Goodleaf Tree Climbing launch unique 3 day tree climbing course

Award winning Goodleaf Tree Climbing, the UK’s recreational tree climbing specialist have added an innovative new course to their portfolio of tree climbing experiences.

A ‘first’ for Europe, Essential Recreational Tree Climbing (ERTC) is a three day recreational tree climbing course aimed at complete beginners.  No knowledge of technical tree climbing is needed; the course will teach you how to climb large trees with ropes and harness and allow you to experience the magic of tree top life.  The course has been written by Paul McCathie from Goodleaf in conjunction with Lantra Awards.

Ideal for anyone with an interest in trees, climbing or who simply wants to learn a fascinating and unusual new skill, ERTC takes place on peaceful farm land in the rural heart of the Isle of Wight within easy travelling distance of ferries.

Paul McCathie, Goodleaf’s founder says “We got many requests for a more detailed course from both our regular customers and members of the general public. ERTC is in depth, but delivered in our usual chilled out Goodleaf style with an emphasis on enjoyment as well as learning. By working with Lantra Awards we can give our climbers confidence in the skills they are learning. “

According to Kerry Lees, who was one of the first ERTC students; “I had no experience at climbing trees the way arborists do, so this was a great way to learn! The course was well run at a relaxed pace and was very informative. The flapjack was great too!”

ERTC is taught in small groups with a maximum of four participants. Goodleaf have lined up discounts with some of their favourite accommodation providers and a local ferry operator for anyone taking part. A full schedule of available course dates and more details can be found on the Goodleaf website:


For further information contact
Abigail Fox, Goodleaf Tree Climbing
07800 720001


Goodleaf Tree Climbing is the UK’s recreational tree climbing specialist and is based on the Isle of Wight.

Topics covered on Essential Recreational Tree Climbing include tree identification, assessment and safety, DRT (doubled rope technique), knots, aerial rescue, light branch removal and hammock installation. Participants are assessed and awarded a certificate from Lantra Awards and Goodleaf on passing the course. Goodleaf is the only company qualified to the deliver the course. With suitable trees, the course can be delivered anywhere in the country.

Lantra Awards are a nationally recognised Awarding Organisation and are part of Lantra, the UK’s Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries.


Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) – the Destination Management Organisation tasked with attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight – has announced significant investment in a major new marketing campaign aimed at driving pre-season visitor numbers.

The spring campaign, which highlights the Island’s appeal as an out of season destination, will also showcase its range of new products, including Acoustic Isle (13 to 23 March, a brand new music event which will build over the next three years to provide consumers with an excuse to visit the Isle of Wight and turn a trip into a full-blown musical holiday.

VIOW, the Isle of Wight Council and its industry partners is investing £175,000 (total fund £210,000) into a new 3-month marketing campaign, launching this month (February 2014). In addition to consumer press and radio advertising, the campaign is also supported by a £45,000 media partnership with VisitEngland (VE) focusing on what England is most loved for including the English Seaside and the English Countryside.

The VE themed campaigns which start this month will run on the radio, in newspaper supplements and via social media and PR.   A series of holiday supplements and competitions with themes from ‘Rural Escapes’ to the ‘Great Outdoors’ will appear in The Independent, The Telegraph, Time Out, the London Evening Standard, Woman & Home, Essentials and Chat – and help drive traffic to VIOW’s award-winning website which sees up to 100,000 unique visitors a month.

Tourism officials also hope to attract thousands of new visitors from the Greater London area with an advertising blitz on the London Underground which will see posters plastered all over stations at Victoria and Waterloo as well as high visibility coving panels sporting the message “Close your eyes and you’re almost there…the perfect weekend escape, less than 2 hours from London”.

In addition, the first phase of a two-year Shades of Wight campaign created by VIOW has started with a high-end brochure which will be promoted in press ads in The Radio Times, Hampshire Life and Stylist magazine.   The campaign aimed at AB1’s (couples and groups of friends) seeks to challenge perceptions of holidaying on the Isle of Wight by featuring the unique, distinctive quality experiences the Island has to offer throughout the year, with special attention given to the spring and autumn periods.

