Creating eco-tourist attractions
Sheppey already attracts many thousands of visitors to its caravan parks but it doesn’t have much in the way of quality hotel space and with the rise in popularity of the Staycation and eco-holidays, we are well placed to develop a range of attractions to cater for a number of different markets.
We are blessed with a great nature reserve over at Elmley that already attracts around 20,000 people onto The Island each year. They tend to come on and go straight off The Island without stopping to explore and spend money. This is because there is nothing in that area of interest. The ‘Stay On Sheppey’ plan shows how we can capitalise on this opportunity.
It also shows how we can take other great selling points that The Island has and market them in such a way as to attract people with a range of interests.
The plan is to find a number of locations and using established eco-construction techniques, build several eco-holiday complexes with 10-20 self catering eco-chalets and associated services on each site.
Each will be themed based upon the location. They include a sea fishing and boat excursion theme in Queenborough, a watersports complex at Barton’s Point, a hotel built from shipping containers around the Blue Town area, an area for rest and relaxation over at the Leas, one or two complexes over the at Eastchurch, Warden and Leysdown that focus on the rich history and beautiful walks and finally a centre piece at the Elmley Nature Reserve that would serve the visitors who come to The Island to enjoy their birdwatching past time.
There are no guarantees and there is a lot of red tape to cut through but the concepts are sound and we have the materials, the skills and resources to be able to develop these concept.
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