LEISURE bosses are urging South Tynesiders to enjoy summer holiday fun right on their own doorstep.
As part of the first-ever English Tourism Week, the borough is showcasing the best it has to offer.
Tourism contributes more than £200m a year to South Tyneside’s economy, supports more than 3,000 jobs and attracts up to five million visitors from around the world.
And as more families opt for ‘stay-cations’ in tough financial times, council chiefs are reminding people of the many local delights they have close to hand.
Coun Tracey Dixon, lead member for leisure and community safety on South Tyneside Council, said: “Tourism attracts over five million people to South Tyneside every year.
“Their contribution to the borough’s economy is enormous, as they spend their money in our restaurants, bars, shops and other attractions. We are fortunate to have such a beautiful coastline, but we also view it as an economic asset, which is why the council has invested heavily to maximise its potential.”
“What we have here is a truly world-class seaside resort with a Blue Flag beach and all the traditional family attractions you would expect.
“We’ve got a fantastic fairground, amusement arcades, ice cream parlours and award-winning cafes, curry houses and fish and chip restaurants.”
English Tourism Week was created by VisitEngland, the country’s national tourist board.
It aims to use events like the Olympic Games and Diamond Jubilee to encourage more visitors to our shores during 2012.
For more details on English Tourism Week, log on to www.visitengland.org