Get out and explore Nottinghamshire this English Tourism Week
VisitEngland is shining a spotlight on the country’s tourism industry in a week devoted to travel and exploration during English Tourism Week (ETW) which begins tomorrow (Saturday) and runs until 25 March. The county’s regional tourism body Visit Nottinghamshire is encouraging people to get out and explore the region as its new 2018/19 visitor guide is launched.
Now in its seventh year, ETW raises the profile and showcases the benefits of the tourism industry to local communities and the economy.
The undoubted highlight in Nottinghamshire is the region’s first ever puppet festival, which begins next Thursday (22nd) and runs for four days across the city. The Grand Tour arts exhibition also returns on the 23rd to the Nottingham Contemporary, Harley Gallery and locations in Derbyshire.
Sarah McCann, Head of Marketing for Visit Nottinghamshire, the tourism arm of Marketing NG said: “Most recent figures show that tourism benefits the local economy to the tune of over £1.7bn and we’re keen to remind everyone locally to make the most of all which is on our doorstep.
“We’re sure the puppet festival is going to be a great draw into the city next week but it’s just one of many great independent attractions across the region and the new visitor guide contains everything people need to get out and explore.”
VisitEngland is working with television presenter Julia Bradbury to encourage more Brits to explore the country and discover all there is to see and experience on their doorstep this spring. Julia has selected a few of her favourite things to do in springtime in a short film.
Julia Bradbury, television presenter & co-founder of The Outdoor Guide said: “Springtime in England is such an exciting time with our beautiful countryside leaping to life as it stirs from its winter slumber. From wildflowers to new-born animals, from heritage buildings reopening to mouth-watering seasonal food, it’s one of the best times to blow off the cobwebs, get outdoors and explore the amazing landscapes, experiences and activities on your doorstep.
“Whether I’m exploring the Wainwright Fells in the Lake District, tasting local scallops in Rye or wildlife watching on the Dorset coast, I’m always amazed by the hidden gems I find. I’d encourage everyone to take advantage of the great savings, offers and events being held this English Tourism Week and discover more of the country for themselves.”
Latest VisitEngland statistics show that from January to November 2017 Brits took more than 44 million domestic holidays, spending in excess of £10 billion on staycations, up five and six per cent respectively compared to the same period in 2016.
VisitEngland Director Andrew Stokes said: “English Tourism Week is all about celebrating the value and quality of tourism in England, and there are many great reasons to explore what’s on your doorstep.
“The range of activities, from our quiet and cosy countryside to our roaring and vibrant cities, gives our nation a rare flare you would struggle to find elsewhere in the world. And all steeped in our rich and wonderful heritage.
“The whole industry comes together during English Tourism Week to showcase the variety of tourism products across the country engaging locals and encouraging them to be tourists within their own area.”
To promote tourism during the week VisitEngland has created an events website for people to find out about, and book, activities with many offering discounts and incentives to encourage visitors.
Find out about all local and regional events at: www.visitengland.com/english-tourism-week and download the new Nottinghamshire visitor guide from www.visit-nottinghamshire.co.uk