The eyes of the country and the world will be fixed firmly on Kent from 11-18 July 2021 as the 149th Golf Open takes place at the Royal St. George’s Golf Course in Sandwich. The event is participating in the government’s Event Research Program which means up to 32,000 spectators could attend the championship days from 14-18 July.
Here are a few quick tips to help with your preparations.
Prepare you staff for travel disruptions
From 13-18 July, Southeastern’s high speed train service is going to be running to a different timetable. In addition from 14-18 July there will be mandatory bookingof tickets on certain Southeastern high speed morning services. Click HERE for more info. Bus services will also be impacted in particular the No.43 from Canterbury to Sandwich. Make sure to keep up to date with Stagecoach’s plans HERE.
Encourage Advance Bookings
Canterbury’s hospitality sector is already operating a limited capacity due to COVID restrictions. From 14-18 July we would recommend that you encourage visitors to pre-book their tables for meals and drinks out, to avoid disappointment on the night. Perhaps send your guests a copy of the digital Summer Guide to help plan their visit?
FREE Golf Open Toolkit
Visit Kent, the official Destination Management Organisation for Kent have produced an excellent guide to what the area can expect from the Golf Open, how to prepare, links and websites to visit beforehand and loads of other useful tips and advice. This toolkit will ensure you provide a warm and safe, Covid-compliant welcome to all the visitors expected to attend. Download it HERE
Order some FREE Canterbury Summer Guides
Let’s share the experience and encourage visitors and customers to explore the city during their stay. Our summer guides include a handy city centre map. They are FREE, you can order as many as you want and we will drop them off to you. Please email Emily Wells to order copies. alternatively you can share a digital version of the guide HERE.
Don’t be afraid to shout about yourself
Large events in the area also provide free marketing and advertising for local businesses as visitors talk about their fun experiences when they go back home and post comments and photos about their experiences. Why not join the conversations using these hashtags: #TheOpen #VisitKent #GolfInKent #OpenforTheOpen #RoyalStGeorges #SummerinKent