Did you know that 14% of the workforce in the district is employed in the tourism industry? This generates £411.4 million to our local economy.

Tourism is one of the main ways in which we can boost the local economy. But research carried out over the last two years has shown that as a district we need to improve our appeal to visitors. We need to do this by developing events and activities which will be attractive to visitors all through the year, and by increasing the amount of accommodation available so people can stay for longer.

As a result, Chichester District Council and the Chichester BID (Business Improvement District) have agreed to jointly invest £100,000 each year for the next five years to help reinvigorate and expand the activities of Visit Chichester. This investment will help Visit Chichester to expand its activities, so that it can match the efforts of destination organisations in other areas to attract visitors. It will also help with generating new funding methods and applying for external funding. A Destination Management Plan will be developed to increase the profile of Chichester District as a whole, encouraging new inward investment in facilities and attractions, bringing new events to the district, and developing a successful year-round tourism offer.

We also aim to carry out a review of accommodation in the district, which will include a seasonal occupancy survey. This will help us assess the need for new hotels and other visitor accommodation space. We can use this information to attract new investment in more overnight accommodation in the district.

We are incredibly lucky because we have so much to offer visitors. We have a stunning coastline, beautiful countryside and a historic city. Our area is also renowned for its incredible tourism attractions and events, including our magnificent Cathedral, Chichester Festival Theatre, Pallant House Gallery, Petworth House, the Weald and Downland Museum, Fishbourne Roman Palace, The Novium Museum, as well as the world class events and festivals that take place at Goodwood - just to name a few.

By working with Visit Chichester, Chichester BID and others, we can ensure we can encourage more visitors to stay for longer and enjoy this fantastic area and its wealth of attractions.

We are now looking for a new Chairman of Visit Chichester who can help us to realise our ambitions to develop the district's tourist potential. If you are interested in this opportunity or can suggest someone who may be, a full information pack is available from  Visit Chichester   

You can also contact Stephen Finlay on 07517213068 or Paul Over on 01243 534639 for more information.

I look forward to keeping you updated with our progress in developing our tourist business.

Best Wishes

Cllr Tony Dignum

Leader of Chichester District Council

June 2017