Rail­way is rid­ing high as host of Kent tourism fair

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - RECRUITMENT & BUSINESS -

REP­RE­SEN­TA­TIVES from Kent’s most pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions con­gre­gated at one of the best-loved of them all this week­end. The county’s first tourism fair took place at the Kent and East Sus­sex Rail­way in Ten­ter­den on Satur­day, and or­gan­is­ers say it was a great suc­cess. Among the 80 at­trac­tions rep­re­sented were the Can­ter­bury Tales, Hever Cas­tle and Ten­ter­den and Bid­den­den Vine­yards. The aim of the fair was for hote­liers and tour op­er­a­tors in the county to meet and talk to the peo­ple who run its main tourist des­ti­na­tions. Sales man­ager at the rail­way Gra­ham Sivyer said: “We were very pleased with the turnout – I would think we had in the re­gion of 200 vis­i­tors. “There were hote­liers, bed and break­fast own­ers, hol­i­day let own­ers and quite a num­ber of group travel or­gan­is­ers. “The num­ber of at­trac­tions rep­re­sented was ex­cel­lent and we have had re­ally pos­i­tive feed­back from them.” About half the vis­i­tors were given free tick­ets for the rail­way. “It was a good op­por­tu­nity for us to pro­mote our­selves as well,” Mr Sivyer added. “We had a very suc­cess­ful day and plan to host the event again next year.”

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