Laura Dickson, the Visitor Economy and Events Development Manager,
presented a report on the Tourism Destination Management Plan
Dickson highlighted that:-
·The Committee agreed in November 2018 that the
Destination Management Plan should be reviewed and a new one year
rolling action plan developed which was attached as Appendix A to
·The original plan was analysed through a series of
industry consultations, surveys and workshops looking at
developments and changes since 2015, including the recent Economic
Impact of Tourism in Maidstone report.
·Workshops were held by Blue Sail, the Destination
Management Consultants, on 6th February 2019 which was
attended by key businesses from all parts of the tourism
sector. Members also attended a
consultation workshop on the same day.
Committee made the following comments:-
·That the type of events held at the Amphitheatre
should be in consideration of the residents of the alms houses that
are behind the facility.
·That the town should focus on being walker and
cyclist friendly and provide the necessary facilities.
That the new one year rolling action plan for the Tourism
Destination Management Plan be adopted.