New online portal puts Bedfordshire's local communities & attractions firmly on the map!


Experience Bedfordshire are launching an exciting new online portal, uniting the three Local Authorities in a digital visitor gateway to Bedfordshire.

Supported in partnership with Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council, the portal was launched at an afternoon tea event at Luton Hoo on Monday 14th May, and provides a wealth of accurate, up to date information and a convenient itinerary planning and booking system for local attractions, conferencing and packages.

Experience Bedfordshire started in 2010 and are recognised by Visit England as Bedfordshire’s premier Destination Management Organisation. It was created to give visitors access and visibility to all the fantastic attractions, historical and cultural locations and events the area has to offer, and to connect local businesses and the community to visitors, networking and support.

The Experience Bedfordshire board is made up of senior leaders from the largest visitor destinations and organisations in the community, including Woburn Safari Park, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Center Parcs, Forest of Marston Vale, Central Bedfordshire College, Greensand Country and more.
Visitors to Bedfordshire can enjoy unique family attractions, beautiful countryside, and fascinating heritage sites. There are also award-winning food and drink producers, modern museums, shopping and much more. Bedfordshire has excellent travel links with its multiple train stations, motorway access, and international airport.

Councillor Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration at Central Bedfordshire Council, said:

“Bedfordshire is an area of opportunity and this is a fantastic time for businesses wanting to appeal to tourists and visitors to take advantage of some of the growth opportunities. We’re well positioned within the Oxford to Cambridge corridor, which has been highlighted by government as an area for growth and investment. So our excellent road and rail connections are likely to get even better in the future.

“Bedfordshire is blessed with areas of natural beauty, such as the Dunstable Downs and the Forest of Marston Vale, as well as leading national tourist attractions, such as Whipsnade Zoo and the Woburn Estate, with over 1million visitors a year to the zoos.

“Because Bedfordshire was home to the creation of the traditional Afternoon Tea, this is a fitting event to thank all the businesses involved in the sector for making this a great place to visit and employing over 30,000 local people.”

Experience Bedfordshire are thrilled to launch their new online portal and excited to support the growth and expansion of the Visitor Economy, whilst providing a wealth of new opportunities to local businesses and communities.

Photo caption: Attendees networking during the launch at Luton Hoo

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