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Tourism contributed more than £1 billion to Durham’s economy for the first time ever in 2022, the latest industry research has revealed.

Last year, 17.9 million people visited the county, spending a record-breaking £1.04 billion. This is an increase of 25.6 per cent on 2021 and 8.76 per cent on 2019 and demonstrates how the county’s visitor economy is back on track following the coronavirus pandemic.

Visit County Durham, the county’s Destination Management Organisation and Durham County Council’s tourism service, has welcomed the results, attributing the £1 billion milestone to the innovation and resilience of the sector, along with strategic work to develop Durham’s visitor offer and attract investment.

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