VIOW is constantly developing new ways to attract out of season visitors to the Isle of Wight and is currently developing and marketing a new campaign for 2014, Acoustic Isle.   From chap-hop to jazz, classical and folk, the Acoustic Isle festivities kick off on 13 March, featuring hundreds of intimate performances in Island pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants.

This March, a succession of national and regional radio and newspaper ads will invite people to “Unplug, take a break and re-connect with nature’s soundtrack on the Isle of Wight”, while 40,000 copies of a newspaper-style gig guide will be distributed off-Island and will also be available at cross-Solent terminals as well as pubs, hotels and Island tourist information points.

David Thornton, Chief Executive, VIOW, says “We saw good growth in the late spring and summer last year, and whilst visitor numbers have been challenged by the poor weather over the winter, we have still performed far better than the mainland seaside resorts.

“This latest campaign push has been slightly delayed whilst we waited for the dreadful weather to subside, but now it’s great to see the Isle of Wight message appearing in the national press and across the London Underground network.”

Following discussions with VIOW, South West Trains has announced that it is extending its Winter Smiles campaign – a £10 day return train ticket offer from London to Southampton, Portsmouth and Southsea – from Monday 24 February until Sunday 16 March 2014.  More details about the offer can be found at

For all tourist information on the Isle of Wight, visit


For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer, Tel: 07766 705672, E-mail:

Notes to editors:

  • Attached – copy of the advertisement running on the London Underground (2000 tube panel posters) from Monday 24th February for two weeks.  Station footfall at London Victoria is 3.163m/2wks (69% ABC1), Waterloo:  station footfall 3.235m/2wks (67% ABC1).
  • Attached – copy of Acoustic Isle advertisement.  The event will be promoted in national, regional and local media channels and on TV screens on board Isle of Wight ferries.  The target audience for the campaign lives between Hampshire and London, loves the countryside and its pubs, the coast and its waterside inns, and likes to treat themselves to short breaks when they can relax, unwind and spend quality time together.
  • Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website ( the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities:
  • is now the Isle of Wight’s Number One Holiday website.  The consumer website, was launched in February 2013. Visitor traffic during July 2013 was 73% higher than the old Islandbreaks site for the same time last year.  During August 2013, the website hit an all-time record with 107,000 unique visitors in one month and in December 2013 recorded a 271% increase in traffic compared with the same month in 2012.


Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) has announced the appointment of Katie Jones to the newly created role of Sales & Events Manager in a move aligned to the DMO’S plans to step up the pace of its expansion into key sectors of the events and tourism industry.

Katie joins VIOW from The Beacon magazine, where she was the Senior Sales Executive responsible for producing some of their monthly publications distributed across the Island.  Prior to this she worked for an events agency in Milton Keynes where she managed accounts for Goodwood Festival of Speed and car product launches for Audi.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight says:   “Events are an important motivator of tourism, and figure prominently in the development and marketing plans of most destinations.

“With Katie’s experience, we plan to grow new and existing events which help to address seasonal gaps in visitor numbers, therefore contributing to a more sustainable tourism industry.”

Born on the Island and educated at Cowes High School, Katie’s career began in 2006 after graduating from Leeds Metropolitan University with a BA Honours degree in events management.

In her new role at VIOW, Katie will be responsible for business expansion in a number of key areas with a special focus on events and generating income through brochure sales and off-Island sponsorship.

Katie says: “Despite strong competition, the Isle of Wight has been successful at attracting high profile events and I look forward to working with potential investors and reinforcing our reputation as a world-class events destination.”

For all tourist information on the Isle of Wight, visit    Tourism industry updates can be found at visit


For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer, Tel: 07766 705672, E-mail:

Notes to editors

Katie Jones started work in the VIOW office on Monday 24th February 2014.  An image of Katie is attached.

Ventnor Fringe unveils plans to open theatre and record store; the ‘Ventnor Exchange’

The team behind the award winning Ventnor Fringe Festival is delighted to announce an ambitious new project to create a year round multi use arts venue and independent record store on the Island.

The Ventnor Exchange, which it is hoped will be located in the former Ventnor Post Office on Church Street, will provide a unique cultural centre for the town and provide a year round base for the Fringe and it’s activities.

Subject to obtaining relevant permissions, the Fringe hope to open the Exchange in April 2014 with a weekly vinyl market on Fridays and Saturdays stocking both the latest releases and vintage classics. The store would also host special ‘in store’ performances, talks and debates as well as serve fresh coffee and even contain a small bar open into the evening.

