Record year for tourist centre

EASTBOURNE Tourist Information Centre (TIC) enjoyed its busiest ever year in 2010, attracting a record number of visitors and selling more than 45,000 Day Save train tickets for Southern Rail.

The year saw TIC welcome 267,000 visitors and the latest visitor numbers for November show another significant increase on previous years with more than 18,000 people through the doors that month, 5,000 more visitors than the same month in the last three years.

Sales are continuing to increase year on year too with 45,000 taking advantage of the discounted off peak train tickets since April and nearly 6,000 people using the TIC to purchase the Brighton & Hove Buses Super Saver ticket since it was introduced earlier this year.

Eastbourne Borough Council cabinet member for tourism, Councillor Neil Stanley said, “The Tourist Information Centre has had a fantastic year in 2010 with more visitors than ever before passing through the doors.

“The significant number of users is testament to what an invaluable resource the centre is, not only to visitors, but also to residents, who can use it for booking a variety of things including theatre tickets and coach trips.”

Postcards are continuing to fly out of the door of Eastbourne TIC too, with more than 16,000 snaps of the UK’s sunniest resort winging their way around the globe since April this year.