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VISIT ISLE OF WIGHT HOSTS TRAVEL TRADE FAM TRIP FROM NORWAY AND SWEDEN

Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) has hosted a destination familiarisation trip to the Island for a group of six tour operators from Norway and Sweden.

With the aim of enhancing knowledge about the South East and ultimately increasing bookings from these markets, the group visit was organised by Tourism South East in partnership with London and Partners with funding support from the GREAT UK Challenge Fund.

The familiarisation trip ran from 22 to 26 January and hosted product decision makers from a range of key Swedish and Norwegian excursions businesses on the programme.  The 5-day itinerary included visits to attractions in London, Brighton, Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight.

The group were escorted by Nigel Smith, CEO, Tourism South East, and were met at Hovertravel in Ryde by Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight.

There followed a personal tour of Osborne by Michael Hunter, English Heritage Curator, in the course of which the group learned more about the links between the British and the Scandinavian Royal Families.  In particular Princess Alexandra of Denmark who in 1863 married the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Edward VII Prince of Wales.

The party then enjoyed a delicious lunch in Osborne’s Terrace Restaurant before returning to the mainland to continue their tour of other South East attractions.

Sue Emmerson, Press Officer for Visit Isle of Wight, said: “Despite the short time the tour operators were with us, we were able to give them a flavour of the Island. They were all very impressed with Osborne and were particularly intrigued by a display of old photographs and historic documents relating to members of their own Royal households.

“Fam trips are a great learning tool for tour operators and we would like to thank Hovertravel and English Heritage for their continued support in promoting the Island as a first-class tourism destination.”

For further information, please contact: Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Visit Isle of Wight, tel. 01983 521555, ext 29, 07766 705672, sue@visitwight.org

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Notes to Editors

Image attached – Scandinavian tour operators with Michael Hunter, English Heritage Curator at Osborne House.

The GREAT Britain campaign is the UK’s most ambitious international marketing campaign ever and showcases the very best of what the country has to offer in order to encourage more people to visit, study, invest in and do business with the UK.  GREAT has delivered a confirmed return for the UK economy of over £1.4 billion to date and is active in 144 countries.  It is the Government’s common brand for overseas promotion of the UK.  In addition, more than 400 businesses and high-profile individuals have supported the campaign.

The GREAT UK Challenge Fund supports new and innovative project ideas that use GREAT to promote the UK overseas and generate economic benefit at a local, regional or national level.  There is more information about the GREAT UK Challenge Fund here: www.greatukchallengefund.com.  More information about the GREAT Britain campaign is available from www.greatbritaincampaign.com.  Press enquiries about the campaign should go to 0207 008 3100.

About Visit Isle of Wight

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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The Isle of Wight – great for group travel!

Marketing the Isle of Wight as an excellent, welcoming destination for group travel has paid off for Visit Isle of Wight.

 

The Isle of Wight was recently a finalist in the Best UK Destination category in the Group Leisure Travel Awards 2015. Voted for by the readers of Group Leisure Magazine, a publication targeted at group travel organisers, other destinations nominated were London (winners), Bournemouth, Brighton and Torquay.

 

David Thornton, CEO Visit Isle of Wight Ltd said “This award is a particularly satisfying result for Visit Isle of Wight and recognises the hard work we have put in to appeal to group travel promoters, both in the UK and internationally.”

 

In another piece of good news for the Isle of Wight, a recent report from Tourism South East highlights increased interest from German group travel organisers for itineraries that include the Isle of Wight.  Whilst security issues have meant a reduction in German travel to North Africa and Greece, the Island has become a popular, integral part of a tour of Hampshire or Dorset, particularly because of its royal and geological history and stunning countryside.

 

A few years ago the Island did not feature on itineraries but now is included by many different key operators. According to the report; “…the Island is now well known and popular with many different age groups”.

 

More information on group travel to the Isle of Wight can be found here: http://www.visitisleofwight.co.uk/travel/group-travel

 

For further information, please contact: Abigail Fox abi@visitiwight.org 01983 521555 ext 28

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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 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 

Get social media updates from Visit Isle of Wight.   Go to https://www.facebook.com/VisitIOW, https://twitter.com/VisitIOW, https://instagram.com/visitisleofwight/, https://www.youtube.com/user/VisitIsleofWight, https://plus.google.com/114584030216192729120/posts

 

 

ISLE OF WIGHT TOURISM WINS GOLD AT REGIONAL AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

 ISLE OF WIGHT TOURISM WINS GOLD AT REGIONAL

AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

 

An Isle of Wight tourism business has been awarded a regional accolade at this year’s Beautiful South Awards, hosted and organised by Tourism South East (TSE).

Corner Cottage, Nettlecombe Farm Holidays in Whitwell, has scooped the Gold award for Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year.  After months of anticipation, nearly 300 expectant guests from tourism businesses across the South East gathered at The Felbridge Hotel in West Sussex to hear the results and share in the winners’ success.

The Beautiful South awards, hosted and organised by TSE, recognise exceptional levels of customer service and dedication to raising standards in the tourism industry.  Now running for over twenty years, the awards celebrate the very best the South East has to offer for all types of tourism businesses including B&Bs, hotels, holiday parks, self-catering, visitor attractions as well as recognising those businesses that have gone the extra mile on accessibility, sustainability and great customer service.

Nettlecombe, which has been in the Morris family for over 100 years,is a working farm that offers luxurious self-catering holiday accommodation, coarse fishing, yoga retreats and function barn hire.

