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Visit Isle of Wight Launches New Grant Funding Opportunity

Projects which promote sustainable transport are set for a boost from a new £47,000 grant fund.

Visit Isle of Wight is seeking innovative expressions of interest from tourism businesses to deliver projects which encourage visitors to embrace sustainable transport.

The grant fund is one in a series of projects being delivered through funding from the Isle of Wight Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund initiative during 15/16, which aims to reduce the impact of private cars by encouraging the use of sustainable transport.  Working in partnership with Community Action Isle of Wight, grants will be available for projects that can be delivered by early 2016.

Projects should be described in no more than 500 words initially, setting out the scope of the project, what it will achieve and how much funding is required. The deadline for submission of expressions of interest is 7 October 2015.

Zoe Stroud, LSTF Project Manager at Visit Isle of Wight said “We are looking for innovative and exciting ideas that will encourage visitors to travel sustainably.  The fund is a unique opportunity for local tourism businesses to inspire a new generation of sustainable travellers!”

For more information contact Philippa Daley at Community Action Isle of Wight

Tel: 01983 524058

Email: pdaley@actioniw.org.uk

For full guidance on the application process visit

Drive Less, See More 2 – New Grant Fund



Notes to Editors

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Visit Isle of Wight launch Travel Ambassador Scheme

An exciting tourism initiative aimed at encouraging visitors to “drive less” and “see more” has been officially launched by Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW).

Developed as part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) project, a newly-trained team of Travel Ambassadors has been appointed to welcome visitors and encourage them to consider using sustainable transport options during their stay on the Island.

Based at the new Guildhall Visitor Centre in Newport – which forms part of VIOW’s new headquarters since it relocated to the heart of the Island last month – the four travel ambassadors will also be available at locations across the Island to help anyone who needs travel advice.   These include the ferry ports, attractions, key transport hubs and events both on and off the Island.

With a host of themed events planned throughout the summer including “Bike and Walk” weeks, the “meeters and greeters” will provide information and special offers on some of the Island’s great car-free experiences, from riding an open-top “breezer” bus to hiring bicycles, taking exhilarating countryside walks and enjoying unique views of some of the Island’s unspoilt countryside from the seat of a railway carriage.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said:  “The Travel Ambassadors will play a vital role in helping VIOW and our key stakeholders to spread the word about everything this beautiful Island has to offer.

“Visitors can appreciate their surroundings far more if they are taking the bus or train instead of automatically jumping in their car.  By taking public transport holidaymakers are also putting money back into the local economy and benefitting by connecting with local communities”.

Zoe Stroud, LSTF Visitor Project Manager, said: “We want visitors to have the most up-to-date knowledge of how to get around the Island and make the most of their visit.    Our ambassadors are passionate about using social media to share their experiences of enjoying car-free activities and connecting with people even before they arrive.

“We are keen to develop the service further and would like to hear from tourism providers who feel they could help us to build new opportunities and benefit from the new service.  If this applies to you, then please e-mail zoe@visitwight.or

The opening times of the Guildhall Visitor Centre in Newport are:  Monday – Friday 10.30 to 3.30 and Saturday 10.30 to-2.30, with later opening times on special event days. https://www.facebook.com/IWTravelAmbassadors


For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 521555 extension 29, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org