Visit Isle of Wight has joined forces with National Express to sell tickets at its Visitor Centre, based at The Guildhall in Newport.
Funded by Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) and the IW Council through a successful grant application from central government, the Isle of Wight Visitor Information Centre first opened to the public in June this year.
Since then, a team of friendly Travel Ambassadors – who work both in the Guildhall and across the Island to inspire visitors to truly explore the Island – have welcomed thousands of visitors and local residents through the doors.
Brimming with leaflets about local attractions, maps and books, the tourist information centre also stocks a choice of high-quality souvenirs and a range of local produce. In the New Year, the centre will also be offering tickets and bookings for events as well as activities like bike hire.
Developed as part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) project, the Travel Ambassadors play a vital role in encouraging visitors to use sustainable transport options during their stay on the Island. The addition of coach ticket sales from the UK’s largest coach operator is seen as a natural extension to the broad range of ‘car-free” opportunities already offered by the Visitor Centre.
David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “The Guildhall is a fixture of Newport and we are thrilled that people can now pop in and purchase their coach tickets from one of our professional travel ambassadors”.
Recently awarded Gold (first prize) in the Visitor Information Provider of the Year category at the Beautiful South Awards 2015, Visit Isle of Wight’s Newport Visitor Centre and Travel Ambassador Scheme are now entered into the VisitEngland Tourism Excellence Awards taking place during English Tourism Week in March 2016.
For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight, tel. 01983 521555, ext 29, 07766 705672, firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors
The image attached shows the VIOW Travel Ambassadors at the Visitor Centre, based at the Guildhall in Newport.
The Visitor Information Centre in Newport is open six days a week from Monday to Saturday, 10.30am to 3.30pm (subject to change dependant on season and later on special event nights).
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 www.visitisleofwight.co.uk the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities www.visitwight.org
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For more information about Tourism South East’s Beautiful South Awards: http://www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk/
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