Tees Valley Tourism

The sky's the limit for our new Tees Valley website and business travellers guide

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Our newly designed website and 'Conference & Meetings Guide" was unveiled at Middlesbrough Football Club on Thursday 13th October at 1pm with a champagne reception. At the same time the Bureau released 100 balloons into the skies above the stadium with a competition attached directing those lucky enough to find a balloon to the website!

Prizes have been donated by local venues and include dinner, bed and breakfast for 2 at Gisborough Hall Hotel and lunch at Middlesbrough Football Club.

The launch is part of a marketing push by Tees Valley Tourism Bureau to attract more visitors to the area and raise awareness of the Tees Valley as a new and exciting place to visit for business or pleasure.

The 40 page 'Business Travellers Guide' contains details of 22 conference venues - ranging from historic hotels to modern stadia and the conference web site offers a search for venues with a link back to the leisure site which has special offers and where to stay, eat and shop in Tees Valley.

The event was attended by many of the areas hoteliers and event companies whose venues are featured in the guide.  Avril Brown, Hospitality Manager at the Durham University Queens Campus Stockton said:  "The new Guide and website will afford Tees Valley venues the opportunity to showcase the wealth of first class conference and leisure facilities available which, when coupled with the professionalism and friendliness of our staff, will guarantee customers will keep coming back."

New domestic and internatiomal routes serving Durham Tees Valley Airport from major UK and European cities started last year and have increased local occupancy rates to their highest ever levels.  Tees Valley Tourism Bureau is now seizing the opportunity to attract the lucrative incoming business market.

Corporate meetings, conference and incentive travel business is being sought from event organisers in the UK and France, Italy and Ireland.

Sue Crawley, Head of Business Tourism at Tees Valley Tourism Bureau, says, "We believe European business visitors will be attracted by the ease of access, the variety of attrractions available in a new location, as well as the value offered by meeting venues."

"Tees Valley offers an experience of England in miniature, with the coast, National Parks, historic cities and countryside villages all within striking distance.  recent Italian visitors reported back that they especially appreciated the local food and the quirky country house hotel."

The Tees Valley leisure and business tourist trade has been growing steadily in the region in recent years and now accounts for £393 million spend per annum.

The conference guide will be distributed to selected buyers in Ireland, italy and France, through exhibitions in Paris, Rome, EIBTM in Barcelona and IMEX in Frankfurt, as well as UK exhibitions.


For more information, or copy of the new brochure, please contact:

Victoria Smiley or Lynda Clayton at Tees Valley Tourism Bureau

Tel 01642 264937

Email victoria.smiley@teesvalley-jsu.gov.uk

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