New guide aims to boost tourism

SUFFOLK residents and visitors to the county are being encouraged to get out and about with the launch of the 2008 “Days Out in Suffolk” booklet, compiled by the Suffolk Development Agency's Tourism Partnership.

SUFFOLK residents and visitors to the county are being encouraged to get out and about with the launch of the 2008 “Days Out in Suffolk” booklet, compiled by the Suffolk Development Agency's Tourism Partnership.

The new guide, sponsored by Adnams, provides more than 500 ideas for things to do at attractions and events across the county.

It was officially launched in Southwold, which, besides being home to Adnams, was also a double winner in the awards recently announced by the national “Coast” magazine, with the pier being named Best Coastal Attraction and Adnams' Lord Nelson as the Best Coastal Pub.

“The Days Out booklet provides great inspiration to really enjoy the breadth of what's on our own doorstep here in Suffolk,” said Scott Dolling, marketing manager of the Suffolk Tourism Partnership. “There are over 300 attractions and hundreds of events in the guide, so no one can say they are stuck for something to do whether a resident or visitor.”

Adnams' sponsorship of the guide includes a meal and drink voucher inside. “A meal at an Adnams pub is the perfect way to complete a day out in Suffolk, so we are delighted with this joint venture,” added Adnams' Emma Hibbert.

The day visitor market is crucial to the Suffolk economy, being worth around £750,000 to local businesses.

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The Days Out in Suffolk guide is available free of charge from main Tourist Information Centres, and will also be available at public libraries and leaflet information points at railway stations and hotels throughout the region.

“It's the best publication available on days out in the county and Tourist Information Centre staff find it extremely useful when dealing with enquiries,” said Helen Charters from Ipswich Tourist Information Centre.