Who we are....
Working together for Essex
Tourism is a key economic driver for the Essex economy. Visit Essex’s core aim is to raise the value of tourism to Essex by promoting day trips and short breaks, and ensuring we have a compelling visitor offer that generates income for the county. We do this by being the shop window for Essex tourism businesses, maintaining a high profile for the county through our digital presence, collaborating with travel intermediaries and encouraging collaboration generally between tourism stakeholders, challenging outdated perceptions and being an advocate for high quality products and services with a warm visitor welcome.
The Visit Essex board consists of a team of tourism professionals with a variety of industry experience who work closely with us and together for the greater good of tourism in Essex. Visit Essex is a membership organisation with a range of levels of engagement, so contact us to find out how you can become involved. We can help you up-skill at one of our regular training workshops, meet other tourism businesses at our popular networking events, or have access to market intelligence and industry updates at our annual tourism conference. For more information about membership and how to work with us, please contact Andrew Poulton, Partnership Manager Email: Andrew Poulton Telephone: +44 (0) 33301 30106
Essex Big Weekend
Your opportunity to take part in the first ever Essex Big Weekend!
2017 will mark the first ever Essex Big Weekend. It will take place on 1st and 2nd April 2017 in partnership with English Tourism Week
The Big Weekend is all about giving Essex residents the chance to discover – or rediscover – the array of fantastic things to see and do on their doorstep, and encouraging them to spread the word about their county. Attractions and businesses are invited to give away FREE tickets to Essex residents to use on the Big Weekend. Similar events in Kent and Herts generate invaluable word of mouth and repeat visits. In 2016, 71% of Kent Big Weekend survey participants stated that they would visit the attraction again and 85% would recommend the attraction to family and friends.
You can offer as many tickets as you wish and for either or both days of the weekend - full details of how many tickets you should offer, redemption rates and ways for free attractions to take part are included in our FAQs.
If you were unable to attend our conference on the 8 March 2016, you can download the presentations from this page.
Visit Essex commission annually market intelligence to help the you keep up-to-date with the latest research carried out.
The Annual Summer Networking Event took place at Stow Maries on Wednesday 22 June. The presentation from the event can be found here.
Explore our county
Explore our 350 miles of coastline, the longest shoreline of any county in England, a place of surprising wild beauty, rich in wildlife and sprinkled with history and hidden cultural gems.