Proprietor, Jose Morris said: “We are delighted to have received this recognition for the Island.”

“Our motto at Nettlecombe is to continually improve our facilities and services for our guests to exceed their expectations. Receiving this award has not only given us a sense of pride but has also led to an influx of bookings for 2014.”

David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said: “I would like to offer my congratulations to Nettlecombe Farm and look forward to seeing them on the national stage at the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence in April.

“Planning for next year has already begun and Visit Isle of Wight is keen to encourage our best local businesses to take part.  Details of how to get involved will be posted on our industry website (www.visitwight.org) in the New Year.”     

View all the winners and finalists at http://www.beautifulsouthawards.co.uk/.

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

Notes to editors:

Attached image of  Amy Shepherdly (Jose Morris’ youngest daughter), Nettlecombe Farm, receiving the Gold award for Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year at the awards ceremony held at The Felbridge Hotel in West Sussex on Wednesday evening, 27th November 2013.

 

LtoR:

TSE Chairman, Ken Robinson CBE

Managing Director, Tourism South East, Peter Colling

Nettlecombe Farm, Amy Shepherdly

Nettlecombe Farm, Carrie Wallis (friend of Amy Shepherdly)

Travel journalist and broadcaster Alison Rice

 

List of Finalists by Accolade

Business Tourism Award

Sponsored by Shopper Anonymous

Gold     Blenheim Palace

Silver   Marwell Hotel

Silver   Macdonald Windsor Hotel

Highly Commended     Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa

 

Access for All Tourism Award

Sponsored by Tourism for All

Gold Radisson Blu Edwardian Guildford Hotel

Gold Beaulieu Enterprises Limited

Highly Commended        Jurys Inn Brighton

 

Bed and Breakfast, Guest Accommodation of the Year

Sponsored by Barclaycard

Gold     Kester House Bed & Breakfast

Silver   Colliers Farm Bed and Breakfast

Highly Commended    The Old Vine

Highly Commended    Five Arrows Hotel

 

Tourism Experience of the Year

Gold     Weber Grill Academy

Silver   The Chapel Down Winery

Silver   Knights’ Glamping

Highly Commended    Bill Spectre’s Ghost Trails

 

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year

Sponsored by Flagship Consulting

Gold     Chiltern Open Air Museum

Silver   Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre

Highly Commended    Didcot Railway Centre

Highly Commended    Go Ape Black Park

 

Tourism Event of the Year

Gold     Beaulieu International Autojumble

Silver   The Hampshire Food Festival

Silver   Wallingford Food Festival

Highly Commended    Lingfield Park Resort – Hooves & Grooves

 

Holiday Park/Holiday Village of the Year

Sponsored by Tozers Solicitors

Gold     Hoburne Bashley

Silver   Crowhurst Park

Highly Commended    Away Resorts Ltd

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year

Sponsored by Take One Media

Gold     Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Silver   Marwell Zoo

Silver   Spinnaker Tower

Highly Commended    The Beaney, House of Art and Knowledge

 

Tourism Pub of the Year

Sponsored by OBC The Accountants

Gold     The Feathered Nest

Silver   The Old Drum

Highly Commended    The Farm @ Friday Street

Large Hotel of the Year

Sponsored by Quality in Tourism

Gold     Coworth Park

Silver   Lainston House Hotel

Silver   Aviator – a hotel by TAG

Highly Commended    Tylney Hall Hotel

 

Outstanding Customer Service Award

Sponsored by Welcome to Excellence

Gold     West Marden Farm Accommodation – Carole Edney

Silver   Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa – Colin Parkes

Highly Commended    The Feathered Nest – Carl Morgan

Highly Commended    Tony Read Kent Life

 

Sustainable Tourism Award

Sponsored by Shepherd Neame

Gold     Jurys Inn Brighton

Gold     Oakley Court Hotel

Silver   Mapledurham Estate

Highly Commended    Burford Visitor Information Centre

 

Small Hotel of the Year

Gold     The Montagu Arms Hotel

Silver   Fallowfields Hotel and Restaurant

Silver   Pelham House

Silver   The White Horse Hotel and Brasserie

Highly Commended    Cloud Hotel

 

Self Catering Holiday Provider of the Year

Sponsored by Anytime Booking

Gold     West Marden Farm Accommodation

Gold     Corner Cottage, Nettlecombe Farm Holidays

Silver   South Winchester Lodges

 

Flavour of the South East

Sponsored by Whitstable Bay

Gold     The Feathered Nest

Silver   Aviator – a hotel by TAG

Highly Commended    The Old Dunnings Mill

 

Visitor Information Provider of the Year

Sponsored by Tourist Network

Gold     Maidstone Visitor Information at Maidstone Museum

Silver   Guildford Tourist Information Centre

Highly Commended    Kingstonfirst

 

VisitEngland Awards

In addition to winning in the South East, the top four businesses from most categories have been selected as the Beautiful South’s representatives in the national VisitEngland awards and will be asked to submit a new and different entry form for the VisitEngland awards (www.visitenglandawards.org).

 

Title sponsors:  Shepherd Neame

Sponsors and Partners:  Tozers Solicitors, Tasty Marketing, Shopper Anonymous, Barclaycard, Tourist Network, obc the accountants, Take One Media, Flagship Consulting, Quality in Tourism, Welcome to Excellence, Anytime Booking, Whitstable Bay, Tourism for All, Pyramid Audio Visual, The Felbridge Hotel.

 

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