All the latest tourism news from across the North East. Read the latest tourism stories, features and events from Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and County Durham.

Balmoral cruise liner

Cruise company Fred Olsen to base flagship liner the Balmoral at Port of Tyne

The Balmoral will sail to 11 destinations around UK and Europe during the summer of 2016, Fred Olsen Cruise Lines said

Brenda Blethyn as DCI Vera Stanhope

Vera new series: Brenda Blethyn reveals she's loving playing detective as Vera returns for fifth run

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The ITV show begins again on Easter Sunday and it's star reveals she's far from her glum alter ego on the set of the series

Hit Danish TV show The Killing

Kate Fox: Things we could pick up from the North East's Scandinavian tourists

Journal columnist Kate Fox on why we should point tourists towards our hidden delights such as Billingham (which is like Nice)

Hundreds of cars for export line the foreground,with the Bergen ferry behind

Norway to Newcastle ferry route given fresh hope after Budget announcement

North East gets a £300,00 tourism boost in the 2015 Budget to try and encourage more visitors from Scandinavia

Roly Lee, from Craster, who is hoping to land an extra's role in Beowulf

Extras hoping for a part in ITV's Beowulf epic

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The stars of the 13-hour Beowulf epic have been named but who will provide the faces in the Anglo Saxon crowds?

The $25m Challenger 350 that Annitsford-based Naljets have added to their fleet

Newcastle private jet operators take delivery of $25m Challenger 350 jet

Naljets have added the executive jet to their existing fleet used to transport businesspeople and stars around the world

Roseate terns, one of the UK's rarest seabirds

Police fund cash helps Northumberland seabird colony

Cash boost for rare roseate terns on Coquet Island which is home to thousands of breeding seabirds

Dark Skies: North Amercia nebula Kielder Obs

Northumberland marks first anniversary of Dark Sky designation

Starry skies bring an upsurge in business as visitors flock to see unpolluted heavens from Northumberland International Dark Sky Park

Baroness Kramer visits Hexham Railway Station to announce formal designation of the Tyne Valley Line as a community rail service

Campaign mounting to have Tyne Valley railway line electrified

A campaign is mounting in Northumberland to have the Tyne Valley railway line electrified

The Sage Gateshead

The Journal Opinion: All eyes on the tourism prize

The Journal's opinion column for Wednesday, November 12, where we look at tourism in the region

A view of Kielder Forest in Northumberland National Park

Countdown to North East Tourism Awards 2014 almost over

Glitzy award ceremony at the Stadium of Light will see the region's top tourism businesses crowned

The Holystone Lodge

Secret Diner Review: The Holystone Lodge, North Northumberland

'Comfortable, interesting and confident cooking' is on the menu at the popular restaurant, which enjoys a gem of a location

People walking at Hadrian's Wall, Northumberland

Deputy Prime Minster to launch bid to increase tourism in North East

New strategy to divert tourism to the North of England to be announced by Deputy Prime Minister

NGI chief executive Sarah Stewart

North East toasts strongest tourism figures since onset of 2008 recession

People from Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands most likely to visit as region's economy nets £88m from tourism in first six months of 2014

Hadrians Wall

North East tourism: European funding 'desperately needed' to help growth in 2015

Northern Tourism Alliance says the European Commission must recognise the region's success stories with more funding in response to tourism inquiry

Soldiers prepare to airlift an avalanche victim in Thorong La pass area, Nepal

Tom Gutteridge: Taking on the Annapurna Circuit armed with dried beef stroganoff

After the Nepal mountain disaster, The Journal's columnist recalls an ill-prepared trek in this beautiful but deadly landscape

MP Pat Glass and Tristram Hunt MP, Shadow Education Secretary, speak to head teachers at St. Bede's School in Lanchester

North East jobs market failing pupils from disadvantaged North East schools

More jobs are needed in the region to keep talented youngsters who are leaving education, according to a North East MP

The Benevolent Awards Ceremony: The winners are named

Bars and restaurants have been crowned the cream of the North East

Oliver Maurice

One man's mission to protect natural and built heritage

Ex-North National Trust boss in pilgrim walk to rase conservation funds.

Ringtons teas

Now tourists can take taste of Northumberland home

Long-established North East company Ringtons is to supply tourist information centres across Northumberland


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