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Vital service will continue thanks to collaboration between Islands’ Partnership and the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust

The Islands’ Partnership, the destination management organisation for the Isles of Scilly, is delighted to announce that it is collaborating with the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust to ensure the islands’ vital Tourist Information Centre (TIC) remains open for the 2017 season.

The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust’s support of the TIC has been made possible by a modest legacy left to them by a long-standing visitor to the islands. The Board of Trustees felt it appropriate and fitting to allocate a proportion to the running of the TIC when it was announced that its future could be under threat due to a lack of funding. In return, the Trust will enjoy a regular presence at the TIC, showcasing its work and seeking to engage visitors with Scilly’s amazing landscapes and nature.

“The Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust is delighted to be working with the Islands’ Partnership to keep the TIC open,” says Sarah Mason, Chief Executive, Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust. “As the gateway to the islands, the TIC plays a crucial role to many visitors arriving on Scilly, signposting where they can go and what they can enjoy. The Trust also provides a vital role in their enjoyment and in the wider visitor economy, in particular maintaining and improving the islands’ landscapes, paths and beaches. This collaboration is therefore an excellent fit for us as we work to improve the visibility and understanding of Scilly’s unique environment and the work that the Trust does across the islands.”

“We are equally delighted that the Isles of Scilly Wildlife Trust has come forward to offer its support of Scilly’s visitor information services,” adds David Jackson, Executive Director, Islands’ Partnership. “The two organisations already have a close relationship – working together on events such as Walk Scilly and the Ötillö Swimrun World Series Qualifier – so it’s fantastic that the Trust has agreed to extend this by supporting our running of the TIC. They will undoubtedly add value to the fantastic service and invaluable advice, information and local knowledge our team already provide.”

“Thanks too to the Council’s continued licence to operate from Porthcressa Shelter, we’re now able to confidently look forward to another successful season,” he adds.

For the last two years, the TIC has been successfully operated by the Islands’ Partnership under contract to the Council of the Isles of Scilly which is set to end on 31st March. In the last year alone, the TIC welcomed over 45,000 visitors through its doors and fielded a further 7,500 enquiries via phone and email.

Upcoming Events

  • Tue
    22
    Oct
    2013
    9.30am-11.30pmChurch Hall, Church Street

    This will be first AGM since the IP was formed last year.  Wolf Rock, the Islands’ marketing consultants will also make a presentation of their approach to marketing the islands. The board will report on activities for the past year including the usual matters of finance and governance.  It will also be the first opportunity for members to elect their own representatives to the Board of Directors, with four of the current Directors retiring from office.  

  • Thu
    24
    Oct
    2013
    8pm - 9pmIn your own home!

    FREE and open to all: Claire Jarrett is well-known for her real-time, online seminars or "webinars". This one is designed to help small businesses learn how to set up a marketing campaign on Facebook, even if you are new to it, and how to how to build a fan base.  You'll need to register in advance on www.clairejarrett.com/facebookwebinar. There may be a bit of a hard sell for services at the end - because she offers the webinar for free - but you can just log out at that stage!  

  • Thu
    07
    Nov
    2013
    8:00 pmHeadland Hotel, Newquay

    The IP supported nine Scillonian businesses in their applications to the Cornwall Tourism Awards. Four made it to the finals - Hell Bay Hotel (Small Hotel of the Year), Juliet’s Garden Restaurant (Café and tearoom of the Year), The New Inn Tresco (Pub of the Year), and St Martin’s Dive School (Tourism Activity, Sport & Experience of the Year) - and we'll be wishing them lots of luck this evening when the overall winners are announced.

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2013
    10.00-13.00IP Office

    Strategy meeting

  • Thu
    21
    Nov
    2013
    11.30am-1.30pmTregarthen's Hotel, St Mary's

    Meeting and lunch for IP members to learn more about Get Set For Growth, a new initiative to help small businesses with finance, and marketing & sales.

  • Mon
    25
    Nov
    2013
    2.00-3.30pmIP Office

    Meeting to discuss Walk Scilly and the creation of more events to boost tourism calendar.  Any member wanting to be involved should contact the IP office.

  • Thu
    28
    Nov
    2013
    10.30am -12.30pmLife Long Learning Centre, Carn Gwaval

    Short practical training session to get you started on Twitter: creating an account, understanding how it works, using it as an effective marketing tool…

  • Wed
    11
    Dec
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    10.30am - 2.00pmTregarthen's Hotel, St Mary's

    Informal gathering and networking opportunity for IP members.  Listen to short, informative presentations and business advice from invited guest speakers, including Robin Barker for Services for Tourism which managed the recent Cornwall Tourism Awards. 

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    12
    Dec
    2013
    10.00 - 1.00pmIP Office

    Strategy Meeting

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    23
    Dec
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    12pm-3pmIP Office, Hugh Town

    Come and collect your copy of the Visit Isles of Scilly 2014 brochure, and chat with the IP directors and staff about the new look and branding.  We'll have a glass of wine and a mince pie waiting for you, too!

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