Visit Isle of Wight chairman Simon Dabell at the Big Ticket Event at Quay Arts.
THE FUTURE of the Island's tourism lies within its past, it was revealed at a Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) and VisitEngland Big Tourism Ticket event yesterday (Wednesday).
Time travel will be the theme of this year's tourism campaign — set to launch in May — and the spotlight will be on the Island's many historic landmarks and attractions.
Speaking at the Quay Arts hosted event, VIOW chief executive David Thornton, said: "The Isle of Wight is a time machine.
"We are going to be focusing on the Island's history and time travel. When you travel from Yaverland to Brading Roman Villa, you travel through time from the dinosaurs to the time of Roman mosaics.
"The Island is going to become one big time machine from the dinosaurs to the space age and rocket ships."
A model time machine, said to be inspired by the Island's own past, will be created in time for the launch and it was also revealed a high-profile partnership will be unveiled nearer to the launch.
Though the year of the dinosaur may be over, Dinosaur Isle is set to continue with more links to future dinosaur films and a new dinosaur guide to the Island.
Michelle Russell, on behalf of Vectis Ventures, revealed some of the 42-year-old dinosaurs at at Blackgang Chine are to be pensioned off.
Dinosaur Land at the theme park is to be overhauled into the brand new 'Area 5' with state of the art animatronic dinosaurs.
For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, January 25.