Felixstowe: Resort’s Tourist Information Centre could be moving to save cash

Felixstowe Tourist Information Centre.

Felixstowe Tourist Information Centre. - Credit: Archant

A RESORT’S tourist information centre may be on the move from the seafront – in a bid to save money.

Suffolk Coastal has already relocated Woodbridge’s tourist services to the town’s library and is now looking at closing and moving Felixstowe TIC, currently based in council-owned premises in Undercliff Road West.

Before the Woodbridge TIC move, the council was the only one in Suffolk to have three TICs, with an annual cost of more than £250,000 a year. The changes at Woodbridge are saving £30,000 annually.

Councillors say they remain as committed to attracting tourists to the district, but the way visitors access information is changing.

Felixstowe councillor Michael Sharman said: “I am very concerned at the possibility of losing the TIC from the seafront – I think that’s where visitors expect to find it.

“I know the council has already visited the library to look at the facilities there.”

A spokesman for Suffolk Coastal said: “We are always seeking to provide the best possible tourist information facilities and, in time, visitors may be better served by relocating our Felixstowe operation.

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“This does not mean that the service itself is threatened, however we must always seek to meet the changing demands of tourists and the tourism industry itself.

“Any new or potential venues would need to meet a range of relevant criteria and the library is only one of many sites that may come under consideration.

“Additionally, were a new site to be identified, no decision would be taken without detailed discussions and consultation with the town council and other stakeholders such as the chamber of commerce.

“Clearly, we will must be mindful of the needs of our businesses and our visitors when it comes to making any decision.”