The Isle of Wight Day at the Jubilee Rooms in the Palace of Westminster.
THE government’s newly-appointed tourism minister, Helen Grant, looks set to visit the Island next spring to find more about what the Isle of Wight has to offer.
Tourism bosses for the Island had the minister’s pledge after a successful event at Westminster, showcasing the Isle of Wight, last Thursday.
Big beasts from the political jungle rubbed shoulders with a baby T-Rex from Blackgang Chine, which celebrates its 175th birthday as the oldest theme park in the UK this year.
The park’s owners joined forces with other tourist attractions, food producers and industry representatives to host an Isle of Wight Day in Westminster Palace, in association with Isle of Wight MP Andrew Turner and the Island’s tourism organisation, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd.
Earlier this year, the Island was named dinosaur capital of the UK by the Natural History Museum, noted for the number of fossils found on the Island over the years.
This summer, the Island teamed-up with Twentieth Century Fox and the BBC to create a walking with dinosaurs trail, where walkers can download augmented reality dinosaurs on their mobile devices and smart phones when visiting the Island.
The trail was launched to celebrate the countdown to the BBC and 21st Century Fox film, Walking With Dinosaurs: The 3D Movie, based on the popular TV series and which is due to for release on December 20.
David Thornton, chief executive officer of Visit Isle of Wight, said the event, held at the Jubilee Room, had been a success, attracting around 50 MPs, civil servants and 46 travel journalists.
He added the minister told the delegation she aimed to visit the Island, probably in spring next year.