Suffolk tourism is on the rise

PUBLISHED: 10:17 22 April 2014 | UPDATED: 10:17 22 April 2014

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Suffolk has long been a popular destination for tourists. It has something for everyone; ever changing coastline, picturesque seaside resorts and green expanses of countryside dotted with thatched cottages and bustling market towns. Artists adore it, foodies flock to it, writers and musicians immortalise it in their work.

So what exactly is it that brings so many tourists to Suffolk?

The dictionary defines a tourist as someone who is travelling or visiting a place for pleasure. In Suffolk, the opportunities to find pleasure in exploration and discovery abound.

On the stretch of Suffolk bordering the North Sea, known as the ‘sunrise coast’, Lowestoft is the first town to glimpse the sun’s rays in the morning. That’s not the only thing it has to boast about. Blue Flag sandy beaches, Victorian gardens, two piers, traditional smoked fish delicacies and a rich heritage, secure it as a firm favourite on visitors’ Suffolk itineraries. Tourist numbers speak for themselves, with the vibrant town attracting well over 1 million visitors a year.

That’s just one of Suffolk’s seaside gems. There’s also the quintessentially British Southwold with its colourful beach huts and iconic lighthouse; tiny Dunwich, the lost city of England and Edwardian Felixstowe with its four miles of sand and shingle beaches.

Inland communities also see their fair share of tourists, from the peaceful market towns of Beccles and Bungay in the Waveney Valley, to the charming cultural haven of Halesworth, complete with its own local vineyard!

The pretty medieval village of Lavenham was rated 14th wealthiest town back in the days of Henry VIII and it remains largely unchanged today. Rich in history but with plenty to offer the modern day visitor too, it’s home to a host of galleries, shops, pubs and restaurants. The village is particularly proud of its ‘Suffolk Pink’ colour scheme which dates back to the 14th century and is still strictly upheld today.

Historic Bury St.Edmunds welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year to marvel at its extraordinary architecture, indulge in a spot of retail therapy or get involved in one of the many celebrations of art, music and culture.

Of course, the famous Newmarket Racecourse is one of the county’s greatest tourist magnets. The town of Newmarket has had links to racing since the seventeenth century and was declared by King James I as the second capital of England - the Sport of Kings was born. More than a third of a million visitors attend races at Newmarket each year, many of them making a special trip involving a stay in local accommodation.

Evidently, Suffolk has plenty to offer the inquisitive tourist and this hasn’t slipped the attention of tourism businesses looking to invest in the area.

James Morris, Managing Director of Holidaycottages.co.uk, says: “Suffolk is one of the UK’s most peaceful counties, with stunning coastline, quaint villages and world class horse racing. With rising tourist numbers and a great outlook for the future, it is an area in which we are very keen to expand our portfolio of holiday properties.”

“We currently have over 1,800 cottages in our collection, across the whole of the UK. With regional managers and a team of experienced staff behind us, we are able to offer customers the highest standards of service and help them find their perfect holiday cottage. We have 35 years’ experience in the holiday letting industry and would like to help Suffolk holiday properties meet their potential, at the same time catering for the evident increase in customer demand.”

With such a bright outlook for the county, it’s important that holiday properties obtain maximum exposure to reach the attention of potential guests.

Property Manager Stacie Harding explains: “If people don’t come across your property when looking for accommodation, you’ve lost out. With over 4 million visitors to our website, 45,000 downloads of our app and a wide reaching television campaign, Holidaycottages.co.uk are well placed to ensure that your property reaches its full potential.”

Foreign visitor numbers are also booming, with 2013 figures up 6% on the previous year. Holidaycottages.co.uk have all bases covered in this regard. Their foreign websites and agents ensure that your property reaches the attention of visitors from abroad as well as domestic tourists.

With temperatures in the UK set to soar this summer, now is the perfect time to be thinking of joining one of the countries’ most successful holiday cottage agencies.

As a cottage owner you will be partnered with a dedicated property manager who will carry out inspections and ensure that your property is marketed to its full potential. Besides professional photography to advertise your cottage, you’ll also receive payment in advance for reservations and 24/7 access to a bespoke online owner account.

Stacie Harding says: “When you’ve put a lot of care into your holiday property, we understand that letting it out can be a stressful experience. We build an honest, professional relationship with owners to remove the hassle and ensure that you and guests of your property receive the highest standards of service. Our 98% overall rating for customer service from independent review company Feefo can testify to this.”

Holiday Cottages are looking to welcome holiday property owners from all over Suffolk, from tranquil, rural locations, to coastal cottages and town houses or apartments. If you’d like to find out more, call one of their friendly property team on 01237 426 765.

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