christmas may be possible this year.