The Tourism Sector is an important part of the Babergh and Mid Suffolk economy. Information from a report carried out by Destination Research on the Economic Impact of Tourism (2014) showed the total value of tourism in Babergh to be worth some £182million, and provide 2,952 FTE jobs (10.6% of all employment in the district). In Mid Suffolk, it was worth around £162million and provided 2,671 FTE jobs (8.7% of employment in the district).
In order to help the Tourism industry grow in our area and across Suffolk, officers are supporting the creation of a framework of more locally based industry led tourism bodies, called Destination Management Organisations (DMO’s) and Tourism Actions Groups (TAG's). This approach has been established by the Dept of Culture, Media and Sport, and supported by Visit England.
In Suffolk, the initial response has been for the local authorities to establish with Visit Suffolk (a collaborative body) the Suffolk Tourism Partnership ... with the aim of developing a strategy for increasing the value of tourism and effective delivery via a network of DMOs supported by an overarching marketing body.