From May 2014 the building will also be equipped to transform into a Studio Theatre with a full programme of performances during the week. Hosting work from both visiting companies and work produced by the Exchange and it’s team of associate artists, it is planned to be a unique venue showcasing emerging talent.  Inspired, as the festival was, by Edinburgh, where the Traverse Theatre (now housed in a purpose built £3.3 million building) was first formed in 1963 in an abandoned brothel, and has gradually developed into an internationally recognised venue specialising in staging new writing.

Initial plans for the venue were announced by the organisers at a Christmas party held at East Dene Mansion in Bonchurch where the Festival Director, Jack Whitewood, described the project as the ‘Next exciting steps in our journey to develop a unique creative hub in Ventnor’

Regular updates on the progress of the project will be available on the Ventnor Fringe’s website and social media.

Today also marks the opening of applications for the fifth Ventnor Fringe Festival which this year is expanding to six days running from Tuesday 12th – Sunday 17th August 2014 and will once again also coincide with both the Ventnor Carnival and Isle of Wight Film Festival. Artists of any creative medium invited to apply and artists are entitled to keep 100% of their own ticket sales. Last year more than 350 artists performed at the Festival travelling from across the world. For more information please visit


For more details please contact:

Festival Director

General Enquires


@vfringe #vfringe  #ventnorexchange





Newly appointed to Visit Isle of Wight, Tom Ransom, who was employed through the Isle of Wight Council’s successful Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) bid, is busy wheeling out a set of exciting tourism opportunities around holidays by bike.

Cycle Tourism is growing all over the globe with a wealth of stunning routes being developed to capitalise on the economic benefits. Tom moved to the Island from New Zealand where he was involved in the NZ government’s 60 Million dollar NZ Cycle Trail scheme.  Now keen to put this experience to good use, he is currently developing branding and marketing plans to ensure the Isle of Wight is at the forefront of the cycle tourism movement.

Tom says “2014 is the Year of the Bike, with a perfect storm of interest in cycling gripping the nation”  and Tom believes the Island has some world class cycle routes, “the round island and our cycle ways on old railways are assets that have real potential to pull new visitor to the Island if we get the marketing right.”

And modern cycle tourists have an impressive spending profile:

Tom says “Cycle tourists nowadays are looking for high-end accommodation and back-up services like baggage transfers and they are prepared to pay well for it.  It’s less about speedy Lycra super heroes, more about active over 50’s using comfort bikes on four night tours. That way, they can relax and enjoy our stunning scenery and have lots of opportunities to stop and spend.”

Tom has also sent out invites to a Cycle Tourism workshop on 18th February between 11.30 and 14.00.  It’s a chance for the Island tourism sector to learn about opportunities for their businesses and see how Visit Isle of Wight’s “Bicycle Island” brand is developing. Speakers will present on cycle tourism case studies from the UK and overseas and after lunch, the workshop sessions on Bicycle Island will kick off.

Tom says “So many people on the island have worked for years to develop cycle business and routes on the Island. It’s important for them to be involved in the next phase of the industry’s development.”

Anyone interested in attending this or future cycle tourism workshops should contact Tom for an invitation and further information – he is available at Visit Isle of Wight on 01983 201048, or email him on

Tom is also attending the Telegraph Outdoor Show where he will be supporting the IW Council’s event team in promoting their annual cycling festival held in September and drumming up even more interest in “Bicycle Island”.



For further information, or images, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Visit Isle of Wight Press Officer

Tel: 07766 705672, E-mail:

Notes to editors:

  1. Image attached shows Tom and his son Oliver enjoying the Island’s cycle “Rail Trail” from Cowes to Sandown.
  2. Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website ( the DMO also operates a small industry
  3. website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities:

The Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) was launched by the Government in September 2010.  The Fund provides an opportunity for local transport authorities outside London to ‘build on their plans for taking forward sustainable travel measures…and to develop enhanced packages of measures that support economic growth and reduce carbon’ and ‘could also help to tackle problems of air quality and deliver improvements in public health and transport safety’.

LSTF funding is aimed at improving the access and ease of non-car transport to tourists and is an important part of Visit Isle of Wight’s plan to grow the tourism economy – bike tourism is an obvious fit.

