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Facts & figures

Tourism is hugely important to South Tyneside, generating around £363million in to the local economy. 

Destination Management Plan

Our Destination Management Plan sets out how South Tyneside plans to grow the volume and value of tourism to South Tyneside.

Download the Destination Management Plan1.91MB

Did you know?

  • 7.1 million people visited South Tyneside in 2019. This was up 8% on 2018*
  • Visitor expenditure (direct and indirect spend) in South Tyneside in 2019 was £363 million, up by 7% on 2018*
  • The number of people directly employed in tourism in South Tyneside in 2019 stood at 3,279. When indirect employment in the supply chain is taken into account total employment stands at 4,204*
  • Day visitors spend on average £30.86 per person*
  • Satisfaction levels are high, especially in relation to satisfaction with the event programme and things to see and do**
  • The South Tyneside Festival takes place throughout June, July and August making it one of the longest and largest festivals in the North East. It celebrated 30 years in its current format in 2018
  • The South Tyneside Festival is particularly well known for it's Sunday Concerts in July and has attracted artists in recent years such as Billy Ocean, Sister Sledge and The Proclaimers to Bents Park, our events arena at the heart of South Shields Seafront
  • The Festival's Summer Parade was re-launched a couple of years ago, and goes from strength to strength. More than 2000 people take part in it from around the North East, and it's the biggest carnival parade of its kind in the North East


* STEAM - An economic impact model that estimates the volume and value of toursm. The above figures relate to 2019, which is the most up-to-date available
** South Tyneside Visitor Survey 2019

Further information

For more details please contact Gillian Quinn on