New funding to support sustainable tourism on the Manhood Peninsula has been secured
Working with local industry partners, the University of Chichester Business School has secured a grant of £69,000 from the Rural Development Programme for England Growth Programme to develop the visitor economy on the Manhood Peninsula.
The Sustainable Tourism On the Manhood Peninsula project (STOMP) will develop a new Destination Management Plan, and support the formation of a new Tourism Partnership for the area. The project will be conducted over a 12-month period between January and December 2017, and seeks to strengthen the sustainable rural tourism offer that, whilst supporting an increase in visitor numbers and associated spend, ensures that the beautiful coastal and inland landscapes of the Peninsula are managed and enjoyed sustainability. The Project Coordinator, Dr. Jorge Gutic, said “the project provides an exciting opportunity to support the sustainable growth of the local economy on the Manhood Peninsula, by identifying existing and new opportunities to develop sustainable tourism, as well as the infrastructure and support needs that local businesses require in order to achieve their full economic potential”.
Dr Andy Clegg, Chairman of Visit Chichester, which is also supporting the implementation of the project echoes the comments of Dr Gutic. “Visitor spending on the peninsula exceeds £100 million and the project provides an exciting opportunity to further enhance the value of the visitor economy”.
For Caroyln Cobbold, project leader for the Manhood Peninsula Partnership, protecting the character of the area is paramount. ‘The peninsula is one of the last remaining areas of rural coastal plain in the south of England. Bordered by the sea, Chichester, Medmerry and Pagham Harbours, and Chichester Canal it is home to a rare and diverse range of wildlife habitats and stunning environments. This project aims to increase tourism whilst respecting the area's fragile environment''.
A key part of the programme will be working alongside existing tourism businesses, identifying opportunities for new entrants and establishing wider collaboration across the sector to enhance the visitor experience, and business competitiveness. The project has wide stakeholder support from local community and government organsations, including Visit Chichester, Selsey Town Council, the Manhood Peninsula Partnership, Arun District Council; Chichester District Council and Chichester Harbour Conservancy.
For more details please contact:
University of Chichester – Dr Jorge Gutic - J.firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Chichester – Dr Andy Clegg – email@example.com
Manhood Peninsula – Carolyn Cobbould - firstname.lastname@example.org
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