Tourist Information ‘Hubs’ – Could you be one?
5:01pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
THE Tourism Department of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Creative Rural Communities are inviting businesses to come forward to apply to become a Tourist Information ‘Hub’ as part of a project to revitalise information provision in the Vale.
During March 2013, the Vale of Glamorgan Council sadly announced the closure of the Tourist Information Centres based in Barry and Penarth. Together with the recent closure of the TICs in the surrounding region, the Vale now has no accessible manned information provision for our visitors.
In recent weeks the VoG Tourism team, in partnership with Creative Rural Communities, successfully applied for funding through Capital Region Tourism to address visitor information provision in the Vale of Glamorgan. As a result, exciting new plans have been developed to increase access to visitor information in a number of ways.
We are looking to work with local businesses to set up a number of Local Tourist Information Hubs throughout the region, located in strategic areas accessible to visitors.
We are looking for businesses to come forward to express an interest in becoming one of these ‘Hubs’ These could include local attractions, shops, cafés, public buildings etc and will provide a manned Tourist Information Service for our visitors. We envisage up to six ‘Hubs’ being located across the Vale.
There will be an application process to select the most appropriate locations and the successful ‘Hubs’ will be required to sign up to a minimum standard agreement, in accordance with Visit Wales’s requirements and offer a detailed service for visitors with our full support.
Claire Evans, tourism marketing manager at the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “Working in partnership with local businesses will enable us to have a wider spread of tourist information across the Vale of Glamorgan which will be accessible throughout the year. We are extremely encouraged by the positive response that we have received from businesses so far, which demonstrates their commitment to supporting and encouraging local tourism.”
If you are interested, or would like to find out more contact Nia Hollins, senior rural regeneration officer at Creative Rural Communities, on 01446 704767 or email email@example.com