Working as one to boost coast tourism


MORE than 70 people discussed how to make the most of the Peninsula’s huge tourism potential at a meeting of around 50 local organisations.

The Manhood Peninsula Partnership - an organisation including local councils, trusts and forums - hosted a tourism seminar called ‘What Makes the Peninsula Special?’ at Southend Barns, Donnington, on November 6.

Speakers, including Adrian Thomas, RSPB national project officer, and Steve Oates, Chichester District Council’s economic development manager, described the peninsula as a special environment enhanced by the Medmerry coastal nature reserve.

Mr Thomas said the Manhood Peninsula represented the only rural coastline left on the south coast and that was what tourism should focus on.

Mr Oates said marketing and co-ordinating a tourism product and strategy for the area could make it one of the UK’s premier destinations.

Tourism boosting ideas included the creation of a local food festival and better and more co-ordinated marketing and branding for the peninsula.