People are being reminded about the wealth of attractions in the county and to opt for a staycation as part of the county’s celebrations for World Tourism Day on Sunday 27 September.
With a diverse and high quality tourism economy worth around £1.8bn and over 25 million visitors each year, Staffordshire continues to be a great place to visit and explore.
Whilst many of the county’s attractions are now open following lockdown, some have not reopened yet and others have changed their opening times. Many businesses are also asking people to book in advance, to help them maintain social distancing and visitors may be asked to wear a face covering. Before making a trip, people should visit the attraction’s website for specific details and continue to follow national and local guidance.
The county is home to two of the UK’s leading theme parks; Drayton Manor Park and the Alton Towers Resort, as well as many smaller attractions, stunning countryside including the Peak District National Park, the National Forest and Cannock Chase.
Historic houses and gardens also feature heavily in Staffordshire’s portfolio of world-class visitor attractions. Together with museums and visitor centres they tell the story of the county’s pottery industry, brewing industry and rich industrial heritage.
Philip White, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economy at Staffordshire County Council said: “Staffordshire is a wonderful county to visit and explore and World Tourism Day gives us a great opportunity to show off all we have to offer.
“Opting for a staycation is not only a great way of exploring what’s on your doorstep but it’s also a great way of supporting local tourism businesses who have been struggling recently because of Coronavirus.
“So whether it’s day trips to our two amazing theme parks, relaxing family walks on our country parks or canals or a visit to one of our fantastic museums, we’ll have something for everyone. But whatever you do, or where ever you end up, please follow any local guidance in place to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus. Booking is also essential at most attractions at the minute, so please remember to visit their websites and Facebook pages for specific details before visiting.”
Other notable Staffordshire attractions include, the Trentham Estate and adjacent Monkey Forest, World of Wedgwood, Waterworld, the SnowDome, Weston Park and the Shugborough Estate.
Looking ahead to the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, Cannock Chase will play host to the mountain bike events. This could bring more potential economic and cultural benefits to the area with more visitors taking the opportunity to explore the county.
World Tourism Day is held on 27 September each year and aims to foster awareness of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic values.
People can find out more about the county’s attractions and locations and how to enjoy themselves safely at www.enjoystaffordshire.com/safely