Welcome to The National Forest tourism industry page.
Throughout 2014 we will be working hard to promote the destination and the tourism businesses within it. The Visitor Guide and Attractions Guides are being distributed throughout the UK supported by our advertising campaign. We appreciate the support from those businesses that chose to advertise within the guides this year.
It is important that the Attractions Guides in particular, are stocked in venues across the area to encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more. Additional copies of the National Forest & Beyond Attraction Guides, can either ordered via our distribution partner, Pear Communications.
Pear Communications have taken over the distribution of our National Forest & Beyond guides from our previous contractor, Take One. They can arrange for regular deliveries of the 2014 Attractions Guides to be sent to you throughout the year. This service is provided free of charge to all tourism businesses from within the National Forest & Beyond area and surrounding counties. To order regular deliveries, you can either use the on-line ordering website www.peardistribution.co.uk or call Kate Davies on 01446 776950. Pear Communications can also supply you with a free counter-top display. To request one of these please call Kate on the number above.
Tuesday 18 March 2014, 10am-1pm at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire
Our annual National Forest & Beyond Networking Event will this year also feature our ever popular Leaflet Swap. This combined event will be held at the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire on Tuesday 18 March 2014.
This is a FREE event to attend and the programme will include:
The leaflet swap part of the morning is the perfect opportunity for you to network and promote your business with other local tourism businesses. You will be able to bring your leaflets for others to collect – and of course to pick up additional leaflets for your guests, in time for the Easter holidays.
There will also be time for networking and the opportunity to raise any questions with representatives from the National Forest & Beyond Partnership and local Tourist Information Centres.
We very much hope that you will be able to join us for what promises to be an informative event. The event is free – but pre-registration is essential. Please complete the reply form below by Friday 28 February 2014.
The National Forest & Beyond Approved Visitor Accommodation Scheme is an inspection scheme accredited by VisitEngland. Assessments are carried out by trained Quality in Tourism inspectors. The scheme is a 'light' version of the full National Quality Assessment Scheme and checks that the business is 'fit for purpose', meets all current legislation requirements, is safe, clean and well-maintained, and that its website presents a true reflection of its offer.
Once accredited, accommodation providers can be promoted on the National Forest website and have the opportunity to be involved within the destination's marketing campaigns. The cost of joining the scheme starts at just £78.50.
For full details of the scheme, including costs, please click on the links below:
Its central location in the country and excellent road network makes The National Forest an ideal and easily accessible destination for events. And there is a real variety of facilities across the destination that can accommodate most events.
This 'Planning an event' guide will help potential organisers find the right site for their event and signpost to organisations who can help. It covers venues across the 200 square miles of The National Forest and those just outside its boundary in the area of The National Forest & Beyond.
There are a number of organisations that can provide grants, training or advice to tourism businesses. Click here for our Tourism Grants and Business Support summary which includes contact details for the organisations that can provide these.
Each of the three counties that stretch across The National Forest has a DMP/tourist board. These are:
Their role is to support the tourism industry by:
The DMP websites provide information on quality inspection, grants available, research, forums, business support and useful contacts.
For more information, contact Quality in Tourism by email: or telephone: 0845 300 6996.