Newcastle Pride set to boost regional tourism

Newcastle Pride set to boost regional tourism

Newcastle Pride, which annually attracts up to 70,000 people, is expected to boost the North East’s tourism trade when it returns next month.

The event, one of the largest free LGBT festivals in the UK, generated around 8,000 bed nights in 2015, with up to 14% of visitors opting to stay overnight.

With the event set to kick off on 15 July, accommodation providers across the city are gearing up for an even bigger influx of guests, with specific focus being drawn to the weekend’s music offering.

Anna Wadcock, general manager for Mercure Newcastle County Hotel, said:  “Being opposite Newcastle Central Station means we are at the heart of the action for many people visiting the city, including those who travel from far and wide to attend Newcastle Pride.

“This year we are proud to be directly sponsoring the festival’s website and showing our support for inclusivity by offering reduced accommodation rates to everyone taking part.”

Organised by regional LGBT charity, Northern Pride and sponsored by business improvement district company. NE1, Newcastle pride annually contributed around £9m to the North East economy.

Mark Nichols, chair of Northern Pride, said: “People travel from across the UK and around the world to take part in Newcastle Pride and this obviously has a great knock on effect for accommodation and travel operators both in Newcastle and the wider North East.

“We are delighted that Mercure Newcastle County Hotel has recognised these benefits and come on board to sponsor part of the festival, alongside other key businesses from across the region.”

This year’s event, which is one of the biggest in its nine year history, will include headline performances by 5ive and Heather Small, as well as appearances by acts including Jake Quickenden, Nathan Moor and Sonia. 




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