The Isle of Wight Cycling Festival, 14th to 29thSeptember, organised by the Isle of Wight Council, provides cyclists the opportunity to get off the beaten track and experience some of the Island’s most beautiful, unspoilt countryside. There is a wide selection of fantastic cycle rides for all levels of ability, whether you are a novice or an experienced cyclist.



A £10 day return train ticket offer from London to Southampton, Portsmouth and Southsea stations with South West Trains, combined with a discounted “Winter Smile” ferry ticket means there are even more reasons to visit the Isle of Wight this February.

The South West Trains £10 day return ticket offer (£5 for children) is valid for train travel from London to Southampton and Southsea every Saturday and Sunday until February 23.    Visitors can also use this £10 ticket offer to get an additional discount on Solent crossings to and from the Isle of Wight and “get abroad” for less than £20 for the day!

The Isle of Wight is a great place to escape to at any time of the year, but the winter months is a perfect time to ‘pop-across’ to Island from London.   In a little over two hours, you can travel by train and ferry from London Waterloo to the Isle of Wight – and see for yourself the beautiful combination of charming seaside resorts and rural beauty which it offers.  It’s also possible to explore the Island by bus, or bike, from Cowes and Ryde.

There are also stylish boutiques, craft outlets and a treasure trove of fab antique shops to explore and for those who want to celebrate Valentine’s Day by spending some quiet time together, the Island‘s secluded beaches can offer you crowd free sand and plenty of space to soak up the Island vibe.   Or stretch your mind and your spirit by taking in a Royal palace, a Roman villa, a medieval castle or a Benedictine Monastery.

And with a range of brilliant great kids’ activities, including ‘Castle Quest’ at Carisbrooke Castle and the annual sand-sculpting event at Small Hope Beach in Shanklin, with hot chocolate and carrots dished out to anyone who creates their own “snowman” from sand, the Isle of Wight makes a great half-term day out for families.

David Thornton, Chief Executive, Visit Isle of Wight said: “The Isle of Wight is well and truly “open for business” and this unbeatable offer from South West Trains offers an entire Island of exciting adventures and seaside experiences.”

More details about this offer can be found at:

For all tourist information on the Isle of Wight, visit


For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Isle of Wight Press Officer, Tel: 07766 705672, E-mail:

Notes to editors:

The Winter Smiles £10 day return from South West Trains can be purchased online at or at your local railway station. Every Saturday or Sunday until February 23rd, you can choose to travel to 195 stations on the South West Trains network for just £10 return, exclusions apply.

Catch the train and the ferry to the Isle of Wight:

The foot passenger hovercraft departs from Southsea seafront and takes you to Ryde seafront in less than 10 minutes. Leave the train at the Portsmouth and Southsea station and then follow the signs to the connecting Hoverbus shuttle service, which will take you to the Hovercraft terminal in just 5 minutes. Purchase your discounted hovercraft ticket at Ryde/Southsea Hoverport on the day of travel by simply showing Hovertravel cashiers your Winter Smiles rail ticket. Discounted day return tickets just £10 per adult (16+) & £5 per child (5-15yrs).

Red Funnel Ferries are also offering discounted cross-Solent travel between Southampton and West Cowes for Winter Sale ticket holders, just £8.90 for adults & £4.45 per child!


The ‘Castle Quest’ activity at Carisbrooke Castle will take place every day from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd, between 10am and 4pm.  English Heritage members can gain free access, while paid-for admission prices are £7.70 for adults, £4.60 for children, £6.90 concessions, and £20 for a family ticket.  Visit for further details.

Sandman Snowman on February 23rd:




On Saturday 3rd May, writer, columnist and agony aunt Virginia Ironside brings her very entertaining show Growing Old Disgracefully to Ventnor. Still busy writing columns for the Independent as well as The Oldie Magazine, Virginia has also found time to write best-
selling books: “No! I don’t want to join a book club!” and “No! I don’t need reading glasses!”

