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Visitor Economy and Cultural

The visitor economy and cultural sectors together account for a significant part of East Suffolk’s economy. The vibrancy of these sectors is a key factor in “what makes East Suffolk special”; it is frequently what causes many people to want to live and work in the area, as well as to visit it.

East Suffolk has a strong and colourful heritage that has shaped the area and can still be seen today – in the Anglo-Saxon burial grounds of Sutton Hoo, at Framlingham Castle, once home to Mary Tudor, and the historic ‘scores’ (narrow lanes leading to the sea) in Lowestoft.

The natural landscape is also a huge draw to visitors of all ages, whether it be days on the beach, or walking through the picturesque countryside of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

East Suffolk Council will support these sectors by:

  • Nurturing local supply chains through, for example, the promotion of local food and drink, particularly when there is a clear association of brands with East Suffolk (e.g. Adnams Southwold Bitter).
  • Working with partners, particularly the Suffolk Coast Destination Management Organisation, to define a “year-round offer”.
  • Forging links to regeneration imperatives and ventures, particularly in Lowestoft (First Light, Heritage Action Zone, etc.)
  • Helping to define a visitor economy “offer” in relation to East Suffolk’s market towns.

  • Promoting the area as a whole as a place to live, work and visit – and invest.

Tourism Report

Each year East Suffolk Council commissions a report on the economic impact of tourism in East Suffolk. For the latest tourism statistics, click on the link below to view the report for 2018. The data for 2019 will be released in the summer of 2020.

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