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Thanet District Council and Tourism

Thanet District Council is actively encouraging new and existing businesses which support growth in the local visitor economy.

Thanet District Council's tourism team is part of the Operational and Commercial Services Directorate. The team works closely with other council departments responsible for all services that can affect the visitor experience including coastal development, events, parking, communications, the Thanet Coast Project and Port of Ramsgate.

Research shows that tourism contributes £325 million to the Thanet economy each year, supporting 8,664 jobs and that in 2019 the district welcomed a record 4.6 million visitors (Cambridge Model Economic Impact Study 2019). This figure does not include the £41 million which local language schools bring into the area.



Cllr Reece Pugh, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development

 "The Isle of Thanet has a growing reputation as a great place to visit.

“Pre-pandemic, the area experienced significant growth because people chose to visit our stunning coastline. As we return to a more normal way of living, our work, and the work of our award winning tourism team, will continue. 

“We are committed to getting back on track with the success we’ve seen so far by attracting more investment and supporting local businesses who contribute to Thanet’s regeneration and development in so many ways. Our focus is to grow the value of our visitor economy, to help make it more sustainable and to provide a year-round offer.

“From wonderful restaurants and cafes, inspiring hotels and boutique B&B’s to fabulous beaches and cultural hotspots - it’s easy to see why visitors make the trip here! With more developments on the horizon and our Destination Management Framework, it continues to be an exciting time for tourism in Thanet.”