Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Key Role in Tourism Awaits

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Key Role in Tourism Awaits

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TOURISM experts believe the hall's location has huge potential for public benefit.

Close to the coast in South East Northumberland, the hall would play a key role in economic and social regeneration and as a place of cultural, heritage and tourism excellence.

Chris Little, tourism and culture investment manager for One North East, said a conservative estimate was that if taken in by the National Trust, the hall would attract 50,000 visitors a year who would spend around pounds 850,000 a year.

This would create about 30 jobs at the hall and in the surrounding area.

But a wider benefit would be the value of the hall in improving the image of the North East.

"The National Trust is an important, respected and recognised organisation and the hall would really add to the depth of the region's tourism offer," said Mr Little.

"It would give South East Northumberland something which it does not have at the moment and would boost the local economy. …

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