Join Us for the Bury St Edmunds and Beyond Tourism Fair 2019!

Plan your next staycation, find accommodation for friends and family when they next come to stay, and discover new things to do for all the family!

Want to know more about the wonderful attractions on your doorstep? Need somewhere for your relatives to stay locally at Christmas? Want to meet other tourism professionals? Thinking of starting a tourism business or want to study for a career in tourism or hospitality?

The Bury St Edmunds and Beyond Tourism Fair will bring together tourism businesses and professionals in the Bury St Edmunds area who bring a value of £49million a year to the local economy.

The Fair, which takes place at The Athenaeum on Angel Hill on Thursday October 10 from 5pm to 7pm, is part of the West Suffolk Business Festival and will be opened by Charles Dickens and a reading from The Pickwick Papers in which Bury St Edmunds and The Angel is mentioned!

Hotels in Bury St Edmunds have invested nearly £10million in their properties in the past year confident that the Suffolk cathedral town is set for greater recognition on the UK tourism map and an upsurge in visitor numbers.  The historic market town currently hosts 829,000 trips annually.

The key aim of the fair is to give tourism providers and associated tourism organisations a chance to network, develop effective partnerships and to find out about one another’s marketing and events plans for autumn and winter. But it is also a great chance for local residents to see what’s on offer on their doorstep!

Among this year’s exhibitors are the National Trust Ickworth, Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds Guildhall, National Trust Melford Hall, National Trust Lavenham Guildhall, Giffords Hall Vineyard and East Anglia Pass to name a few.

West Suffolk College will also be exhibiting and on hand to advise on careers and courses in tourism and hospitality. 

Plus, there’s a chance to meet Screen Suffolk, the official film office for Suffolk which aims to make Suffolk the most film-friendly county in the UK. Screen Suffolk liaised with the makers of The Personal History of David Copperfield movie starring Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton and Hugh Laurie for which scenes were shot in Bury St Edmunds last summer.

Now in its third year, the event is organised by Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, the official tourism brand for Bury St Edmunds and surrounding area which promotes the area as a visitor destination regionally and nationally. Almost 1/2million people a year visit the official tourism website to plan their visit to the Bury St Edmunds area.

Sue Warren, Brand and Marketing Manager for Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, said: “Interest in visiting Bury St Edmund and the surrounding area has grown and grown in last few years thanks to the work of Bury St Edmunds and Beyond and our partners all working to promote the town. The fantastic media coverage we have had both regionally and nationally coupled with the success of our digital marketing and campaigns has grown the number of visitors to the website to almost half a million.

“The Fair brings together the Bury St Edmunds and Beyond member tourism businesses and gives them a chance to showcase what they offer to visitors and to local residents, plus it is a fantastic networking opportunity for businesses in and out of the tourism industry to meet with accommodation providers and attractions to see how they can collaborate to further raise the profile of Bury St Edmunds.

“Next year marks 1,000 years since the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund and gives us another fantastic opportunity to put Bury St Edmunds and indeed the story of Saint Edmund on the map to further boost visitor numbers.”

The fair is also a chance for tourism businesses to find out more about Bury St Edmunds and Beyond and membership opportunities.

The event is free to attend and you could meet some famous characters from Bury St Edmunds history plus there’s a goody bag for the first 50 attendees.

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