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Tourists at the junction of Mermaid Street with The Mint on Sunday afternoon, but not a lot of distancing going on.

Rye, a beautiful tourist town with so much to offer, is heavily dependent on its annual visitors for its continued prosperity  but many of its tourist related businesses need continued support and exposure if they are to weather the storm and survive.

Tourists are returning to Rye, but there is still a long way to go before something resembling normality is resumed, and joining 1066 Country Marketing could be the way forward for local businesses needing more exposure to a wider targeted audience, to attract additional business, particularly as we creep slowly towards autumn and winter.

For those who have already signed up to 1066 Country Marketing the benefits speak for themselves. Two local businesses who have benefited hugely from this additional exposure as members are Swallowtail Hill in Beckley and Bexhill based Vine and Country Tours.

Vine and Country Tours, a Gold award winning business with wine and food tours across Kent and Sussex.

Both businesses recently secured highly prized recognition at the recent Visit England Awards for Excellence 2020 as covered by Rye News in this week’s  article.

National Award winning glamping at its best, at home in Beckley

1066 Country Marketing are a thriving public and private sector partnership, bringing together Hastings Borough Council, Rother District Council, Wealden District Council, Tourism South East, the National Trust and English Heritage alongside scores of private businesses.

They promote 1066 Country as a high-quality, all-year-round destination to both day and staying visitors, prioritising families, cultural explorers and the iGeneration. They target the south east of England within a three-hour drive, their key overseas markets include northern Europe, China and the USA – and they are committed to developing the tourism industry in our area, currently worth over £554m a year and which supports 12,600 jobs.

The Battle of Hastings is the most famous event in English history. It happened in the heart of 1066 Country and their internationally recognised brand is built around a stunning 378 square mile area of historic coast and countryside including Battle, Bexhill, Hastings and Rye, and stretches from Herstmonceux to Camber and north to Bodiam and Burwash.

Things are slightly different at the moment in the middle of the Coronavirus crisis but in ‘normal times’, with a flourishing arts scene and a busy, quirky and very diverse events calendar, visitors love the area’s combination of culture and tradition.

Joining 1066 Country Marketing is simple and as a member, you’ll benefit from direct promotion on their website and access to a toolbox of resources and image library to use in your own promotions. Additional benefits include sharing of posts on FacebookTwitter and Instagram, inclusion in consumer newsletters, and possible access to bloggers, influencers and journalists both in this country and beyond.

To find out more about the benefits of joining, download a membership pack and read the terms and conditions. To become a member, download the rate card, fill it out, and send it to 1066membership@hastings.gov.uk.

For more detailed information, simply go to the website

Image Credits: Nick Forman , 1066 Country Marketing .

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