Success first time round

Carlo Biagioni and Philip Angier at the Tourism Fair.
Carlo Biagioni and Philip Angier at the Tourism Fair.

A TOURISM fair has been hailed a huge success by its new organisers.

The event, which took place at Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre on Tuesday, saw more than 130 of the region’s tourist attractions, festivals and service providers, as well as local businesses, exhibiting what they have on offer.

It was hosted by Local Living and Alnwick Chamber of Trade (Act) for the first time, who took over the reigns from Northumberland County Council, and supported by the Northumberland Gazette.

Philip Angier, chairman of Local Living, said: “We have had a lot of people coming through the doors, including people from the Scottish borders.

“We have had posters and banners around the town to attract members of the general public and we found they account for about 20 per cent of visitors.

“There has been a good footfall and there has been a lot of networking going on.”

David Taylor from Act added: “It was really important to keep this event going, if it hadn’t been taken on by Philip it would probably have died a death.”

Both added that Act and Local Living would host the event again next year.