New website hub for tourism around Gatwick

Around Gatwick, aimed at promoting tourism in the areas adjacent to the airport, went live this week.
Around Gatwick, aimed at promoting tourism in the areas adjacent to the airport, went live this week.

A new online tourist information library has launched as a joint venture between Gatwick Airport, the Gatwick Diamond Initiative and local organisations in the south east. gives visitors to the region inspiration and advice about the area’s finest attractions complete with route and travel information.

From ‘a few hours’ to ‘stay a little longer’ as well as one and two-day trip ideas, the new website promises to inspire visitors to discover the rich cultural offerings within easy striking distance of the airport’s doorstep.

Gardens, castles, vineyards and quirky museums all make up the content of the new site, which highlights the attractions of neighbouring Sussex and Surrey but also enables users to explore everywhere from Kent in the east to the New Forest in the west, rising up as far as Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

Lindsay Baldwin, head of airport communications, said: “This is the first time we have been able to offer a tourist information service to passengers and we are pleased to be able to have this in place in time for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

“We are training over 300 Team London Ambassadors and hope they will be able to use this new site as we think this will add terrific value for passengers wanting to explore the region while they are here.”

Rosemary French, executive director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, said: “I am delighted to be supporting the development of this website which will promote the sights, attractions and scenery of the wider area that is the Gatwick Diamond and beyond to tourists and business visitors who arrive at our international Gatwick Airport.”

The website was created to improve the tourism experience for incoming visitors before, during and after the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Tourism South East, who project managed the site development, feel that the website will have a significant benefit for passengers and tourism businesses in the region.

Managing director Peter Colling said: “We are delighted to be working with Gatwick Airport on a range of initiatives to improve the welcome for visitors and encourage them to experience the fantastic range of cultural and heritage attractions that the region offers.”

Other partners in the project included SEEDA, Surrey County Council and West Sussex County Council.

To visit the new website click here.