Search

Suffolk's tourist draw is a goldmine

PUBLISHED: 01:36 19 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

THE National Trust's newest tourist attraction in Suffolk is being advertised nationally to help bring visitors to the county.

Suffolk Coastal District Council launched its annual holiday guide at the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon ship burial site overlooking Woodbridge and officers prepared to start an advertising campaign on Boxing Day.

THE National Trust's newest tourist attraction in Suffolk is being advertised nationally to help bring visitors to the county.

Suffolk Coastal District Council launched its annual holiday guide at the Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon ship burial site overlooking Woodbridge and officers prepared to start an advertising campaign on Boxing Day.

Copies of the guide will be sent to homes across the United Kingdom and other countries. The national network of Tourist Information Centres will feature the guide and it will be promoted in national newspapers and women's magazines.

This will help everyone ranging from one-bedroom accommodation to hotels to attract business – in 1999 the tourist industry was worth £123m to the Suffolk Coastal area – and to take advantage of their proximity to the National Trust site. It is estimated that 50,000 people will visit Sutton Hoo. The historical site is featured in the guide.

The guide bills the Suffolk coast as ''unspoilt and unforgettable'' and council chairman Doreen Savage said: ''More people than ever are discovering what a great place Suffolk Coastal is in which to live, work or play and the guide paints a marvellous picture of what we have to offer across our district.''

The 65,000 guides produced are a record-breaking number and they feature 175 places to stay and attractions to visit. This is an increase of 5,000 copies on last year and the increase was made in response to the heavy demand and interest shown in Suffolk Coastal as a holiday spot.

Mrs Savage said: ''The importance of tourism and leisure cannot be underestimated. It is a real source of employment and income, and the problems experienced last year in the tourist industry, although not as devastating for our area as some other parts of the country, does mean that we need to do all we can to boost that area of the economy.''

A copy of the guide is appearing on the council's website for the first time.

Internet link: www.suffolkcoastal.gov.uk/leisure


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ipswich Star. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Ipswich Star