Visit Kent has welcomed a new member to its corporate investor scheme. Chartered accountancy and business advisory firm MHA MacIntyre Hudson 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. MHA MacIntyre Hudson is a top 15 firm of chartered accountants, tax and business advisers with offices across the country, including Canterbury and Maidstone. MHA MacIntyre offer specialist services for travel and tourism, hospitality and leisure as well as agricultural and rural businesses within Kent and by supporting the work of Visit Kent, they are helping to grow an industry worth £3.8 billion to the county’s economy and supporting 77,000 tourism jobs.


CEO of Visit Kent Deirdre Wells OBE said: “We are delighted to welcome MHA MacIntyre Hudson as the latest corporate member of our tourism family. By working together with our corporate partners, we are able to support them in gaining further insight into the tourism sector, improving their marketing intelligence 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 also works with numerous non-tourism Kent-based business. The organisation welcomed its first corporate investor, Brachers LLP, in 2016 and expects to announce further partnerships throughout 2019.


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.


Sue Rathmell, head of the Kent Travel and Tourism Team at MHA MacIntyre Hudson, said: “Many of the partners and staff at MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s offices in Canterbury and Maidstone have their roots in Kent and an in-depth understanding of the way the county’s businesses operate, as well as the issues and challenges they face.”


“We are delighted to become a corporate partner of Visit Kent and we look forward to getting to know its members and helping them grow their businesses. We believe Kent is a great place to welcome tourists and we want to help the county’s tourism sector become even more successful.


“Our team of accountants, tax staff and business advisors is committed to promoting Kent and helping its businesses succeed. This makes a partnership with Visit Kent an obvious choice.


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.


Deirdre added: “By becoming a Visit Kent investor, our partners are supporting an industry that brings £3.8 billion to the local economy, welcoming over 65 million visitors and supporting over 76,000 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.”


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