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New Local Accommodation Scheme for B and Bs and Guest Houses

Media Release : 23 February 2012

A new way of assessing Wealden's hotels, guest houses and B and Bs seeks to improve standards while helping to reduce costs for accommodation providers.

The Wealden coastline

Accredited by Visit England, the Enjoy Sussex Local Accommodation Scheme has been developed to raise the overall minimum quality standards of accommodation for visitors and is a new, nationally recognised, low-cost version of the full Quality in Tourism (QiT) annual assessment scheme.

Assessments are carried out by independent assessors from QiT.  No overnight stay is needed and costs are from just £78.50. The scheme checks that accommodation is "fit for purpose" and meets all current legal requirements, that businesses are safe, clean and well-maintained, and that their websites present a true reflection of the accommodation on offer.

"Tourism is a very important part of our local economy and Wealden District Council wants to promote new tourist opportunities and good quality accommodation for visitors," said Councillor Roy Galley, Wealden District Council Cabinet member with responsibility for tourism. "This scheme is an important contribution to achieving this, giving visitors peace of mind that the accommodation they are booking will be safe and secure and that they are getting what they see on the provider's website."

The Enjoy Sussex Partnership continues to support and recommend the full national QiT assessment scheme, which offers many additional benefits. The Enjoy Sussex Local Accommodation Scheme simply offers a low-cost alternative for businesses that would like to be assessed at a basic level and be able to assure visitors they have achieved a recognised quality standard. For full details of this new scheme or to learn more about the benefits full membership of the Enjoy Sussex Partnership can bring to your accommodation business, please contact the Economic Development and Tourism Team at Wealden District Council by phoning 01892 602884/ 6/ 7 or emailing tourism@wealden.gov.uk

Enjoy Sussex is a partnership between  Wealden, Lewes, Horsham and Mid-Sussex District Councils who work together to promote and develop the area as a visitor destination. The Partnership is responsible for producing the Enjoy Sussex website (external link) and   Visitor Guide, which are supported by a national marketing campaign to encourage visitors to the area.

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