This show, suitable for all ages, has grown from speaking at literary events about her books and takes a humorous look at how your sixties can be the best (and the funniest) time of your life! Tickets £ 12.00

On Sunday 4th May, festival goers can “brush up their Shakespeare”. No time to see all 37 plays or read all 154 sonnets? Then come and enjoy the highlights of the Bard’s work in Shakespeare’s Greatest Hits! Actor Lance Pierson presents the most famous speeches and sonnets from Hamlet to Henry and Richard to Romeo, while Soprano Belinda Yates and pianist Heather Chamberlain perform music inspired by Shakespeare’s work, from Purcell to Porter and Walton’s Henry V to Bernstein’s West Side Story. Tickets £11.00

Island artist and resident Jamie Vans will talk on Monday 5th May about the life of his great uncle Frank Vans Agnew, who travelled from America in 1914 to enlist, aged 46, in the Great War. His exploits in wartime saw him winning a Military Cross in 1917, and his story has now
been told in a book titled Veteran Volunteer – Memoir of the Trenches, Tanks and Captivity 1914 – 1919, due to be published in May this year by Pen & Sword Books . Free Event

Tickets are available from


Isle of Arts is a broadly based Arts festival that takes place in Ventnor on the south coast of  the Isle of Wight across the (bank holiday) weekend of Friday 2nd May to Monday 5th May 2014. Events already confirmed for 2014 include BBC presenter and gardener Monty Don;  the Kyle Eastwood Band; poet Roger McGough; Tenors UnLimited; The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; comedian Rich Hall, The Pity of War with actor Timothy West, plus many smaller events, walks, talks, workshops, children’s events, and Arts Trail and street art!

We are proud to be associated with Red Funnel and Wightlink as our principal sponsors.

Our growing band of high-quality sponsors and associates who are working with us to bring this great arts festival to the Isle of Wight also include Visit Isle of Wight, Ventnor Business Association, On The Wight, The Isle of Wight County Press, The Melbourne Ardenlea Hotel, The Royal Hotel, Shaun Cuff and Ventnor Botanic Gardens.

For additional information, please contact Janneke Oxley at or telephone 01983 853 445 / 07779 113329




 @Blacksheep Bar, Ryde

Thursday 13th March 2014




13th – 23rd March 2014

@various venues across the Island


From 7pm on Thursday 13th March, get ready to re-live one of the best summer weekends of 2013, as the Isle of Wight Festival brings its new FREE music event, Festival Fringe, to the Blacksheep Bar, recreating a slice of the Festival’s iconic vibe.  Kicking things off for VIOW’s, Acoustic Isle, which runs from 13th – 23rd March, you can expect a fun-filled night bursting with musical performances and artistic talent. Head to now for more information.

The world famous Isle of Wight Festival has a history jam-packed with legendary performances from some of the biggest acts & DJ’s and is renowned for championing local and new talent.  At the first major Festival of the season, year on year, thousands of happy-go lucky festivalgoers to come together in Seaclose Park for an unforgettable weekend.  Join us, for Festival Fringe on 13th March at the launch of Acoustic Isle, and bring back your favourite memories from 2013.

First up, Festival Fringe welcomes Marlee King (the daughter of Level 42’s Mark King) a young fresh talented singer from the Island, doing “funked up acoustic covers” in her own distinctive style.  Next to take to the stage is Charley Macaulay from Southampton; a young talent signed to Acid Jazz Records, bringing her mature soulful retro sound to the Blacksheep Bar on 13th March.  Plus, the exciting Acoustic Isle launch night will also see a set from local talent and gifted singer songwriter Joe Gladdis.  And, if that wasn’t enough, The White Bicycles, an ambient electro trio from Falmouth in Cornwall who combine electric guitar layers, sparse drumscapes and melancholic poetic vocals will also perform on the night. The Blacksheep Bar will be holding acoustic gigs throughout the Acoustic Isle’s 11 day event. 

Across the exciting 11-day event in March, Visit Isle of Wight’s Acoustic Isle will build on the Island’s musical heritage with around a hundred performances by Island musicians, who will come together with a series of intimate gigs in local pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants

John Giddings, Isle of Wight Festival promoter said: We had a great year at the Festival last summer, with some fantastic talent across our three stages, so it’s fantastic to be working with VIOW and bringing highlights from our weekend to Festival Fringe and launching the Acoustic Isle series.”

David Thornton, Chief Executive, VIOW said:We are delighted that this new initiative to attract more visitors to the Island outside the main season is being supported by the Isle of Wight Festival.

