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."