The Hythe Chamber of Commerce & Tourism was established up in 2008 when two organisations which shared a common interest in promoting Hythe merged. The Hythe Chamber of Commerce, formed in 1921, and the Hythe Tourism & Public Relations Forum, formed in 1998.
In 2014 the names was changed to Hythe Business & Tourism Association to better represent our aims and objects and to reflect the general development Chambers of Commerce nationally from local to regional organisations
What is the Hythe Business & Tourism Association (HBTA)?
HBTA is a not-for-profit organisation whose principal objectives are:
To represent the interests of the business community in local and district affairs;Increase footfall in the High Street and other shopping areas;
Promote the interests of all local businesses & traders
Promote Hythe as a visitor destination of choice.
HBTA is managed by a voluntary executive committee which includes representatives of retailers, professional services, tourism-related businesses, community organisations and Hythe Town Council.
How does HBTA fulfil these functions?
Publishing the Hythe Visitor Guide which includes ‘Where to Stay’ and ‘Where to Eat’ sections.Organising and managing funding for the festive lighting and the Late Night Shopping event in Hythe High Street
Keeping members updated with what‘s happening locally with e-newsletters
Press and public relations activities to promote Hythe as a shopping centre, short break, day-out and leisure destination
Working with Hythe attractions, accommodation providers and the Discover Folkestone, Hythe & Romney Marsh tourism marketing organisation
Supporting the organisers of Hythe in Bloom, Hythe Festival Week, Hythe Venetian Fete and other events