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.

The long term aims of the NCTA are to:

  • Develop and test approaches to improve the visitor experience of coastal destinations
  • Improve the competitiveness and productivity of small- and medium-sized enterprises in the visitor economy
  • Share good practice, insights and research that informs growth and destination development
  • Breach the gap between academia and the trade to facilitate the application of learning
  • Provide guidance and advice on issues affecting the visitor economy in coastal destinations

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.

To find out how we could work with you or how you could become an Academy partner please contact Sheron Crossman: sheron.crossman@coastaltourismacademy.co.uk 01202 451805.