Shepway Tourism Businesses Work Together

Tourism is an important and growing part of the Shepway economy. Data for 2015 shows that:

  • Tourism employs nearly 5,000 people locally (13% of all employment).
  • We received 4.6 million visitors.
  • Our visitors spent some £240 million.

Formed earlier this year the Shepway Tourism Business Advisory Board brings together some of the district’s key attractions and accommodation providers to:

  • Provide a voice on what would make a difference to put Folkestone, Hythe and Romney Marsh more firmly on the tourist map
  • Identify and potentially fund activities that will benefit the sector
  • Support and put pressure on others to provide or bid for resources.

Chaired by Bob O’Connor, Chief Executive of Port Lympne Reserve, and supported by the council, the board is developing a small number of actions which are likely to have a real impact on tourism. Its current focus is on a possible new tourism microsite to promote the area, and marketing campaigns.

If you are interested in the Board’s work please contact