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Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) has welcomed a delegation of 43 of Great Yarmouth’s tourism and business elite to the Island, as part of a tourism fact-finding mission.

The Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority (GYTA) organised the visit on behalf of its members as an annual study trip to a seaside resort either in the UK or Europe. The visit is an “exchange of ideas” exercise with their counterparts to learn how they deal with the many issues that arise within tourism. It is attended by local councillors, council officers and tourism industry members.

The delegation, led by Alan Carr, Chief Executive of the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority, used the visit to share economic development best practices and learn about the Island’s hospitality and tourism businesses.
During the 3-day trip (30 September to 2nd October) to the Island, the group were able to get a first-hand look at some of its attractions including the Model Village at Godshill, Blackgang Chine, The Needles Park and Seaview Wildlife Encounter and also enjoyed a whistle-stop tour of some of the Island’s towns and villages.

The programme also included a series of presentations about some of the key issues facing the industry and a gala dinner which gave the group the opportunity to meet key tourism and business representatives.

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight, said: “We have some excellent tourism businesses on the Island and I was therefore delighted to welcome these Great Yarmouth tourism operators to explore and increase their knowledge of the Island’s hospitality and tourism industry and find out what it has to offer as a holiday and business tourism destination.

In previous years, this fact-finding and networking event has taken place in Blackpool, Jersey, Bournemouth and Le Touquet amongst many others.

Alan Carr said: “We had several new people who attended the study visit who all said that they had learned so much by watching and learning how another resort deals with the problems that are so similar to ours.

“Contrary to opinion the study visits are hard work for all concerned not only do we learn a tremendous amount but we also cement the relationship between our own public and private sector a bond that the Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority is very keen to keep alive.”


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

Notes to editors:

Please find attached an image of the Great Yarmouth group with David Thornton, Visit Isle of Wight CEO, attached.

Visit Isle of Wight Ltd

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

Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority

The Greater Yarmouth Tourist Authority is a unique partnership – it brings together ALL partners from both the public and private sector to ensure that we can collectively provide a better resort to help businesses survive and flourish and to ensure that jobs are created and sustained. The Tourist Authority is a private limited company which is mainly funded by tourism related businesses through collection of annual subscription within the borough.