Information and news for Arun District tourism businesses

Tourism is vital to Sussex by the Sea, the tourism 'brand' of Arun District Council.

Many businesses rely on the thousands of visitors who visit the district every year, either first-hand or indirectly.

Arun District Council aims to work closely with all tourism businesses and organisations in the Arun District, whether they be accommodation providers, attractions, event organisers, retailers, food outlets or their local suppliers. We can help through promotion, business advice, local knowledge and contacts, networking opportunities, skills training & advice and more.

A - Z Useful Information for Tourism Businesses

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If you own or  work in a local tourism business why not bookmark this page and keep checking back for updates.

Click on the A - Z links below for helpful information.

If you can't find the answer to your particular question here please contact us. Here to help!


  • 2018 / 2019 Diary Dates!  Tourism Business events and useful dates
  • Advertising Promote your tourism business with Arun Times and Sussex by the Sea
  • Business advice including Arun Business PartnershipGreen Tourism and Useful Information for Visitor Accommodation Providers
  • Tourism Leaflet Stocks for your business
  • Visitor economy How much is it worth to the Arun District  and Sussex by the Sea?


Accessible Sussex by the Sea

Purple Pound Infographic from Visit England (value of accessible tourism market)


Appeal to a wider range of visitors and attract more business.


Visit England say "Many tourism businesses are realising that catering for disabled and older customers is now a necessity and a win-win situation that brings a host of business benefits". 

Discover how to create an Accessibility guide for your tourism business  with VisitEngland; to assist your guests and customers and encourage return visits. 

TIP: Add this useful local accessible travel link in a prominent place on YOUR business website and in your email 'signature'.


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Advertise your business with Sussex by the Sea


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Showcase your tourism business to the thousands of residents of; and visitors to Sussex by the Sea

Email to hear about our plans for 2019 and 2020
Website advertising with

FREE Standard business listings; searchable by category are currently supplied at no charge for Arun District tourism businesses (£50 + VAT per year for businesses from neighbouring districts)

What do you get?
  • Essential location & contact details
  • Brief description
  • NO images or website social media links.

We try to include ALL Arun District Tourism businesses. If you can't see yours, or need to update the information, please email Sussex by the Sea


Place your advert here


Create more impact with a choice of Enhanced Listings or Banner Adverts




Enhanced listings; searchable by category, from £50 per year

What do you get?
  • Searchable by category listing - with image
    • Listing includes:
    • links to your  business website and social media,
    • up to 4 images and more text.
    • Plus - we'll share your social media news - if you tag or share with Sussex by the Sea. 
All this for just £50 + VAT per year (£100 + VAT for businesses from neighbouring districts)                     
See the difference between standard and enhanced listings  


​Banner advertising, from £116 per year

Banner artwork with a direct link to your website or social media, on the most relevant page(s)for your business; with the chance to share in well over 500,000 page views per year (2015/2016 figures)

See an example of banner advert location here

From just £120 + VAT per year  email Sussex by the Sea for more details.


Advertise your business with Arun Times

Arun Times Winter 2016 - 2017 Front Cover

The Arun District Council resident magazine, sent by Royal Mail direct to the doorsteps of every household in the Arun district, with a  total circulation of around 70,000. Produced twice a year in full colour, Arun Times is a free quality magazine packed full of news, interesting and timely articles, and a handy ‘What’s On’ guide too.

Please click this link if you are interested in advertising in future editions (subject to availability)

Current Deadlines:

Spring 2019: 
Booking: 31 January 2019    Artwork: 31 January 2019
Distribution: 12 April 2019


Spring 2019: 
Booking: email for schedule details

Distribution: April 2019
Winter 2019: 
Distribution: November 2019


Spring 2020: 
Booking: email for schedule details

Distribution: April 2020


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Business advice


Do you run a business in the Arun District? 

