World Tourism Day
To celebrate World Tourism Day, staff from North Tyneside Council and DFDS Seaways will give free postcards to visitors arriving from North Western Europe at the Port of Tyne, North Shields. Tourism in North Tyneside attracts around 6 million visitors annually and the industry features an increasingly international dimension. North Tyneside was recently recognised as an outstanding example of best practise at the European Sustainable Tourism awards for its innovative range of activities encouraging year-round use of Tynemouth Longsands beach. Northumbria School of English in Whitley Bay regularly hosts students from around the world and was recently the month-long home to thirty teenagers from the Foggia region of Italy. The UKPSA surf open each October attracts surfers from South Africa, Australia and France, and visitors surveyed at this year’s Mouth of the Tyne Festival included people from as far afield as Switzerland and Hong Kong. Tourism is an effective way of sustaining jobs, encouraging togetherness and providing opportunities for cultural experiences.