Tourism website a hit

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

 

Tourism website a hit

Visit Isle of Wight's website.

THE official Isle of Wight visitor website is now more popular than many of its competitors, including Devon, Wiltshire and Hampshire.

In August last year, www.visitisleofwight.co.uk even bypassed Dorset and the Lake District, the UK’s top destinations, welcoming more than 300,000 unique visitors from across the globe during the summer months.

Visit Isle of Wight has announced major improvements to their award-winning site, including:

•The removal of commission payments.

•An overhaul of the navigation system to allow quicker and easier searching and browsing of all web pages, properties and attractions.

•More choices and options; businesses need only pay for the tools and functions they need, rather than having to buy packages.

David Thornton, Visit Isle of Wight chief executive, said the organisation spent more than £1 million promoting the Island last year and web advert income was an important part of that fund, allowing them to pay for TV and cinema advertising as well as a range of marketing and exhibitions.

"Every pound spent with us is reinvested in marketing the Isle of Wight and matched by the Isle of Wight Council and our Solent travel partners — helping us to attract even more visitors to the Island," said Mr Thornton.

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by steve paul taylor

10th January 2014, at 11:36:23

And ...I have just got back from skiing at the S/Nevada I can face time people in England with no breaks as soon as I get on this pile I have a S*** internet S*** tele signal S*** mobile signal

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by steve paul taylor

10th January 2014, at 08:49:22

I've just been on the web site its pathetic. Carisbrooke is a drab ruin, most of Osborne is closed to the public, there are far better places on the mainland to look at a few dingo bones and the bot gardens are at big let down awful this island is stuck in the 50s. £100 return min for a holiday on the ferry that should give you free entry to all the so called attractions too

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by steve paul taylor

10th January 2014, at 08:38:21

OK not the world but even Beirut is looking good now. If I didn't have kids at home I would be off this prison pronto.

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by Graeme Egerton

9th January 2014, at 16:27:13

Spot on James. Trouble is anyone who dares to suggest change is immediately jumped upon and seen by some as being anti the Island. The attitude is "Leave if you don't like it." Take your 1950s rose tinted spectacles and smell the low fat latte people! We DO like it else why would we care? Rant over, Love and Peace.

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by James McAdder

9th January 2014, at 12:39:55

Maybe not the world, but the IW is pretty far down the list as far as the UK is concerned (unless you are a retiree of independent means). We have levels of unemployment, low pay and lack of prospects to rival many deprived inner-city areas and education performance that, in a recent survey on GCSE results, the IW is the worst in the UK, and by some margin.

Then there is crime. Hardly a week goes by without the IWCP reporting "Man attacked", or similar.

by IWCP Online

9th January 2014, at 10:18:18

Thank you to those who pointed out the link error, it has now been fixed. Apologies for any inconvenience.

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by Richard Woodhead

9th January 2014, at 08:59:23

Steve - you can't have been very far then?

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by steve paul taylor

9th January 2014, at 08:31:44

Absolutely the worst place in the UK/world to live or go on holiday.

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by Baz Taylor

8th January 2014, at 18:36:29

I can't get the link to work either. I had to copy & paste it into my address bar and then it worked ok.
I have to agree with the comments that the island is not that welcoming to visitors, especially young families. It's such a shame because there is so much that could be done to improve matters. I fish off Yarmouth pier a lot during summer and chat to many holiday-makers. Unfortunately, a lot of reaction to their visit is, "There's not a lot to do, is there?" I point out various attractions across the island, but am met with comments such as "Have you seen the prices? It's not worth it." or comments like, "It's the same as when we were here in the 70's and 80's. There's nothing new."
I've lived in both Totland and Newport and I have to agree with Lee Majors. The whole Totland/Freshwater area is like a ghost town, and Newport is a tired old town with no decent shops to speak of.

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by Roe driver

8th January 2014, at 13:16:41

Lee what have we got as a holiday island ?

take a drive into sandown from the yaverland end of the sea front
first there is the grand hotel then some filthy dirty so called boating lake then we see the boarded up former wight city
says it all about the place
plus also you only get one chance to make your first impression
what would you think as a first time holiday maker

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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