Dover District Council is showcasing White Cliffs Country on a global stage this month at World Travel Market - WTM London – where more than 140 international destinations are represented.
The global travel show, which is the largest industry gathering since the pandemic began, is taking place live and online this November 2021.
Tom Hall, Vice-President of Experience, Lonely Planet; Deirdre Wells, Chief Executive, Visit Kent; Chris Townend, Head of Investment, Growth & Tourism, DDC
In October 2021, Lonely Planet revealed Kent’s Heritage Coast as one of the best places in the world to visit, placing the region 4th in Best In Travel 2022. Featuring White Cliffs Country - with Kent's Heritage Coast the only UK destination to be included in the global guidebook - Lonely Planet praises the region for its commitment to sustainable tourism initiatives, with the regeneration of the historic town of Dover recognised within the region’s entry.
Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Leader of Dover District Council said: “We are delighted that Kent’s Heritage Coast has received this outstanding global recognition, affirming White Cliffs Country’s well-deserved place on the world travel stage, and recognising the regeneration of the historic town of Dover. To be included as the only UK region in Lonely Planet’s 2022 Best in Travel reflects the superior visitor experience offered by our breath-taking natural landscapes, of which we are extremely proud.
“This is a real credit to our local rural tourism industry, as we work to ensure our coast and countryside remain a wonderful place to visit for generations to come, and further strengthens White Cliffs Country’s position as a first-class destination that meets trends for experiential tourism with sustainable products. This will provide another boost to the local visitor economy and will complement our key partnership working to support economic growth for the future.”
Sonia Limbrick, Head of Cruise, Port of Dover, joins Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Leader, Dover District Council, at WTM London
Dover District Council is turbo-charging efforts to bring back tourists to the district following the pandemic. Research released at WTM London reveals that UK destinations, suppliers and attractions are set to see a sustained recovery in 2022 with inbound and domestic holidaymakers keen to explore the British Isles.
Showcasing White Cliffs Country on a global stage: WTM London takes place this November 2021
“We’re delighted to be showcasing White Cliffs Country at World Travel Market in London”, Cllr Bartlett said. “It’s the perfect opportunity to support our tourism businesses across the district, and to promote the district to major travel buyers on an international stage.
“We’re determined to see tourism playing a key role in our bounce back from the pandemic with new investment in attractions and experiences, and to build on the district’s excellent transport links with London and the near Continent to attract both domestic and international visitors.”
Find out more about White Cliffs Country exhibiting at WTM London 2021 here.
Visit the Industry Hub on the White Cliffs Country website for guidance and information for local businesses in Dover District's tourism industry.