Visit Kent has welcomed a new member to its corporate investor scheme.

Property development and investment group Quinn Estates has joined the destination management organisation as a corporate investor in order to support the county’s visitor economy, and as part of a drive to build mutually-beneficial partnerships with businesses with links to the tourism industry.

CEO of Visit Kent Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE said: “We are really pleased to welcome Quinn Estates as the latest corporate member of our tourism family. 

“By working together with our corporate partners we are able to help them to gain further insights into the tourism sector, and improve their marketing intelligence in order to ensure that they are able to contribute the most that they can to the visitor economy.”

Visit Kent currently has more than 150 investors from across the tourism industry and the county’s local authorities, and works with numerous non-tourism but Kent-based business. The organisation welcomed its first corporate investor, Brachers LLP, in 2016 and expects to announce further partnerships later this year.

Corporate investor membership is open to any large Kent-based businesses and corporate tourism service providers, as well as national/international organisations with a presence in Kent. By joining Visit Kent, they will benefit from networking and partnership opportunities with high level networks in the industry, enabling them to raise their brand profile and meet new clients and partners within the UK’s fastest growing sector.

Mark Quinn, CEO of Quinn Estates, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Visit Kent as a corporate investor. 

“As a Kent born-and-bred company, we understand that the county has a clear and strong vision for tourism. Quinn Estates is an experienced developer with a strength in building tourism and leisure into our development schemes.

“For us, Visit Kent represents tourism interests all working together to celebrate Kent. We are looking forward to getting involved as a corporate investor to help deliver an ambitious tourism strategy in the county.  

“We are committed to working with local groups so that our developments provide a long-term legacy that provides community, social, environmental and economic benefits.”

Quinn Estates is the 13th new investor to join Visit Kent in 2017 to date.

Visit Kent investors pay an annual subscription to Visit Kent, and in turn receive domestic and international marketing, research, PR, digital and development services and advice from the expert team. 

Sandra added: “By becoming a Visit Kent investor, our partners are supporting an industry that brings £3.6 billion to the local economy and supports over 72,000 jobs in the county.” 

“There are so many businesses out there helping to make Kent an outstanding destination, and we are keen to hear from anyone interested in joining us.”