Destination Management

English Riviera Destination Management Plan

Read our plans for the ongoing development of Torbay as a tourism destination for 2022 – 2030.

The English Riviera has a strong history of being a premier coastal resort, with a tourism sector that supports local and regional businesses, creates local jobs, and contributes to the sense of pride in place and quality of life. However, in recent times the English Riviera has struggled to keep pace with changing market needs, with the impact of Covid-19, climate crisis and most recently the cost-of-living crisis are creating unprecedented challenges.

The English Riviera has many wonderful assets and a proud and committed partnership of business and public agencies that want to see the destination flourish. This Destination Management Plan (DMP) sets out the priority actions and delivery tasks that can help the destination succeed. It is informed by local voices but driven by the needs and wants of the visitor.

The ambition for the English Riviera is encapsulated in the following vision statement.

It is time to refresh and reposition the English Riviera as the UK’s premier holiday resort of the future. With a unique heritage, encompassing three towns, each offering a different coastal experience, set within an exceptional natural environment, the English Riviera is so much more than the sum of its parts.

Combining tradition and contemporary, we have a bright future. The English Riviera can offer the best of the seaside, outstanding seafood, exciting activities on and off the water, authentic cultural events, and experiences, and a globally significant UNESCO Global Geopark designation that runs like a golden thread through the entire visitor experience.

This Destination Management Plan (DMP) runs from 2022-2030. It is a policy framework document that sits under the Torbay Economic Growth Strategy 2022-2030 and sets out the interventions that can help propel the visitor destination forward. It isn’t everything that can and will happen but includes proposals which will shift the destination into a higher gear, that build on the inherent strengths, reflecting market trends and opportunities and help to achieve a more sustainable and resilient destination. Read the DMP in full here:

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