Tourist information point ready for busy summer

By a County Press reporter

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Tourist information point ready for busy summer

At the opening of the new tourism information point in East Cowes are, from left, IW Council executive member for tourism and economy Cllr Shirley Smart, mayor of East Cowes Cllr Mike Lloyd, Valu 4 U owners Angela and Roger Booth, Cllr Luisa Hillard and Visit Isle of Wight chief executive David Thornton.

THE latest tourist information point has been opened in East Cowes.

The Isle of Wight Council’s cabinet member for tourism, Cllr Shirley Smart, joined the town’s mayor, Cllr Mike Lloyd, to cut the ribbon to open the centre, which is in the Valu 4 U shop in Castle Street.

The centre will offer free advice and information from shop owners, Roger and Angela Booth, which will help visitors make the most of their stay in East Cowes and the Isle of Wight.

The centre is clearly signposted from the chain ferry and the Red Funnel terminal. It will offer guidance on attractions, entertainment, events and eating out.

Visitors and locals alike will be able to pick up promotional material, including maps, guides and gifts.

The centre is the latest in a series of investments made by Visit Isle of Wight, thanks to financial support from the Isle of Wight Council.

Since July 2013, new tourist information points have opened in Shanklin, Ryde, Brighstone, Ventnor, Brading, Godshill, Newport and Yarmouth. More will be opening this summer, including at Freshwater Bay and Havenstreet.

Cllr Smart said: "Tourism is extremely important to the Island’s economy and the council is working hard to assist partners in promoting the Island as a top visitor destination.

"I am delighted to see yet another tourist information point opening its doors for the busy summer season and we are very grateful to Roger and Angela for agreeing to operate it from within their shop, which is just a short stroll from the East Cowes ferry terminal."


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by alan naylor

30th June 2014, at 15:44:46

Information points situated on all ferries where everyone coming over gets everything they need to know with time on the ferry to peruse everything we have to offer plus its a waist of time and money promoting the island on the island it has to be sold all over the mainland early in the year with adverts in all local newspapers this is very cheap coverage and gets to thousands of people now get 20 shops in the cities on the mainland to offer brochure s and information they have advert boards for very little cost if you aint in it you carrnt win it Brilliant deduction Mr Smart tell me what else do you export to support the economy of the island

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by Catherine Johnson

30th June 2014, at 14:06:26

As George Hollett says, many holiday companies and hotels, campsites etc offer discounted or even free ferry travel included in their prices so, for many (but not all) tourists coming across, the ferry cost isn't really an issue.

I think, no matter where you go, you'd be surprised to find free parking in a car park in a tourist area.

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by George Hollett

30th June 2014, at 13:17:20

A lot of holiday companies & accommodation providers offer discounted ferry travel. As for the expensive parking - I don't think it's any more expensive than on the mainland...

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29th June 2014, at 14:38:46

At all the ferry ports on the mainland there should be large banners warning those that do come across to make sure they have LOTS of money as its a arm and a leg to cross the pond then a kings ransom to park here.
WELL DONE IoW council and the ferry companies, that price people off coming here.

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