Engagement with the Confederation of Passenger Transport
reference coach friendly status to Rye resulting in
physical attendance and high level plans to improve the
perception of Rye Bay in the Coach community, in association
with a commitment from the Rye Bay Marketing Ltd to pursue
this as an agenda item.
Instigation of the Rye Euro Scheme and the promotion of this
on French National television.
Since taking over the 2012 the Official Rye guides we have not relied on public funds, we have significantly grown the guide each year, 100% of the profit is used to promote the Rye Bay Area.
Active advertising programme in the press.
Formation of two new Websites - this one and http://VisitRyeBay.com
Discounted rates for advertising in the Rye Guide
Commission payments into HOTCATS from EVIVO booking system
Donations to Charities, such as St. Michaels Hospice,
Demelza House and Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer
Design and Production of new ceramic Membership plaques
suitable for external use
Far better relations with the Chamber of Commerce than at
any time in recent memory
Excellent relations with Rye Bay Marketing Ltd where
member’s interests and concerns are well represented
A very healthy association of coordinated friendly people
ready to take us forward during recessionary times as a team
we aim to achieve this with :-
(a) A Membership drive to raise awareness and funds
(b) Wider marketing with the funds in association with
neighbouring partners such as Visit Kent, Folkestone and
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membership benefits of the Rye & district hotels &
caterers association (hotcats)
HOTCATS was started in 1961 by our President, Tony Mann,
and a few other dedicated accommodation providers and
Caterers who felt
there was a need for a structured body to promote tourism
and catering in the Rye and District area and participation
discounted marketing opportunities by virtue of membership.
The area that we cover is basically a 7 mile radius from the
Town Hall in Rye with one or two exceptions when
establishments fall outside this area, but are not able to
be part of any other organisation, i.e. there is nothing
else they can join that can help and support them.
At present our Association has a very healthy Membership of
around 50 Members with a very active three monthly meeting
structure (which always includes a social event). This is
not only very enjoyable but an excellent networking
The Association has a full Constitution along with a
Management Structure in which, effectively, all Members form
Therefore everybody has a say in the running and
decision-making of the Association.
The benefits of Membership are as follows :-
- We are Affiliate Members of the
British Hospitality Association, benefits as above, but including legal support and yet more direct Government lobbying ability.
- Free entry to the www.ryeguide.co.uk
Website, which is HOTCATS own site and only includes
Members. All Members can be in as many sections as they justify.
- For Members who are accommodation
providers we have a system in place for keeping each
other advised of room availability. Especially helpful for those last minute cancellations.
- For our Catering Members they have
automatic access to circulating all our Members with
menus etc, plus any special events they may have
and the added advantage of knowing that as Members they
would be recommended to guests of accommodation
providers where appropriate.
- Free inclusion in advertising that
is undertaken, for example our Website is advertised in
The Commuter magazine where we have a ¼ page in full
cover in every issue. This magazine is distributed
bi-monthly free of charge to Southern Rail and Euro Star
users, print run 150,000. We have also negotiated
special advertising rates for our Members in this
publication if they should wish to take an advert
- Representation on Rye Bay Marketing
Ltd which is the influential and premier Group
promoting the Rye and District along with all the
advertising opportunities that this entails.
- Representation on the Rye and
District Chamber of Commerce where we have a very good
working relationship and circulate their correspondence
amongst our Members as well and vice a versa.
- There is also the availability to
advertise your business for sale on the www.visitryebay.com website.
- We are the originators of the www.CinquePorts.com campaign designed to drive traffic and footfall around the Cinque Ports in collaboration with other Cinque Ports Partners.
All of the above for the one-off Joining fee of £25.00.,
which includes Membership Certificate and Ceramic Plaque and
Fee of £50.00 per annum.
Therefore, the first year is £75.00 and each subsequent year
FOR ANY OTHER INFORMATION REGARDING THE ASSOCIATION CONTACT
Paul King (Marketing)
Phone 01797 222220
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information on Rye & District Hotel & Caterers Association.