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Destination Medway on your doorstep

Date: 06/03/2008           Category: Tourism

The second annual British Tourism Week takes place 10-16 March 2008, a campaign to raise the profile of this most important of British industries. Here in Medway, residents are fortunate in having a range of award-winning tourist attractions on their doorstep. From The Historic Dockyard and castles to the 21st century recreation of the past – Dickens’ World, the newest attraction to the area. On Saturday, 15 March, Medway Tourism Association is inviting local people and visitors from across Kent to drop in to a mini-expo at Medway Visitor Information Centre in Rochester High Street. Medway’s leading attractions will be exhibiting and providing personal information on new events and activities on their sites in 2008. Competition prizes will include an overnight stay at the new Ramada Encore hotel and free entry to the castles at Rochester and Upnor, Dickens World, the Historic Dockyard, Royal Engineers Museum and a cruise on the Kingswear Castle paddle steamer. Bill Ferris, Chairman of the Medway Tourism Association, said “This day is aimed at those local people who perhaps do not use their local tourist facilities and attractions and may not even have been to our wonderful Visitor Centre in Rochester. We have so much to be proud about in Medway.” The City of Rochester Society will be offering free guided tours of historic Rochester at 11.30am and 2pm and costumed stall holders, buskers and Buckmore Park’s brand new karts will be in attendance to highlight what Medway has to offer visitors and residents alike. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth, Cllr Jane Chitty said: “Our tourism offer here in Medway is very strong. We have a fantastic variety of attractions and places to go. Tourism is also a very important part of the area’s economy and I am looking forward to celebrating British Tourism Week.” His Royal Highness, Prince Charles has once again confirmed his role as patron to highlight the size, value and importance of Britain’s £85billion tourism industry which employs more than two million people. Here in Medway, tourism spend is worth an estimated £250million per year and supports in excess of 5,000 local jobs. ends