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Work starts on 160-room Hilton hotel in Newcastle

Work is underway on a new 160-room city centre hotel in Newcastle that will bring another landmark, luxury hotel to the city.

The Hampton by Hilton complex is being built opposite Newcastle Central Station, which itself is currently undergoing a multi-million pound makeover. It will see the existing eight storey Baron House located on Neville Street turned into the hotel and should be completed by May next year.

The three-phase construction will create an extra 100 jobs for local tradesmen and designers.

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Celebrate English Tourism Week

Get involved with English Tourism Week (29 March – 6 April 2014) and help us to showcase the value of our industry brings to local communities and to local and regional economies.

Organised by VisitEngland, the national initiative is designed to:

  • Increase awareness among consumers including local residents who can discover the delights on their doorstep and visitors from further afield who can experience England, its variety, accessibility and value.
  • Raise the profile and understanding of tourism with decision makers, the media, those who work in the industry and those considering a career in the industry.
  • Provide a national framework for local destinations, businesses and organisations to use to build their own marketing and PR campaigns.

If you’re planning any events for ETW 2014, submit your event to the VisitEngland website to ensure they’re getting national profile and are part of their communications during the week. All events will be displayed on an English Tourism Week micro site via an events platform that will be promoted through VisitEngland’s PR and social media channels in the build up to the week.

Events can be submitted here: Events can also be promoted on twitter by using #ETW14.

NewcastleGateshead Initiative will be joining the celebrations through various events and profile raising activity, including: Distribution 2014 – the largest business-to-business tourism showcase in the North East. The event will take place on Friday 4 April, 11am – 1pm at Newcastle Racecourse. And we’ll be working with key stakeholders, MPs and the media to further raise the profile of the scale, scope and importance of the tourism sector.

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North East welcomes Commonwealth Leaders

Newcastle has been selected as one of five UK cities to host Commonwealth leaders participating in the prestigious CSCLeaders programme taking place in the UK this week.

CSCLeaders assembles exceptional senior leaders from across the Commonwealth to tackle challenges that businesses, governments and society face today and build the global relationships needed by the leaders of tomorrow.

Members of the group in Newcastle include the Head of Technology from De Beers, the Vice President of the University of Alberta, the General Secretary of the Communication Workers Union of Malawi and the State Leader NSW for Mission Australia.

Over three days the group will meet more 20 of our region’s leaders from all sectors including; James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive of NECC, Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive of NGI, Lucy Armstrong, Chief Executive of The Alchemists and Jane Robinson, Chief Executive of Gateshead Council as they investigate the Challenge: “How do you get societal - as well as economic - value out of technological innovation?"

James Ramsbotham, Chief Executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce, who will be one of the first people to welcome the group to the region said; “The North East is an incredibly dynamic part of Britain with a strong manufacturing base and a proud reputation for export success. Having been at the forefront of innovation in the industrial revolution, North East businesses are again delivering exciting developments across a wide range of key sectors. We are excited to be able to host this important group of leaders from throughout the Commonwealth and to share with them the great reasons to do business in the North East of England.”

The group’s visits will include some of our region’s landmarks including Nissan, Blackfriars Restaurant, a boat trip down the river Tyne, The Angel of the North and an evening spent dining in the homes of local hosts in order for the group to sample real ‘Geordie Hospitality’ as they explore how best practice from the North East can contribute to innovative and practical solutions with a global impact.

Fiona O’Connor, Operations Director for Common Purpose in the North East said: “Experiencing the diversity of what the North East has to offer is all part of developing the Cultural Intelligence of our Commonwealth leaders – their ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures. We have a great history of innovation in our region, and we are now establishing an international reputation for innovation in newly emerging sectors too. Common Purpose is delighted to be bringing together civic, business and academic leaders from the North East to showcase examples of their expertise, know-how and technology to senior leaders from across the Commonwealth, and to develop future networks for international dialogue and cooperation. Engaging with such a diverse group of international leaders through CSCLeaders, brings a fresh perspective on leadership and will also highlight opportunities and new networks for our own regional businesses too.”

The whole CSCLeaders group will reconvene in Oxford where the findings from the North East will be incorporated into practical project proposals that will be further tested in Singapore, Toronto, Delhi and Lagos over the coming months.

CSCLeaders is sponsored by BP, Weir Group plc, Glencore, Anglo American, PwC, Powercorp and Crowdicity and has additionally been supported in the north east by Newcastle University and NCFE.

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