Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Local people are being reminded that they can now register to offer bed and breakfast accommodation for next year’s Open Golf Championship in Sandwich.

Dover District Council and its partners, including Thanet, are aiming to top up the list of available accommodation for the event.

A new website at has been launched, which aims to be a “one-stop shop” for visitors and residents. The site lists all accredited Kent hotels, guest houses and local residents willing to take in bed and breakfast guests, as well as travel and local resident information.

There is a £60 registration fee to become a temporary accommodation provider, which covers the cost of the website listing and a visit to provide advice on facilities, rates, fire risk and public liability. Colebrook and Sturrock are the official agents for property lettings over the period of the Open.

More than 180,000 spectators, staying between one and seven nights, attended the Open when it was last staged in Sandwich in 2003, contributing an estimated £17.6 million to the local economy. Even more visitors are expected for the 2011 tournament, which takes place from Sunday 10 July until Sunday 17 July.

The website has been developed by Dover District Council in partnership with Visit Kent, Kent County Council, and Canterbury, Shepway and Thanet councils.

For further information, please visit or call Dover District Council’s tourism team on 01304 240477.

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