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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 £352 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.


Councillor Ruth Duckworth, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Property said:

"Thanet has a growing reputation as a great place to visit. The Isle’s distinctive towns, villages and 19-miles of sandy coastline draw visitors of all ages.

“The district has experienced significant growth over the past few years as more and more 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 local businesses who contribute to Thanet’s regeneration and development in so many ways.

“Thanet has so much to offer, from award winning restaurants, bars and cafés, as well as inspiring places to stay. All this, as well as our fabulous beaches, visitor experiences, hidden gems, attractions and cultural hotspots - so 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.”