Back to Business: Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality
For current information regarding district, government and tourism advice and updates for businesses, please also see the White Cliffs Country website and our ‘Keep Me Posted’ newsletters.
White Cliffs Country produces and distributes a weekly COVID-19 update to their industry database.
New guidance for reopening the visitor economy from 4 July 2020
Following the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding the re-opening plans for a number of tourism businesses in England from 4 July, the following visitor economy guidance has been published for:
New guidance has also been released on social distancing, including maintaining 1m of social distance, with risk mitigation, when 2m is not possible, as well as meeting with people outside of your household after 4 July. Review the updated coronavirus outbreak FAQs on what you can and can’t do after 4 July.
Eat Out to Help Out Scheme
The Government has published guidance on the Eat Out to Help Out scheme, including how businesses can register to be part of the scheme. Establishments are eligible if they serve food that is sold for immediate on-premises consumption, including council-run cafes in museums, parks or libraries. Takeaways, catering companies, and mobile van/traders are not eligible, nor are dining packages such as those offered on heritage railways or river cruises.
The scheme will run from 3 to 31 August 2020 on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and is a 50 per cent discount, up to a maximum of £10 per person. It applies to food or non-alcoholic drinks consumed on the premises and there is no limit to the number of times customers can use the offer during the period of the scheme.
Information and Advice
Visit Britain / Visit England updates
- The ‘We’re Good to Go’ Industry Standard and Consumer Mark: You can now apply for a free UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure your customers that your business adheres to Government and public health guidance. For full details and how to apply, please visit the Visit Britain website.
- The ‘Know Before You Go’ Consumer Campaign: You can now become part of Visit England’s national domestic campaign to empower consumers to inform themselves before booking a trip. For full details and to download Visit England’s industry toolkit and assets, please visit the Visit England website.
Help visitors find your business
- Make sure you are listed on the White Cliffs Country website
Any business in the Dover District that serves the visitor economy and tourism is eligible to be listed on the White Cliffs Country website. Note that accommodation providers must have valid accreditation or sign up to the District Accommodation Charter. If you are listed already, please check your details are up to date. If you are not listed, please email email@example.com.
Any event in White Cliffs Country (Dover District) that serves the visitor economy and tourism is eligible to be listed on the White Cliffs Country website’s events pages. If you would like to submit your visitor event information for use on the website, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Make sure you are listed on the Visit Kent website
Any business in Kent that serves the visitor economy is eligible to be listed on the Visit Kent website. Note that accommodation providers must have valid accreditation. If you are listed already, please check your details are up to date. If you are not listed email: email@example.com.
Submit your event information now using a simple online form.
- Make sure you are listed on England’s Coast website
Through Dover District Council’s (White Cliffs Country) membership of the England’s Coast Project (Visit England’s Discover England Fund) any business in the Dover District that serves the visitor economy and tourism is eligible to be listed on the England’s Coast website. Within White Cliffs Country listings are available for accommodation providers and places to eat within 5 miles of the coast and visitor attractions, activities and local transport providers within 15 miles. If you are listed already, please check your details are up to date. If you are not listed, please visit www.englandscoast.com/en/business-listing-hub/register or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support other local businesses and help visitors discover the local area
*Printed copies are available from the District Visitor Information Centre, based in Dover Museum, or email email@example.com.
Tourism Business Opportunities
Experience Development Programme
To aid the county's recovery following the effects of COVID-19, Dover District Council is working in partnership with Visit Kent on the launch of a brand-new Experience Development Programme.
Funded through the European Interreg Experience project, this unique Development Programme aims to assist both traditional and non-traditional tourism businesses across the region to adapt, and develop new tourism products for business recovery.
The programme will work closely with organisations, supporting them as they adjust and diversify their product offer, encouraging collaboration with businesses both inside and outside of their sector, helping them to reach new audiences, and developing a year-round product to help recovery and resilience against future challenges.
Visit Kent are currently looking to work with 125 eligible organisations, each of whom will receive a range of support to build and launch their new products, from specialist 1:1 consultancy and business planning, to new photography, marketing campaigns and proactive testing and sales with the travel trade.
To find out more about the Experience Development Programme and for details of how to apply, please go to the Visit Kent webpage Interreg France Channel England Experience Project and download the Visit Kent Business Interreg Experience Onboarding Document.
Upcoming tourism, leisure and hospitality webinars
Visit England have launched a new series of business recovery webinars giving you practical insights, tips and guidance to help you get back on track following the coronavirus pandemic. Please visit the following webpage for more information and details on how to register and attend: