What do you like most about Eastbourne?

Eastbourne seafront
Eastbourne seafront

TOURISM chiefs in Eastbourne want locals and visitors to tell them what they love most about the town as part of English Tourism Week.

Starting tomorrow, the seven day showcase has been organised by VisitEngland and is designed to help seaside towns such as Eastbourne to cash in on what promises to be a busy 2012.

Both the London Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee take place over the next 12 months as this country benefits from an unprecedented exposure in all four corners of the globe.

The plan is to use the extra publicity to attract more and more visitors from overseas.

With that in mind, English Tourism Week has been launched in a bid to find out exactly what are the best bits of the country’s holiday destinations – of which Eastbourne is one of the most increasingly popular.

All week people are invited to pop into the Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre in Cornfield Terrace to write down what they love best about Eastbourne.

Those who add their contact details will also be in the running for a £20 voucher for Le Loup, a new clothes shop which has recently opened behind the Grand Hotel.

As an extra incentive, the information centre is also offering 25 per cent off all Diamond Jubilee and Olympic souvenirs.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s head of tourism Tracey McNulty said, “We are very excited to be celebrating English Tourism Week in Eastbourne and highlighting how valuable tourism is to our town.

“Eastbourne welcomes nearly five million visitors a year, bringing a huge boost to the local business economy worth over £346 million.

“With Eastbourne said to be the second fastest growing seaside resort, we really want to encourage residents and visitors to make the most of our brilliant tourism offer and English Tourism Week is the perfect opportunity to shout about how great Eastbourne is.”