High Speed 1 (HS1), operator of the most advanced railway line in the country as well as the three International stations at Ashford, Ebbsfleet and St Pancras, and two of Kent’s key historic houses are among the latest businesses to join Visit Kent as investor partners to promote the county.
Godinton, a well-preserved Jacobean home with medieval hall, is a relatively recent addition to the list of top places to visit in the county. Meanwhile, Chiddingstone Castle is a delightful destination in an idyllic setting with outstanding collections of Jacobean paintings, Egyptian and Buddhist artefacts, and Japanese armour.
Other new Visit Kent investors with a strong commitment to serving Kent produce to visitors and residents alike include the Goods Shed, at Canterbury, Rocksalt restaurant, at Folkestone, and Macknade Fine Foods, at Faversham.
Visit Kent, based in Canterbury, is a not-for-profit public/private partnership bringing the county’s local authorities, private businesses and organisations from across the tourism sector together to market their destinations and Kent at travel and trade fairs in the UK, in the US and in mainland Europe.
Sandra Matthews-Marsh, chief executive at Visit Kent, said: “We are always delighted to welcome new investors keen to showcase our county and its wide range of attractions and experiences.
“Time and again these special partnerships enables Kent and its individual businesses to punch well above their weight on the European and UK stage as well as farther afield.
“The enthusiasm of our investors, and their tremendous creativity, is what really impresses everyone who comes into contact with Visit Kent – from key travel trade buyers to our individual visitors.
“And this is why Visit Kent is considered by VisitEngland to be an example of a best practice destination management organisation with other areas of the country, which no longer benefit from generous public funding, now following in our footsteps.”
Kent’s 3,000 plus tourism, leisure and hospitality businesses contribute £3.4 billion to the Kent economy each year and support more than 63,000 jobs.
Visit Kent works closely with VisitBritain and VisitEngland to ensure that Kent gains a significant voice in marketing campaigns across the UK and on the world stage.
The Visit Kent team and its many partners regularly host media visits from national and international reporters and film crews keen to discover more about the county, its dramatic natural landscape, its historic houses and gardens, its many castles and attractions.