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Visit Essex is to here to help tourism, leisure and hospitality businesses to succeed.

Visit Essex is a public private tourism partnership supported by the key tourism businesses across the county, including the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock, the county council as well as district and borough councils.
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European Funding - PROFIT

Visit Essex is now working on the INTERREG 2 SEAS PROFIT project which aims to grow the economy of our coastal destinations by creating conditions that enable and stimulate cross-border SMEs to be innovative. This support will lead to the development of new products, service and technology solutions that meet the need of visitors, making the region more competitive and the businesses more profitable.

The partners working with Visit Essex include Westtoer (Belgium), Visit Kent (UK), Pas de Calais Tourisme (France), International Social Tourism Organisation (Belgium), Chamber of Commerce Opal Coast (France), HZ University of Applied Sciences (Netherlands) and Impuls Zeeland (Netherlands).

Interreg is a European funding initiative founded in 1989 with the aim of supporting cross-border, transnational and inter-regional co-operation between different European Member States. The Interreg programmes have been and will continue to be a key vehicle for local authorities and organisations to work with EU partners on projects of common interest.

The first activity has looked at determining the local identity of the Essex coastline using Southend as a pilot area. The results can be found here.


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with travel intermediaries and encouraging collaboration generally between tourism stakeholders, challenging outdated perceptions and being an advocate for high quality products and services with a warm visitor welcome.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 Cheryl Owen, Partnership Manager, by email or by telephone on: +44 (0) 33301 30106. 

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The 2019 Visit Essex Annual Conference took place on 26 March at Layer Marney Tower.

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Visit Essex commission annually market intelligence to help the you keep up-to-date with the latest research carried out.

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Find out more about the process of obtaining brown tourism signs. What criteria you need to comply with, the cost and the overall process.