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Meet the Team

Thanet Marketing and Visitor Information Service Team

Marketing and Visitor Information Service specialists in the Thanet Tourism team work together to grow the number of day and short break visitors keen to explore our area, and support the many tourism, leisure and hospitality businesses that entertain them during their visit.


Paula Harbidge - Tourism Manager

Paula Harbidge – Tourism Manager

Responsible for delivering the Thanet Destination Management Plan, Paula co-ordinates all Marketing and Visitor Information Service activities and campaigns promoting and delivering the marketing plan.

Tel: 01843 577644



Julie Edwards - Senior Tourism Officer

Julie Edwards – Senior Tourism Officer

Julie develops destination print and co-ordinates Destination Management Plan activity. Julie also takes the lead on PR and media activities from organising and hosting media visits to responding to media enquiries. Find out more about Public Relations

Tel: 01843 577671



Emma Dadds - Tourism Officer

Emma Dadds – Tourism Officer

On and offline, Emma promotes the Tourism team’s many campaigns and initiatives far and wide developing the Visit Thanet website, consumer and industry newsletters and Isle Magazine 

Tel: 01843 577637 



Lisa Powell - Visitor Services Officer

Lisa Powell and Francesca Sayer-Doyle (Job Share) – Visitor Services Officer

Lisa and Fran works with the Visitor Information Centre team at Droit House, Margate, and their volunteer partners in Broadstairs and Ramsgate, to answer visitor and potential visitor enquiries. The  team also supports local tourism businesses providing event and guide literature, industry information, staff training opportunities and more. Find out about the Visitor Information Service

Tel: 01843 577873



A Partnership Approach

The Tourism Team is also an active partner in a very effective network of destination management organisations enabling us to promote Thanet across the UK and in mainland Europe.

Through the team’s longstanding relationship with Visit Kent, the destination management organisation for Kent and Medway, we are raising awareness of our many quality short break experiences.


Visit Kent

With Visit Kent: 

  • Website promotion
  • Enewsletters
  • Destination print
  • Consumer promotions such as 2for1 seasonal offers
  • Niche campaigns
  • Research, development and support strategic tourism management
  • Travel trade promotions
  • Media coverage and visits
  • Campaign opportunities – at home and overseas
  • Support services for Thanet’s tourism businesses


With VisitEngland:

  • Website promotion
  • English Tourism Week promotions
  • Campaign opportunities
  • Media opportunities