Organised by Visit Isle of Wight, a variety of businesses and individuals made the very special journey to the capital to market the Island to potential investors, buyers and the country’s members of parliament including Tourism Minister Helen Grant MP.
Tourists to the city had a big surprise when Blackgang Chine’s very own walking dinosaur made an appearance, posing for some fantastic photographs with all things London as a backdrop, helping boost the ‘Dinosaur capital of the Britain’ marketing campaign for 2013.
Chief Executive of Visit Isle of Wight, 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 £633m to the Isle of Wight – around 40 percent of the Island’s income.
“Just as importantly, we know there are hundreds of tourism businesses on the Island, employing thousands of people.
“We are so thrilled to have this opportunity – to be in 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.”
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Photo: Helen Grant with Blackgang Chine’s walking Dinosaur – David Thornton/Visit Isle of Wight