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North East Tourism Boom Predicted For 2010

Monday, 01 February 2010

British holidaymakers are putting the North East back on the map as they flock to the region for holiday breaks, according to the UK's leading online tourism and accommodation directory iknow-uk.


The recession led to an increase in Brits choosing to holiday in the UK in 2009, and iknow-uk has seen a rise in people looking to escape to the North East for a break with 12 per cent of those taking a UK break choosing to spend it in the North East this year.


As a result of the increased demand for information on holidays to the region, the team behind iknow-uk has launched iknow-northeast.co.uk to cater for this market.  iknow-uk's new regional site is the definitive guide for people looking to plan, research and book accommodation and hospitality in the North East.


Marcus Simmons, iknow-uk's managing director, said:  "We've found that there are still masses of people who would rather holiday in their home country than go abroad - Britpacking is still as popular as ever and the North East seems to be a key destination for holidaymakers. 


Marcus continued: "From castles and famous bridges to stunning natural landscapes with Roman and Norman World Heritage Sites, the North East has enough tourist attractions to rival those of any country in the world."


Each iknow-uk site is specifically tailored to the region it represents, offering local knowledge and destination advice for users, in addition to a broad selection of accommodation options.


iknow-northeast.co.uk also offers customers specialist and quirky accommodation that could only usually be found through local recommendation.


Marcus comments: "Holidaying in the UK is more popular than ever,and Britpacking is set to be on the list of many holidaymakers in 2010,  so there is a great opportunity this year for the North East's accommodation providers.


Founded by Marcus in 2003 with the iknow-yorkshire website, iknow-uk now operates 14 regional websites for accommodation and hospitality providers including hotels, guest houses, holiday cottages and B&Bs.


iknow-uk's websites cover the UK's most popular tourist regions and are visited by almost a million users each month.


For more information, visit www.iknow-uk.com.


For holiday home owners owners looking to list on one of iknow's regional websites, should visit www.iknow-uk.com.






Notes to Editors:     

-          iknow-uk ltd launched iknow-yorkshire in September 2003. They have since launched iknow-lakedistrict, iknow-northwest, iknow-cornwall, iknow-devon, iknow-wales, iknow-scotland, iknow-dorset, iknow-kent, iknow-somerset, iknow-sussex, iknow-hampshire and iknow-northeast .

-          April 2009 saw the launch of a comprehensive hospitality section to iknow-yorkshire, which is also available on iknow-lakedistrict, iknow-northwest , iknow-devon, iknow-cornwall and soon to be available on iknow-wales.

-          Since their launch, the sites have received over 25 million visitors and created two million booking enquiries, which equates to £290 million worth of bookings, making iknow a leading authority on online bookings across the UK. 

 For enquiries contact iknow-uk on 01772 521166.