Our Partners

The National Coastal Tourism Academy was established in 2013. Since its inception it has undertaken a wide range of projects with funding from:

  • The Department for Communities and Local Government’s Coastal Communities Fund (CCF)
  • VisitEngland’s Discover England Fund (England’s Coast project)
  • Department for Work and Pensions and UKCES Futures programme
  • Economic and Social Research Council (joint project with Bournemouth University)

The NCTA exists to support the visitor economy in coastal communities to achieve growth and relies on the support of our partners and supporters, with thanks to:

Bournemouth and Poole Council || Wessex Translations || Tourism Exchange Great Britain || Visit England || Geotourist

To find out how we could work with you or how you could become an Academy partner or a partner in the England’s Coast project, please email Sheron Crossman.

The long term aims of the NCTA are to:

  • Improve the competitiveness and productivity of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the visitor economy
  • Represent coastal businesses and destinations at a national and international level
  • Liaise with government, politicians and national stakeholders to ensure coastal tourism is represented
  • Share good practice, insights and research that informs growth and destination development
  • Provide guidance and advice on issues affecting the visitor economy in coastal destinations
  • Develop and test approaches to improve the visitor experience of coastal destinations
  • Breach the gap between academia and the trade to facilitate the application of learning

Our team has expertise in undertaking external research projects, creating Destination Management Plans and other strategic contracts on behalf of coastal stakeholders, which include LEPs, DMOs and commercial operators.