Sustainable tourism will play a vital role in driving the recovery of the Peak District and Derbyshire’s visitor economy, paving the way for a brighter future for those who live, work and visit here.
That is the message from Sir Richard FitzHerbert who has been appointed as the new Chair of the area’s official tourist board.
In his new role, Sir Richard FitzHerbert will support Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire’s aims to grow and develop a successful and sustainable visitor economy, helping businesses to recover, rebuild and bounce back in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A keen advocate for the tourism and hospitality industry, Sir Richard FitzHerbert brings a wealth of experience to the role as the owner of the Tissington Estate near Ashbourne, which is managed by Fisher German’s rural property management team.
As well as opening up his historic home, Tissington Hall, to the public for tours and weddings, Sir Richard and his wife Fiona have developed the Estate into a thriving visitor asset with a sweet shop, butchery, candle workshop and tearooms.
Sir Richard’s appointment comes as Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire prepares to launch its 5-year Tourism Recovery Plan, outlining a set of strategic priorities developed with partners to support the recovery of the sector.
Active travel and green tourism will be highlighted as top priorities alongside revitalising market towns, promoting corporate wellness breaks and bidding to become a Tourism Zone to drive major economic growth.
Boosting domestic breaks, extending the tourism season and increasing overnight stays through innovative marketing campaigns will remain a key focus as the destination looks to capitalise on the growing demand for UK holidays.
In 2019 tourism was worth £2.5 billion to the Peak District & Derbyshire economy, supporting 32,000 jobs.
Sir Richard FitzHerbert said:
“I am delighted to be appointed Chair of the Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire Board and I am thrilled that the team is pursuing a sustainable tourism policy as we all bounce back after the past 12 months. At Tissington we welcome thousands of visitors to our holiday lets, tearooms and our Grade II* home, Tissington Hall, every year and our team greet them with a huge Peak District smile.
“As the new Chair I am looking forward to assisting with the local economy’s rural recovery and highlighting our outdoor and wellbeing offer, as well as all our attractions and hospitality venues. We have a great product and I look forward to visiting and promoting our tourism partners in my term as Chair.”
Jo Dilley, Managing Director of Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Sir Richard FitzHerbert as our new Chair as the sector prepares for a successful recovery. 2021 is going to be a great year for domestic UK holidays and there are enormous opportunities for the visitor economy to play a crucial role in the area’s economic recovery; a vision shared by so many of our partners across the Peak District & Derbyshire.
“Sir Richard brings with him an in-depth knowledge of the area’s cultural and heritage landscape along with first-hand experience of the tourism industry. His support will be invaluable and we know that his passion for the area will help make a real difference achieving the priorities highlighted in our Tourism Recovery Plan.”
Find out more about Tissington Hall at www.tissingtonhall.co.uk.
Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire’s Tourism Recovery Plan will be available to download later this month at www.visitpeakdistrict.com/industry.