Tourism bosses responsible for promoting the North-East around the world visited the region over the weekend on a fact-finding mission.
VisitBritain staff, who help market the region in France, Germany, Holland, and Spain, visited attractions such as Holy Island, Bamburgh Castle and Matfen Hall, all in Northumberland, and the Bowes Museum in County Durham.
The North-East welcomes more than 5.2 million domestic and international visitors a year, who spend £1.1bn in the region.
A WALK took place yesterday to mark the anniversary of a battle which was waged more than 600 years ago.
The Battle of Neville's Cross was fought on October 13, 1346, when the army of King Edward III defeated Scotland's King David II.
Historian David Butler led a three-mile walk around the battle site near Durham City.
A COUNCIL has renewed its lease on land, which is used as allotments by gardeners.
The land in Seghill Road, Seaton Delaval, is owned by the Hastings Estate and is leased by Blyth Valley Council.
The authority has agreed to an increase in annual rental for the 3.3-acre site from £135 to £660.
A CAR scheme for disabled people will be on show at the Disability North event at the Metro Radio Arena this week.
The Motability Scheme provides cars, wheelchairs and scooters for more than 430,000 disabled customers and their families. The show is on from 9.30am to 5pm on Wednesday and Thursday