Gatwick welcomes the world: Airport and partners reveal tourist gems on its doorstep

31 July 2019

Passengers wondering how to spend their precious time when visiting the UK have been given a helping hand with a new series of guides. The ‘Gateway Gatwick’ group, comprising Gatwick Airport and local tourism partners, has compiled a series of guides recommending where the 5.5 million international visitors who travel through Gatwick annually should visit.

Bespoke itineraries within the guides advise visitors on how to get the most from the local area even if they have only limited time to spare. Advice includes where to visit with three hours available, four hours available, five hours available, six hours available right up to 12 hours.

As well as being handily organised by time, the guides cater to all interests with thematic itineraries focused on:

  • Active Outdoors
  • Amazing Gardens
  • Castles and Stately Homes
  • English Wine, Gin and Ale
  • Instagrammable Moments

Local attractions recommended by the guides include Arundel Castle, West Sussex, Hever Castle, West Kent, Seven Sisters, East Sussex and RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey as well as the South Downs National Park and the Surrey Hills - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The guides are the latest initiative from the Gateway Gatwick group; partners from across the South East committed to showcasing the region to the world and harnessing the benefits of Gatwick as a gateway to the region’s visitor economy. This builds on research showing overseas visitors travelling through Gatwick spend 9.7 million nights and £1.3 billion in the region annually while supporting 5,100 jobs in the South East, excluding London.

The Gateway Gatwick partners committed to harnessing the benefits of having the UK’s second largest airport in the region comprise of; West Sussex County Council, East Sussex County Council, Surrey Hills Enterprise, Sevenoaks District Council, Tunbridge Wells Borough Council and Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, Visit Surrey, Surrey Hills - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Rural West Sussex Partnership, Coastal West Sussex Partnership, South Downs National Park Authority, Gatwick Diamond Initiative and Coast to Capital LEP.

The new itineraries will be showcased within Gatwick’s terminals, on its website and promoted through social media to help drive international visitors to outstanding tourist attractions on the airport’s doorstep.

Gatwick Airport, Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate said:

“Overseas passengers are now able to benefit from quick, clear itineraries compiled by local experts, to ensure that even passengers with only a few hours to spare, can discover the unrivalled attractions on our doorstep.

“We’re committed to showcasing our local area to the rest of the world with this initiative which enhances the experience of our passengers whilst further developing the pivotal role we play supporting tourism - creating jobs and supply chain opportunities as a gateway to 46 million passengers each year.”

Experience West Sussex, Partnerships Manager, Jo Williams said:

‘’Working in partnership with Gatwick Airport and the Gateway Gatwick Group has provided Experience West Sussex with new destination partnership marketing opportunities. This project will showcase the very best of the West Sussex tourism offer, along with visitor highlights from the surrounding region, to Gatwick’s 5.5 million international visitors each year.  

“Experience West Sussex Partnership looks forward to seeing work with this partnership grow from strength to strength, from delivering this initial pilot project that provides inspirational ideas for visitors, to reaching new international audiences, through Gatwick’s growing route network.”

East Sussex County Council, Lead Member for Economy, Cllr Rupert Simmonds said:

“East Sussex County Council is delighted to have worked in partnership with Gatwick to market our beautiful and fascinating county to visitors passing through Gatwick. 

“We hope that this collaboration will be the start of a fruitful partnership which will encourage more visitors to the region and benefit our local businesses.”


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