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The Business and Regeneration Team at Arun District Council can advise on a whole range of subjects, including town centre management; regeneration plans; planning and general business advice for any type of business. Read more here




Join your LOCAL business organisation

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The Arun Business Partnership offers many benefits from regular informal networking , B2B opportunities, annual Business of the Year Awards and the knowledge that we are all working together to make Sussex by the Sea and the Arun District a vibrant and successful place for businesses and visitors. Read more here




The regional partnership organisation

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Tourism South East provides services and expertise to support the performance and growth of local tourism businesses and destinations. Sign up as a TSE member for a range of benefits for your business. Read more here




Accommodation businesses, useful information

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If you are thinking about starting up or manage an existing business and need a useful reference tool, please read and download the latest: Useful information for Arun District Visitor Accommodation Providers [pdf] 270KB here.




General Online Marketing opportunities

Visit Britain and Visit England LogoWe've discovered this great toolkit from Visit England which may also help you make the best of all the latest Online Marketing opportunities for your tourism business. Read more here



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Green Tourism in Sussex by the Sea

Visit England Green Tourism (Gold award) logoBeing green makes good business sense and helps make Sussex by the Sea sustainable.

VisitEngland has lots of information on sustainable tourism. Visitors to Sussex by the Sea are also encouraged to engage in green tourism activity where possible.



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Diary Dates! - Tourism Business events and useful dates

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Several networking and special interest events are organised by different organisations and occur in the region throughout the year. 

Please click on the links provided below and contact the organiser direct  to register, book or for more information. 

Sussex by the Sea and Arun District Council are not responsible for events organised by external providers.


West Sussex Leaflet Exchange at Butlin's Bognor Regis

West Sussex Leaflet Exchange 

Wednesday 07 March 2018  ( 2019 date to be confirmed Organised by Visit Chichester in partnership with Butlin's, who provide the venue at Upper Bognor Road, Bognor Regis PO21 1JJ



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Sussex Top Attraction Leaflet Exchange at Michelham Priory 15 March 2018 





2019 English Tourism Week #EnglishTourismWeek19English Tourism Week 30 - March - 07 April 2019

An annual week long nationwide opportunity to celebrate 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. Read more here




Turning the Tide A Bright future for Bognor Regis Conference invitation

Turning the Tide in Bognor Regis

This Conference was hosted jointly by Arun District Council, West Sussex County Council and Bognor Regis Town Centre Management at Butlin's Bognor Regis in September 2017

The Conference showcased the regeneration investments being made in the town and explained why it’s the place to be planning your next big investment. If you'd like to know more about regeneration and oppoortunities in Bognor Regis, take a look




    West sussex County Council events

West Sussex School Term Dates




The Official Sussex Flag to celebrate Sussex Day , 16th June each year Sussex Day - 16 June every year.

The annual celebration of all things Sussex.


EVENT ORGANISERS! If you're planning an event in June - why not adopt a #SussexDay theme?


Events - Advertising and Promotion 

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Read on to see the FREE publicity options provided by Arun District Council and Sussex by the Sea. Follow our FREE  promotion action plan for maximum promotion opportunities: 

1.      Complete the full event details online - by clicking this link to: Arun District Council’s What’s On Database

2.      Details will be published (once approved) on the Arun District Council 'What’s On' page  and also added to the District's Official Online Tourist Information Sussex by the Sea 'What's On' page.

3.      Share your event details on Social Media. Contact and let us know that your organisation is on Facebook or Twitter and we will make sure Sussex by the Sea follows you. If you 'tag' "Sussex by the Sea" on either of these media, then we will automatically be notified of your message, so can view and share your latest news and information to around 1200 followers to the Sussex by the Sea Facebook page and over 6,000 followers on Twitter

Want help with Social Media?  See the latest information on the Skills and Training section of the Sussex by the Sea Tourism Business Page.

4.      Email a jpeg of your event poster to for inclusion on your Sussex by the Sea What's On listing and / or the Sussex by the Sea Social Media sites. If you have uploaded your event posters to your social media, again 'tag' Sussex by the Sea and we can share it with our followers

5.      Print copies of your event poster(s) (A4 portrait) and / or DL or A5 size flyers and deliver to the Visitor Information Points at: Arundel, Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. Click on the link to view addresses and opening times throughout the year. Each Visitor Information Point has limited display space, and so cannot always guarantee to display all event information. Preference is likely to be given to events in the very local town and area.

