Medway looks to future of heritage tourism
Medway Council's Head of Sport, Leisure, Tourism and Heritage, Bob Dimond, attended our heritage and tourism round table last week with Historic England, to talk about the future of visitor attractions in region.
He told Future Cities Forum that 'the trouble is not the physical connection' of an excellent and fast railway line (Javelin train connection from St Pancras) to Medway for visitors, ' but the mental perception of the connection ' concluding that Medway has to 'tell its story' better in terms of infrastructure and attraction.
At the round table, Historic England's Director of Planning, Ian Morrison, spoke about some heritage buildings and sites being swamped by too many visitors to make for comfortable tourism experiences and Bob admitted that he wished Medway 'had some of HE's issues over numbers'
Bob gave the example of Dickens' writing chalet which he would like to draw international visitors to but he says the council needs to find ways to grow awareness of it a