South Downs Tourism

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Membership Benefits

All members of the South Downs Tourism Partnership benefit from the following:

  • A FREE basic listing on visitsouthdowns.com
  • Online bookability via Tourism Exchange GB (TXGB) with low commission rates of 2.5% (exc. VAT)
  • Access to a programme of free & subsidised training events 
  • Special member rates for all of our premium advertising options (events, brochures, maps, etc.)
  • Regular newsletters with updates affecting tourism in the South Downs and surrounding areas.
  • Options for member promotion on Visit South Downs social media channels
  • FREE event listing on visitsouthdowns.com
  • FREE special offer listing on visitsouthdowns.com
  • Options to take part in marketing campaigns, with special member rates for inclusion.
  • Invitation to tourism business networking events.

Tourism in the South Downs

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We are a non-profit organisation, promoting the South Downs National Park and surrounding areas as the destination of choice for domestic and international visitors.

We are independent of local authorities and government funding, and therefore can act in the legitimate interest of the tourism businesses we represent.

All our member businesses are local businesses including those working in accommodation, hospitality, attractions, adventure activities, retail, business tourism, and the promotion of active lifestyles. All of our financial support comes from our members.

By joining the South Downs Tourism Partnership you can promote your own business and help to keep the South Downs up there amongst the world’s best tourism locations.

Firstly we need to develop a year-round visitor economy: There are things to do in the South Downs throughout the year, not just in the favourable weather of Spring & Summer. The every changing countryside and protected coastline can be enjoyed at any time. We have the infrastructure – many superb hotels, inns, B&Bs & self-catering cottages. There are many Attractions investing in ‘rainy day’ activities themselves to grow their year round offerings. With many of the historic houses, museums and galleries being accessible year round. Our food and drink offering is already world class, with many producers, breweries & vineyards seeing significant year on year growth. Promoting South Downs year-round tourism will grow employment.

Secondly, we need day trippers to become stay visitors. In 2015, there were 46 million visitor days spent in the South Downs, however only 25% of tourists in the South Downs actually stayed in or near the South Downs. Just imagine how much the visitor economy would grow if just a fraction of those could be converted to staying visitors!

We do not want to duplicate the activity of the local Destination Management Organisations that the South Downs Tourism Partnership works with, our aim is to bridge to divide between the micro-economy of particular towns and the macro-economy of the South East of England. We focus on the South Downs as a destination and work with Community Members to promote each locality and their own offering.

No, the South Downs Tourism Partnership & Visit South Downs, are part of an independent non-profit organisation called The Tourism Partnership, we are supported by corporate sponsors and donors. We make some additional income from our marketing campaigns and events. We are not funded by or owned by the National Park Authority.

The National Park Authority does support tourism and the wider economy of the National Park. They have a duty to support the economy, but their core focus as a statutory body (local authority) is to develop policies and strategies and enable partnerships – they are not funded, or resourced, to be a marketing organisation.

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