Adur, West & East Worthing Party including East Arun

Worthing’s new visitor centre set to welcome visitors

Photocall opportunity in English Tourism Week 10 – 19 March

1pm Tuesday 13 May 2012, VisitWorthing Information Centre, The Dome, 22a Marine Parade, Worthing, BN11 3PT  

with James Berresford, Chief Executive of VisitEngland,

 Champion Kite Surfer Lewis Crathern, and Worthing Mayor, Ann Barlow.

Worthing Tourism is at the heart of the councils’ regeneration programme and to recognise the importance of tourism in the area a brand new VisitWorthing Information Centre has been created.

Well over three million visitors flocked to the area, which covers Adur as well, who between them spend a whopping £160m per year in local businesses whether it is a ice cream or a bed for the week.  Last year over 350,000 visitors stayed over in the location with around 2.8million coming just for the day!  And this in turn supports3,155 full time jobs.

Deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration, Bryan Turner, says: “The 25/30,000 visitors who pop into the Centre each year get some excellent information as to the best places to stay and visit. In our new centre we are also planning to showcase some great local products; gifts, food and the like. We have operated two tourist information centres in Worthing for many years – a winter one next to the Museum and one on the seafront in the summer. We felt though that this wasn’t giving our tourists the best service so when a site came up at Worthing’s iconic Dome we jumped at the chance to relocate.”

James Berresford VisitEngland’s chief executive adds: “I’m delighted to be here in Worthing for the opening of the VisitWorthing Information Centre. Especially, as this week marks English Tourism Week, where the spot light is on the value of tourism to our economy and the importance of the industry to so many of us across the country.  I’m sure this new tourist information centre, in its excellent sea front location will be a real boost to the area and will be very busy over the coming months.”

Research shows that Visitor Information Centres can have a positive impact on the local economy – encouraging people to visit, stay longer and spend more money.  The new VisitWorthing Information Centre is a positive commitment by Worthing Borough Council to the local Tourism industry.

Eileen Suchodolski, manager of the new centre says: “Times are changing and customer expectations and visitor information centres are changing too.    Technology means that information delivery is developing fast and the VisitWorthing team are part of that process (via the VisitWorthing website), but many customers still look for a personal, warm welcome when arriving in town and that is just what they will get!.

The new Centre expects to be very busy this year as it gets set to welcome visitors for Worthing Pier’s 150th Birthday party on 12 April, the Adur Festival from 1 to 17 June, the huge street party on Worthing prom on 16 June for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Olympic Torch Flame going through Adur and Worthing on 16 July,  the brand new Adur and Worthing Food and Drink Festival (hic!) from 1-15 July and not forgetting the mad antics of the Worthing international Birdman competition over the weekend of 18/19 August.

The Information Centre is an accredited “VisitEngland Official Partner” and receives expertise, training and support from Tourism South East to achieve best practice and high quality services.

The Centre is being opened in English Tourism Week 10 – 18 March 2012 http://www.visitengland.org/

Lewis Crathern is renowned for is epic kite surfing jumps over Brighton and Worthing Piers and will be taking part in our Kite Surfing event in July and is a local legend – http://www.windmachine.biz/lewis/

Worthing is a classic British seaside town in West Sussex with a vibrant town centre. In one of the sunniest climates in the UK, Worthing is perfectly located to explore the refreshing open spaces of the South Downs and the natural beauty, fascinating history and many cultural delights throughout the region. Go to www.visitworthing.co.uk for further information about Worthing and details about the town’s attractions, what to do, where to stay and where to eat.

New opportunities for the centre currently being explored:

Ø      Improving the retail offer with a wider range of gifts and souvenirs.

Ø      Working with the Museum team to feature locally produced goods, arts and crafts, and some unique Worthing souvenirs.

Ø      Taking on new agencies and ticket sales to benefit our customers.

Ø      Offering some events ticket sales to assist local organisers.

Ø      Being a focal point for tourism businesses, local residents and visitors.

Ø      Offering improved advertising opportunities for Tourism related businesses.

 

 

One Comment

  1. Posted 15 Mar, 2012 at 9:06 am | Permalink

    should the date be 13 March 2012 not as shown?