A range of West Sussex businesses gathered together on Monday 12 March to explore ways to develop their offer to visitors in the county.
West Sussex County Council facilitated the event for a range of businesses to discuss ideas on how to encourage new and repeat visitors into West Sussex, and for them to stay longer.
With so much available from vineyards, historic homes, gardens, great food, West Sussex can certainly be described as a box of delights.
Businesses who attended included: Gatwick Airport, Tinwood Estate Wines, Chichester Festival Theatre, the South Downs National Park Authority and many more.
Attendees at Edes House also had the opportunity to hear from former Olympian Jon Ridgeon, about Velo South – the new 100-mile closed road cycling event taking place in West Sussex on Sunday 23 September this year.
The Leader of the county council hosted the event to enable local businesses to come together, and work collaboratively to develop the visitor offer.
Louise Goldsmith, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “West Sussex is such an amazing county with a wide and diverse range of places to visit and things to do. But it is a ‘best kept secret’ so we need to open up the West Sussex box of delights for visitors to come and try, and to help our businesses grow.
“The reception was a fantastic opportunity to explore how we can work collaboratively to grow the visitor economy.
“Those of us who live and work in this beautiful county know how many treasures we have here and the warm welcome visitors receive. We need to encourage more people from right across the country to experience the wonderful county of West Sussex.”
To find out more about what the county has to offer, visit www.experiencewestsussex.com