The number of applications for My Kent Big Weekend 2013 tickets topped 92,200 when the ballots closed at midnight on Monday (February 18) – a staggering 11,000 more than for last year’s record-breaking event.
Everyone who is successful in the ballots for 17,000 tickets to more than 120 top county visitor destinations and experiences will receive their free tickets via email – two per Kent household – by March 8.
“The enthusiasm for this great Kent event showcasing our tourism and leisure businesses to Kent people just continues to grow and grow,” said Sandra Matthews-Marsh, chief executive at Visit Kent, the county’s tourism champions and organisers of My Kent Big Weekend.
“As a grand finale for English Tourism Week, My Kent Big Weekend on March 23 and 24 will be a great opportunity for us to celebrate all these destinations on our doorstep. They help tourism contribute more than £3.4 billion to the county economy each year and support thousands of jobs.
“Tourism and visitor businesses make a huge contribution to our quality of life in Kent not least in ensuring our county’s many historic buildings and our heritage are preserved for generations to come.
“Tourism is conserving not only our iconic castles and cathedrals but also the many smaller gems to be discovered in our towns and villages – frequently open for us all to enjoy as pubs, restaurants, B&Bs or boutique hotels.
“As an industry sector, tourism is perfectly placed to help us drive the Kent economy forward quickly and efficiently creating vital jobs with entry-points at all levels and great career opportunities.
“We have outstanding coast and countryside. Just a quick look at the wide range of attractions on the My Kent Big Weekend 2013 website clearly demonstrates that we have the creative talent and the entrepreneurs able and willing to grow Kent as a top visitor destination. They deserve all the support we can give them.”