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Visit East Anglia appoint Norfolk Brand Manager (17 October 2012)
Visit East Anglia, recently contracted to deliver the strategic voice of tourism for Norfolk, today announce the appointment of a Brand Manager for the county’s Visit Norfolk brand.
Pete Waters takes up the new post at Visit Norfolk officially on November 1, after three years as editor of the Eastern Daily Press.
“It’s a great honour to be able to help represent Norfolk tourism. Norfolk has the best and most diverse range of attractions of any county in the country so we have all the ingredients for a fantastic visitor experience. The challenge now is to find more and smarter ways to capitalise on that,” he said.
“There is already some great promotional activity taking place, particularly on the coast, for the Broads and in the city, but the sum of our parts across all of Norfolk is our biggest strength. We must work collectively, public and private sector together, to ensure Norfolk becomes top of mind when people are thinking where to take their holidays, short breaks and day trips,” he added.
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Visit East Anglia launches first annual tourism conference (4 September 2012)
Visit East Anglia (VEA) is holding its first annual tourism conference from 11am to 3.45pm on Thursday 27 September 2012 at DanceEast, Ipswich.
Following a successful summer of events showcasing the UK as a top tourism destination to international audiences, the event will focus on 2013 and opportunities to keep East Anglia in the spotlight, as well as encourage tourism businesses to network and share ideas on marketing the region.
Norfolk Tourist Attractions' Association and Visit East Anglia joins forces (30 May 2012)
Norfolk Tourist Attractions' Association (NTAA), the organisation representing more than 100 attractions in Norfolk and North Suffolk, has joined forces with Visit East Anglia (VEA) the region's private sector tourism champions.
The deal means that NTAA businesses will have access to all VEA member benefits, including listings on visiteastanglia.net and exclusive discounts with VEA's commercial partners Lloyds TSB, Ryan Hospitality Insurance, Birketts LLP and Larking Gowen.
See East Anglia with Greater Anglia and Visit East Anglia (9 May 2012)
Greater Anglia, East Anglia's rail operator and Visit East Anglia, the region's private sector led tourism champions, have launched a new 2 for 1 attractions campaign aimed at Essex and North London residents, inviting them to See East Anglia by train. This is the first ever large-scale regional 2 for 1 campaign aimed at increasing leisure rail travel out of London.
Find offers at www.visiteastanglia.net/2for1
Collaboration is key, tourism firms are told at Visit East Anglia event (27 April 2012)
More than 40 tourism businesses from across Suffolk have attended an industry summit to discuss the need for collaboration in promoting the county as a destination. Delegates at the event, held at the apex in Bury St Edmunds, heard about how the public and private sectors have come together under the identity of Visit East Anglia (VEA) and about initiatives to promote Suffolk in the run up to the Olympics and beyond.
Norfolk tourism chiefs hail promising start to the season (10 April 2012)
Attraction managers and accommodation providers hailed a promising start to the tourist season, despite inclement weather conditions over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
Rail groups on track to complete Norfolk Orbital Railway (9 April 2012)
Richard Ellis, chairman of Norfolk Tourism and Visit East Anglia, said: "If it becomes a reality, it could be a tourism attraction in its own right as well as a boost to those visitors who want to access our wonderful destination without resorting to using a car.
"Thus it would boost sustainable tourism in the county as well as potentially being an additional tourist attraction in its own right."
East Anglia - bumper holiday season for region (6 April 2012)
Amanda Bond from the Suffolk branch of Visit East Anglia said: "I think more people than usual are likely to visit local places because of the hike in fuel prices and because we are within easy reach of major centres of population. Most of what we have in Suffolk is relatively a short drive or train journey away."
New 'brand manager' for Suffolk will ensure continual progress for the County's tourism sector (8 March 2012)
The new business-led tourism body has today named a key appointment to manage the delivery of tourism services and support for Suffolk. The ‘Brand Manager' will be at the centre of ensuring a new and effective approach to tourism for the County.
Tourism bosses announce ‘fundamental' partnerships (9 February 2012)
The new tourism body managed by experts and bringing a unified voice to East Anglia, has today announced two new partnerships that will lead a new and effective approach to tourism in the region.
Suffolk's secret is out, says tourism boss (17 Jan 2012)
Tourism supremo and chairman of Visit East Anglia Richard Ellis has high hopes for the future of the industry in Suffolk and Norfolk. As well as running his own holiday cottage businesses, Suffolk Secrets and Norfolk Country Cottages, he was at the forefront of regional enterprise for many years as chairman of the now-defunct East of England Development Agency. He spoke to Sarah Chambers about the counties' holiday industry and his own part in it. From his vantage point high up in a converted water tower in Southwold, Richard Ellis can see a bright future for tourism in Suffolk and Norfolk.
New campaign launched to attract millions of tourists to Norfolk and Waveney (6 January 2011)
A national tourism agency aiming to attract four million more visitors to the UK in the next four years is urging the people of Waveney to invite their loved ones from around the world to visit the area this year.
Special events bring hope for the Norfolk and Suffolk tourism sector (4 January 2012)
Economic forecasts for 2012 have made grim reading but there's hope the London Olympics and Queen's Diamond Jubilee will bring a much-needed boost to UK businesses. Annabelle Dickson asked the chief executive of tourism body Visit East Anglia and a few of its members about their hopes and fears for 2012.
Tourism businesses can benefit from ‘season of good will' as leading regional companies join forces (12 Dec 2011)
Tourism bosses who are leading the new business organisation which champions and promotes the £4 billion sector in the East of England have joined forces with local companies to give members what is being described as some of the best offers in the UK.
New banking offer for tourism businesses gains unexpected interest (28 Nov 2011)
Members of Visit East Anglia are being offered the lowest rate on credit card transaction fees over any other area in the UK and, at the launch of the new product at Banham Zoo near Norwich, some residents of the 35 acre attraction got in on the act.
New tourism body launches ‘business focused' membership scheme (10 Nov 2011)
Visit East Anglia, supported by some of the most successful tourism businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk, is introducing an all-inclusive programme which gives businesses a wide range of benefits to reduce operating costs as well as access to markets, both domestically and internationally.
Tourism in East Anglia set for brighter future (1 Sept 2011)
Visit East Anglia, a new organisation to promote tourism across East Anglia is launched today. Created and supported by some of the top tourism businesses in Norfolk and Suffolk, Visit East Anglia will market the many attractive destinations and experiences offered by the area to both domestic and international audiences.