Funded by Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) and the Isle of Wight Council through a successful grant application from central government, the Isle of Wight Visitor Information Centre first opened to the public in June this year.
Since then, a team of friendly Travel Ambassadors – who work both in the Guildhall and across the Island to inspire visitors to truly explore the Island – have welcomed thousands of visitors and local residents through the doors.
Brimming with leaflets about local attractions, maps and books, the tourist information centre also stocks a choice of high-quality souvenirs and a range of local produce. In the New Year, the centre will also be offering tickets and bookings for events as well as activities like bike hire.
Developed as part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) project, the Travel Ambassadors play a vital role in encouraging visitors to use sustainable transport options during their stay on the Island. The addition of coach ticket sales from the UK’s largest coach operator is seen as a natural extension to the broad range of ‘car-free” opportunities already offered by the Visitor Centre.
David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight said:
“The Guildhall is a fixture of Newport and we are thrilled that people can now pop in and purchase their coach tickets from one of our professional travel ambassadors”.
Recently awarded Gold (first prize) in the Visitor Information Provider of the Year category at the Beautiful South Awards 2015, Visit Isle of Wight’s Newport Visitor Centre and Travel Ambassador Scheme are now entered into the VisitEngland Tourism Excellence Awards taking place during English Tourism Week in March 2016.