6.   Tell us the dates of your major events for the year(s) ahead as early as possible so that details can be included in the following printed publications, subject to space availability:

Arun Times Two editions per year each delivered to over 72,000 Arun District households and businesses 

Current Deadlines:

Spring 2019: 
Booking: 31 January 2019  Artwork: 31 January 2019 
Distribution: 15 April 2019

Winter 2019: 
Please email for information


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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)  + other latest legislation news

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018, replacing the Data Protection Act (DPA). 

Please see this helpful information from Visit England / Britain and make sure your business is ready and compliant. 

There is also lots of guidance from the Information Commission Office (ICO). Here is a link their general guidance, please contact them with any queries.

These two pdfs; " GDPR presentation for Tourism South East March 2018. [pdf] 8MB " and  Tourism South East GDPR FAQs March 2018 [pdf] 579KB  both provided by Tourism South East after a recent workshop on the subject may also be helpful.

n.b.The same Visit Britain link will also provide latest legislative news on Fire Safety and the new Ban on Card Charges legislation.  


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Partnership opportunities

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From time to time we hope to offer opportunities to join us in specific campaigns, exhibitions etc and this is where we will feature information. If you have an idea and would like to work with us, please contact to discuss.

Tourism Leaflet Stocks for your business

If you have the capacity to display a small range of local tourism leaflets for your guests, residents, staff and visitors to discover more about Sussex bythe Sea, you can order supplies to be delivered straight to your door.

National distributors BrochureConnect and TakeOne Media both have online ordering facilities for you to choose from a range of titles. It makes sense to promote local attractions to encourage people to stay local and return more often, so here's a handy list of the most popular local leaflets and where you can get more stocks.



Tourism Trends, Facts and Figures

Interested in Tourism Trends?

Visit England and Britain have some fascinating research and statistics looking forward to a healthy future for English tourism.

If you own a tourism business and have a query that the Tourism Business Development Officer can help with, please email and we'll do our best to help.


How much is the visitor economy worth to the Arun district  and Sussex by the Sea?

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Take a look at the latest figures compiled by Tourism South East, on behalf of Arun District Council. We hope this will give an idea of just how important tourism is to the Arun District and Sussex by the Sea. Just click on the links below to view the pdf files.

2017 Arun District Tourism Economic Impact [pdf] 161KB

2016 Arun District Tourism Economic Impact [pdf] 185KB

2015 Arun District Tourism Economic Impact [pdf] 220KB

2014 Arun District Tourism Economic Impact [pdf] 158KB

2013 Arun District Tourism Economic Impact [pdf] 309KB

2012 Arun District Tourism Economic Impact [pdf] 154KB

To see the bigger picture, click on these further links for regional, Tourism South East and national Visit England and Visit Britain statistics and information. 


Image of The Guardian Newspaper and Brexit article

Read a recent article in The Guardian on the perceived effect of 'Brexit' on tourism featuring information about the Sussex by the Sea area. Tourism South East also provide lots of information on any possible impact.


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Quality Accommodation Schemes

All visitor accommodation businesses promoted and supported by Sussex by the Sea participate in the National Quality Assurance Schemes operated by 

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Quality Attraction Schemes

More and more attractions are discovering the benefits of joining the VisitEngland Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme.

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Skills and training for tourism businesses

We work with partners to deliver a range of skills and training courses periodically throughout the year.

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Clicjk this image for information on Google Analytics workshops

This powerful tool is far more useful than simply recording traffic to your websites, which are increasingly important as a marketing channel in this digital age. This half-day course will give insights into how content, navigation and search engine optimisation can be improved using data you may never knew existed. Bring along your laptop, use our free wi-fi and work alongside the instructor from your own website’s perspective. 

Find out more and register your interest for the next date planned - to be arranged.


Digital Dilemmas

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Need help with the ever changing world of Online Marketing for your Tourism Business?
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Fazed by Facebook? Torn by Twitter? Traumatised by Tripadvisor?  ocial Media can help grow your business and we can help you to unravel the mysteries and make these free tools work for your business. Email now to arrange a FREE appointment to chat through how we can help.

Welcome Host Customer Skills Training

Welcome to Excellence LogoWe work with our partners Tourism South East to deliver a range of training options for you and your staff so that your tourism business can offer the warmest of 'Sussex by the Sea welcomes'. Email now to arrange a FREE appointment to chat through how we can help your business.