Tourism providers in Northumberland are making the most of the county’s International Dark Sky Park status.
The announcement is likely to see astro-tourism boom over the winter months with October to March the best time to make the most of dark skies.
Cottages4u regional manager for Northumberland and Durham, Wendy Jennings, said: “We are well prepared for 2014 to be the year of Northumberland, and will be monitoring how this impacts on bookings as the year progresses.
“We also want to ensure our owners are prepared to help visitors make the most of night skies unlike anywhere else in the world, and will be offering advice and recommending they attend the training seminars being organised by Northumberland National Park, Kielder Water & Forest Park and the Kielder Observatory Astronomical Society.”
Alan Winlow, who lets a property adjacent to his own home near Rothbury, added: “We are just delighted that the area finally has the recognition it deserves. The groups involved have worked very hard for two years to build up to this, and we’re very grateful. Many people involved in tourism in the area are keen to ensure they can encourage holidaymakers to make the most of their visit. We aim to form a sub group for the Coquet Valley within the next few weeks to meet regularly to ensure we’re all working together to promote the area and its skies.”