By Matt White
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A BID for a £1 million government grant to boost Isle of Wight tourism industry has failed.
The Isle of Wight Council was unsuccessful in its bid for a grant from the £24 million Coastal Communities Fund, which was launched to give coastal areas a boost to their economies.
The Isle of Wight Council hoped to create a fund for tourism businesses and hoteliers to invest in their own facilities.
Among the six successful schemes across England was Bournemouth Borough Council, which secured £2 million to set up Europe's first national coastal tourism academy.
See the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, August 17, for more.
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by Mike Crowe
14th August 2012, at 18:00:04
Richard "So how do the the IOW ferry companies charge the amounts they do?"Because we have to **** well pay if we wish to go to the North IslandThe bridge will come at some time or other, why not NOW?
by alan naylor
14th August 2012, at 17:41:52
The Isle of wight ferries are owned br an Australian company why has the island allowed this life line to the island to be at the mercy off a company 9000 miles away that could not care less about the well being of the people on the island ps they run a ferry to kangeroo island 3 times the distance and half the price go figger
by Richard Taylor
14th August 2012, at 17:38:50
It cost me 33 euros to take my hire car from Skiathos to Skopelos in Greece with three of my friends. It's about 17 miles by sea in a the fast cat ferry. I think that works out at £27. So how do the the IOW ferry companies charge the amounts they do? Greek fares are not dependent on the time of year or special events.
14th August 2012, at 17:22:08
My wife and I share the same birthday date.We have four children.Two are on the Island, one with our Grandson.Two are on the North Island.It doesn't take much of an excuse for us all get together.This year was even more 'special'My wife has studied and has now got her BA(Hon) Degree.Our Grandson has been accepted into the Royal Marine Band Service and is away in September.Try finding an economical way of getting your North Island children to the Island for a bit of a knees upA bridge will be built in the future, why not NOW?
by phil miles
14th August 2012, at 17:00:29
Every one I speak to says the ferry fares are what puts them off travelling here The isle of wight has a lot of good atractions in a small area which appeals to a lot of people, good beaches etc. The ferry companies sponser everything on the island makes them look good.......lower fares more tourists.....simples...the island is a great place and people are being denied visiting by greedy ferry companies that to be honest are only intrested in one thing......money....until we have better competion or a alternative way of getting to the island then we are goijng to continue on a downward toursit spiral......the funny thing is if the ferry companies lowered prices then they would most probably get more passengers and make more money in the end but its run by people living in..........well lets just say not the island
14th August 2012, at 16:41:56
Could the bid be printed in full in the IWCP? It would be interesting to know what went into the bid (and what didn't).
by Graeme Egerton
14th August 2012, at 16:13:10
Someone I know from the island spent a week in Great Yarmouth. They were impressed by the facilities and friendliness. Someone else I know from the mainland spent sometime over here. They left saying they would never holiday here ever again saying they felt they'd paid toomuch for too little and they found it a less than friendly place. Both these friends had their holidays in the last month.
by Shawn DuBois
14th August 2012, at 15:18:28
If God truly existed he would banish the current council, replace with a younger generation, who have plenty of vision and scope, and enthusiasm.Then build an under ground tunnel connecting the Island to mainland, with a reasonable toll to be paid. As opposed to a council with no vision, scope or common sense. And ferry operators who constantly lower the frequency of journeys, increase fares, trying to bankrupt islanders and push away toursists!! #Greatmarketing!
by Kevin Barclay-Jay
14th August 2012, at 14:30:40
another failure by a council that can't even tie its own bootlaces....The councilis desperate for funds from anywhere to fill the economic blackhole it has created.. If they can't be bothered to invest in tourism, whu should anybody else
by Steven Taylor
14th August 2012, at 14:24:17
Give a million pounds to businesses ON THE island.Yes the charity shops will look super.And Mike Crowe as just summed up the IOW council in one sentence. ha.
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