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North East England where you can go back in time, stand out from the crowd or experience it all.

Every choice groups will ever want - and more!

Be part of it! Some well known personalities in the group travel sector have given their impressions of North East England as a group travel destination. Look out for their comments within the guide.

Welcome, inside you'll find all you need to help you make a successful group visit to one of England’s hottest group destinations. Visitor attractions, accommodation options, meal stop ideas, suggested itineraries and sources of further information. We'll also show you our

SIMON CALDER, Travel Editor of the Independent, TV & Radio Presenter. Simon became travel editor for The Independent in 1994 and began presenting for BBC2's Travel Show and the Holiday programme on BBC1. He now presents on LBC 97.3 and contributes regularly to BBC Breakfast News and GMTV and produces a weekly travel blog for Sky.com.

history & heritage and our cultural attractions and help you feel the warmth and friendliness of our welcome. With great ideas for off-the-beaten track breaks and a passionate and dedicated travel trade team to help you with any questions - it just couldn’t be easier to discover the spectacular and totally original North East England. Need more information? Visit our website, call or email:

TOM KEATING, North East England Blue Badge Guide. Tom is Chairman of the North East England Tourist Guides. He is also a member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding, The Guild of Registered Tourist Guides, Durham Tour Guides and the Group Travel Organisers Association.

STEVE REED, SRT Tourism. Based in Corbridge, Northumberland. SRT Tourism is a nationally recognised tourism consultancy with a strong emphasis on group travel. Putting tour planners together with hotels, attractions and tourist destinations, from all over the UK.

Jan Williams, North East England Blue Badge Guide. Jan was winner of the North East England Tourism Awards 2005 for "Best Tourism Ambassador", winner of the SMILE 2005 Tourism Employees Award and runner up for "Special Ambassador for Tourism” 2005 Alive Awards.

ROB YANDELL, Managing Editor & Publisher, Group Leisure Magazine. Rob has travelled the world, attending exhibitions & events in his capacity as managing editor & publisher of the entire Group Leisure portfolio. He was awarded elite status of the Group Travel Organisers' Association in 2007 for outstanding contribution to the GTOA.

www.groupsnortheastengland.com t: 0870 428 0810 e: enquiries@groupsnortheastengland.com North East England Getting here & getting around

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Special Features Festive Treats Tall Ships Races

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Take a meal stop

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Events around the region

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Award Winning North East England

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Northumberland

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NewcastleGateshead, Sunderland, South Tyneside & North Tyneside

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Durham

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Tees Valley

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Where to see us in 2010 Blue Badge Guides, Green Badge Guides, Boat Trips & Travel Services

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Accommodation Ratings and Access Ratings

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Tourist Information Centres

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At a Glance

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Map

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about group travel

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One North East Group Travel Guide 2010  

2010 edition of the Group Travel Guide for the North East of England.

One North East Group Travel Guide 2010  

2010 edition of the Group Travel Guide for the North East of England.

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