Blow to North East tourism

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THE future of a city’s tourist information centre is being considered as its staff prepare to be championed among the best.

Durham County Council is looking at changes to the service, which could see Durham’s Millennium Place desk replaced with information points.

The news comes as staff were told they will be given a silver or gold award as part of the Enjoy England Awards after they were shortlisted as one of four in the running at April’s ceremony.

The council has said no decision has been made over the centre, or those in Stanhope and Barnard Castle, which are also said to be facing uncertainty.

A working group is still considering how to move forward with the service.

The council is looking at how it will deal with a £650,000 drop in cash from One North East to Visit County Durham, which delivers the majority of the area’s tourism services.

Coun Neil Foster said: “Cabinet members have already approved plans to seek ways to modernise this service and make it more affordable.”