THE chief executive of VisitEngland attended the launch of Worthing’s brand-new tourist information centre.
It is located in the Worthing Dome complex, in Marine Parade, and will provide information for thousands of visitors all year round.
Worthing council deputy leader and cabinet member for regeneration Bryan Turner said: “The 25 to 30,000 visitors who pop into the centre each year get some excellent information as to the best places to stay and visit.
“In our new centre, we are also planning to showcase some great local products like gifts, food and the like. We have operated two tourist information centres in Worthing for many years – a winter one next to the museum and one on the seafront in the summer. We felt, though, that this wasn’t giving our tourists the best service so when a site came up at Worthing’s iconic Dome, we jumped at the chance to relocate.”
Also at the launch was Lewis Crathern, Worthing’s famous kitesurfer, along with mayor Ann Barlow.
James Berresford, VisitEngland’s chief executive, added: “I’m delighted to be here in Worthing for the opening of the VisitWorthing Information Centre. Especially, as this week marks English Tourism Week, where the spotlight is on the value of tourism to our economy and the importance of the industry to so many of us across the country.
“I’m sure this new tourist information centre, in its excellent seafront location, will be a real boost to the area and will be very busy over the coming months.”
Last year, more than 350,000 visitors stayed over in the Worthing and Adur area, with around 2.8million people coming just for the day. This, in turn, supports 3,155 full-time jobs.