Nottinghamshire part of new £1m, 300-mile Eastern England touring route
Nottinghamshire is one of a partnership of destinations from Hertfordshire to Northumberland which has secured £1m investment from the Discover England Fund to encourage more German visitors to explore Eastern England.
The money will be spent on creating a new 300-mile touring route between London and Northumberland that combines well-known visitor destinations with those that are off the beaten track. New itineraries will be developed that bring together attractions, accommodation options, places to eat and activities to create a route that is culturally rich and quintessentially English.
Sarah McCann, Head of Marketing for Marketing NG, the region’s official Place Marketing Organisation said: “From Robin Hood to Lord Byron and the Mayflower, our area has so much for international visitors and this project will help us to attract more people to visit and enjoy what we have to offer.
“We’re looking forward to the opportunity to work in partnership with colleagues to make it easier for people to plan and book a trip the length and breadth of Eastern England.”
The most recent STEAM visitor survey results showed Nottingham’s visitor economy to be worth £1.75bn, with over 36m visitors in 2016.
The project is being led by destination management and marketing organisation NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI) working with other destination organisations and local authorities up and down the country.
Sarah Stewart, Chief Executive of NGI, said: ‘We are delighted to secure this funding and to be working closely with partners on this exciting project. The touring route will bring economic benefits to the region and is a great opportunity for businesses to attract international visitors.
‘We know that Eastern England has so much to offer and we look forward to creating a route that showcases our history and countryside, our market towns and cities, and shines a light on a wonderful part of the country.’
Germany has been chosen as the target market because touring is a familiar and well-loved holiday choice for Germans and because there is good travel connectivity with Eastern England. The project has an emphasis on helping businesses to operate in the international market and make them bookable by independent travelers as well as tour operators and travel agents who are influential with German consumers.
The East of England Touring Route is one of a number of successful projects to receive funding from the UK Government’s £40 million Discover England Fund. The Fund is administered by VisitEngland and aims to ensure that England stays competitive in the rapidly growing global tourism industry, by offering world-class English tourism products to the right customers at the right time.
The fund is a central government funded programme of activity, supported by match funding by partners in the public and private sectors.
For more information about the Discover England Fund and East of England Touring Route go to http://www.visitbritain.org