“Acoustic Isle and the Festival Fringe are fantastic opportunities to showcase both talented local  artists and mainland musicians.

“The Isle of Wight Festival brand has been crucial in growing the Island’s appeal over the years and we are very happy to be working with John Giddings and his team.

The start of Acoustic Isle is fast approaching and countless performances are now being finalised in preparation for the event.  Join us for the Festival Fringe launch night as we celebrate with a not to be missed showcase of new & emerging talent. 



For further information, please contact:  Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.o 

Notes to editors:

Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website ( the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities:

The Isle of Wight Festival:

For tickets and more information, check out 

Ticket Prices:

Weekend Tickets: £190

Day Tickets (Fri, Sat, Sun): £75

Weekend Car Parking In Advance: £15

Per Day Parking: £10

Children 12 and under FOC


Ticketmaster – tickets only and exclusive agents for disabled access tickets

Red Funnel – ticket and travel packages with tickets only, payment plan on packages, box offices at East Cowes, West Cowes and Southampton terminals

Big Green Coach – ticket and travel packages and travel only. Payment plan available

Hovertravel – ticket and travel packages and tickets only available online and at Ryde Terminal

Southern Vectis – tickets only from Newport terminal

County Press Shop on the Isle of Wight in Newport

Blacksheep Bar, Ryde

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The Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) exhibitions group is flying the flag for tourism by participating in a range of UK and overseas holiday exhibitions.   

These shows which comprise of exhibitors from destinations, attractions, entertainment, accommodations and places to eat, attract thousands of visitors all looking for information and inspirational ideas for future trips and group travel itineraries.

In January, a team from the Island attended Vakantiebeurs – the largest tourism and recreational fair in the Netherlands, which provides opportunities for all tourism-related industries from around the world and the general public to meet travel operators, hoteliers, and transport operators, to conduct business and develop worldwide networks.

Tom Ransom, Visit Isle of Wight’s Sustainable Transport Marketing Executive who attended the Vakantiebuers had this to say: “Cycle tourism is red hot just now with virtually every stand sporting photos of active over 50’s enjoying a bike ride in beautiful scenery. With our “No. 1 world’s cycle route” accolade from Lonely Planet, we are well poised to gain from this growing trend in cycle holidays”.  Tom will be attending the Outdoor Show and London Bike Show to drum up even more interest in “Bicycle Island”.

The 2014 programme continues with Excursions at the Alexandra Place, Destinations at Earls Court, the 50+ Show in Manchester, the Best of Britain & Ireland (BOBI) and the BBC Gardeners World & Good Food Shows in Birmingham.    The group will also be promoting the Island as the tourist destination of choice at several UK leisure fairs organised by Tourism South East.   

As the person who represents VIOW at the various shows, Liz Walker the tourism development manager said:  “With so many potential trade and consumers concentrated in one place, these exhibitions are the perfect opportunity to convert and inspire new visitors and ensure that travel operators continue to see us as an integral part of their offer.

“Some exhibitions such as the BBC Gardeners World enable us to showcase the Isle of Wight with flair as in 2013 when one of the Island’s top chefs cooked local produce live on the main stage.   This year we plan a stunning garden and landscapes theme as well as better graphics and an excellent new brochure”.

David Thornton, Chief Executive, VIOW said: “Exhibitions continue to be an extremely important part of the marketing mix when targeting the travel trade industry.   They provide the opportunity to develop new contacts, meet potential customers face to face and understand visitor requirements.

“From walking holidays and yoga retreats to sailing schools and music festivals, they allow us to promote the wide variety of attractions and experiences the Island has to offer and attract a bigger share of the UK and overseas markets”.

The current VIOW exhibitions group, which meets several times a year to discuss the programme and provide feedback are Holdsworth Hotels, Isle of Wight Pearl, Isle of Wight Steam Railway, Dinosaur Isle, English Heritage, Hovertravel,  Isle of Wight Council,  Needles Park, Red Funnel, , Seaview Wildlife Encounter, Southern Vectis, Vectis Ventures Ltd and Wightlink.

Tourism industry members interested in joining the exhibitions partnership should e-mail


For further information, please contact:  Sue Emmerson, Tel: 01983-201048, 07766 705672.