About Visit South Downs

What is Visit South Downs?

Visit South Downs is a public/private partnership, led by the South Downs Tourism Partnership – a non-profit set up with the explicit purpose of marketing the South Downs National Park and surrounding areas both nationally and internationally. 

How is Visit South Downs funded?

Visit South Downs receives no outside or public funding. We do all our creative & digital work in-house so that we can provide an extremely personal 7-day a week service to the Tourism sector – after all, the hospitality industry never sleeps!

The Visit South Downs website provides all the information on where to stay, what to do, where to eat and drink and how to get here, and is the perfect shop window to the world for the South Downs and surrounding areas.

We want to support our members of the South Downs Tourism Partnership with free & discounted training courses, business networking events and business showcase days. 

We plan to work with national and international journalists to organise press visits and media coverage. We want to work alongside travel writers and publications too.

We have a full in-house design service is available to members, meaning artwork can be created FOC or at a very discounted rate, and we have big plans to bring a South Downs Destination Guide out in 2020. We’ve also got a trade event in the planning – but that’s a bit ‘hush hush’ right now. 

Who is behind it all?

Matt Alsbury-Morris, an experienced transformation manager with a background of delivering major marketing & new product introduction projects (and turnarounds) with companies like Sky, SSE, nPower, British Gas & British Airways Holidays… he’s also the person who setup the digital platforms & social media for the South Downs National Park Authority during it’s first year of operation. 

He’s got a passion about the South Downs which he wants to use to promote and support local tourism businesses and their customers. 

The South Downs Tourism Partnership, which was set up to drive the establishment of the independent voice of tourism across the South Downs & surrounding areas, has overall governance of the direction of the Destination Management Organisation – so that this is ran by tourism, for tourism.

Mission

Our mission is to promote and enable the economy of the South Downs National Park and neighbouring areas to create a world class visitor experience through tourism, destination marketing, skills development and other relevant industry services.

Destinations

We have defined the destinations we will cover as those within the boundary of the South Downs National Park, or within a short travelling distance (no more than 10 miles). 

If you feel there are additional locations that should be listed on the site, that you cannot see on locations page then please contact us and contribute the information needed to gain the relevant listing.

Travel Guides

Our travel guides content is supported by WikiVoyage & WikiTravel under the Creative Commons BY-SA 3.0 Licence we are progressively working through the information listed to validate it and ensure it is correct and up-to-date, however we cannot be held responsible for any incorrect information listed as a matter of good will.

Directories

Within our Destinations and Travel Guides we are developing directories. These are listing to promote the economy of the South Downs National Park and surrounding areas. We will consider listings from the themes below. For details on the costs of listings, please see our membership benefits page.

Directory Themes

  • Accommodation Providers (Hotels, B&Bs, Self Catering, Camp sites etc)
  • Tour Providers / Walking Guides
  • Visitor Attractions
  • Organisations providing Visitor Services (luggage transfer etc)
  • Tourist Information Centres
  • Food & Drink venues (Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, Pubs etc)
  • Retail (shopping & services)
  • Other tourism related organisations

Legal Stuff

This site is owned & operated by Tourism Partners LLP. 

Tourism Partners is a cross-sector partnership led by South Downs Tourism Partnership, a non-profit organisation. 

Registered Co OC423828 & 11549075 respectively. 

We are independent of the South Downs National Park Authority.