PART of Parliament becomes 'Wightminster' next month — with dinosaurs stalking the corridors of power to publicise the Dinosaur Island theme.
October 17 sees the first Isle of Wight in Westminster Day, an event supporting local businesses by showcasing some of the best the Island has to offer.
The day is aimed at travel and food writers, national food buyers, potential business investors and carefully selected ministers and MPs.
Island MP Andrew Turner, working closely with key partners, is holding the event in the Jubilee Room at Westminster.
Themes are Island tourism (represented by Visit Isle of Wight), business and investment opportunities (Isle of Wight Council, Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry, and the Federation of Small Businesses) and the Island’s wide range of food and drink producers (Taste of the Wight, Solent).
Mr Turner said: "I hope it will be the first of an annual event. I am really excited about the day — and looking forward to seeing dinosaurs walking around Westminster!"
Visit Isle of Wight chief executive David Thornton said: "This is a terrific opportunity for the Isle of Wight as a whole, and for the tourism sector in particular.
"Tourism is such a major part of the Island's economy. Estimates show it to be worth somewhere in the region of a staggering £633 million to the Isle of Wight — around 40 per cent of the Island's income.
"We are so thrilled to have this opportunity to go to Westminster and to seek further support, resources and inward investment, to further improve the Island’s visibility and to promote the benefits of doing business here."