English Tourism Week is less than a month away! Now in its 5th year, the week celebrates the wealth and breadth of the English tourism offer, helping to raise its profile and kick start the coming season. Everyone's invited to be a part of the week, whether you are a local business, destination organisation, TIC or national trade association.
Submit your events
Why not share your English Tourism Week events and attractions to our new online guide by submitting them here? It's a great way to publicise what's happening in your area during the week and encourage visitors from near and far to come along.
Submissions to the guide should be for events that take place during the week (5-13 March) and will be subject to approval by our moderators. We will be promoting the guide to help consumers and visitors make the most of the week.
Stuck for ideas on what to do for ETW16? Have a look at 101 ideas put together by ETW Steering Group Chairman, David Curtis-Brignell. Or take inspiration from Visit Kent who are holding their annual Kent Big Weekend during English Tourism Week, showcasing a wide range of fun events and attractions in the area with free tickets for local residents, a model which could also work well for other regions.
And don't forget to use our ETW toolkit packed with promotional materials including templates, logos and posters to help you brand your events and join in the fun. Use the hashtag #ETW16 to share your events, photos and experiences on Twitter.
There are many events taking place across the country, below are a few highlights of what's in store for the week:
7 March: Tourism Alliance Parliamentary Reception
The Tourism Alliance's annual Parliamentary Reception at the Houses of Parliament will take place on Monday 7 March, with John Whittingdale, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, as guest speaker.
8 March: VisitEngland Awards for Excellence
Tickets are now on sale for the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence Awards ceremony which, for the first time, will take place during English Tourism Week. Held on Tuesday 8 March at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool, the awards ceremony will see over 80 finalists receive their Gold, Silver, Bronze or Highly Commended awards, as well as the award presentation for the winner of this year's Tourism Superstar. Vote for your favourite here.
12 March: Disabled Access Day 2016
The second Disabled Access Day will take place during English Tourism Week on 12 March, providing a perfect opportunity for you to promote and share any accessible offerings you have online.
12-13 March: The #BigTweetend!
Last year's English Tourism Week came to a rousing end with the social media campaign #BigTweetend with many visitors at attractions and events sharing their selfies on Twitter and Facebook. This year, let's make it bigger and better by encouraging your staff, locals and visitors to share their photos and selfies during the last weekend of English Tourism Week, using the hashtags #ETW16 and #BigTweetend!