Viscountess Cobham, chairman of VisitEngland, visited the Isle of Wight today (Monday) to learn the progress made by the Island’s destination management organisation in its first year and to launch the 10th tourist information point of the year at the Quay Arts Centre in Newport.
Prior to the Quay Arts Centre launch, Lady Cobham met with the Visit Isle of Wight Board at their Osborne House HQ to hear how Walking with Dinosaurs, The Festival of the Sea and other initiatives have helped to deliver a £21 million leap in tourist spending this summer.
David Thornton, CEO of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd said:
“As we move into our second year, our work will evolve to promote an Island for all seasons – with a rich cultural, historical and arts heritage at the centre of our work. VisitEngland will be a key off-shore partner in this activity and we look forward to working with them to expand the reach, depth and quality of our appeal for the economic benefit of everyone who lives and works on the Isle of Wight”.
Lady Cobham said:
“Visit Isle of Wight’s results this summer have been outstanding and are testament to the hard work and dedication of this new destination management organisation. We look forward at VisitEngland to working with them in the coming year to increase domestic and international visits to the island and drive further growth for tourism in England.”