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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 events, parking, communications, the Thanet Coast Project and Port of Ramsgate.

Research shows that tourism contributes £293 million to the Thanet economy each year, supporting 7,312 jobs (Cambridge Model Economic Impact Study 2015).    In fact, Thanet’s visitor economy grew 19% in 2015, making it the biggest district tourism success story in the county of Kent and arguably the whole of the UK. This figure does not include the £41 million which local language schools bring into the area.

Councillor Ash Ashbee, Cabinet Member for Corporate Governance and Coastal Development


Councillor Ash Ashbee, Cabinet Member for Corporate Governance and Coastal Development says, "Thanet's reputation as a great place to visit is continuing to thrive and we are delighted to be firmly on the map as the go-to destination in Kent and indeed the UK.

‘The area has experienced significant growth over the past few years because people are choosing to visit our stunning coastline. But our work, and the work of our award winning tourism team, is certainly not done. We are committed to continuing the success we’ve seen so far by attracting more investment and supporting our local businesses who contribute to Thanet’s regeneration and development in so many ways. From fantastic restaurants and cafes, inspiring hotels and boutique B&B’s to fabulous beaches and cultural hotspots - it’s easy to see why tourists make the trip here!

‘With more developments on the horizon, it continues to be an exciting time for tourism in Thanet.’