Woodford Valley

There are many great reasons for visitors to
make time for Wiltshire in 2015...
...this is where we can help!

Wiltshire & Salisbury Apps

Opportunities for your Business

Banner Ads on VisitWiltshire Website

Advertise your business with banner adverts on the VisitWiltshire website with on average 80,000 unique visitors per month.  Prices start from just £50 per month and discounts are available for bookings of three months or more. Contact Emma to find out more.

Push Notifications on VisitWiltshire Apps

We have some slots available for push notifications on the Wiltshire and Salisbury Apps during February.  Contact Emma to register an interest for a slot.

Valentine's or Winter Offers

If you have any Valentine's or winter offers please email details to Emma who can add them to our website.
If you are an attraction, food and drink or accommodation partner you can have your TripAdvisor reviews included free of charge on your website entry on our site. If you would like to take up this opportunity please contact Emma.

Online Marketing Group

We are looking for partners to join our Online Marketing Group.  The roles and responsibilities of the Group are to guide VisitWiltshire on online consumer marketing strategy and activity; identify initiatives for developing sector online marketing activity; be a focal point for ideas and initiatives; identify, evaluate and review performance measures relating to the impact and effectiveness of the online marketing activity; review online marketing initiatives; represent VisitWiltshire members within their sector; be ambassadors and spread the word to other members/prospective members.  We usually meet about once a quarter.  If you have experience and interest in online marketing please contact Fiona Errington for more details.
Salisbury Plain

VisitWiltshire News

New Royal Artillery Museum for Wiltshire

We are delighted to be able to confirm that following a tough competitive process led by VisitWiltshire, Salisbury Plain has now been selected as the preferred location for construction of a new military visitor attraction, museum and exhibition centre by the Royal Artillery Museum. Planned to open in Spring 2019, the attraction will allow visitors to immerse themselves in the 300 year story of the Royal Artillery through one of the UK’s largest military collections.  Further information can be found here.

New Wiltshire Accommodation Guide

VisitWiltshire launches new Stay, Discover, Explore Wiltshire 2015 brochure.  This can be viewed here.

VisitWiltshire launches 'Visit Salisbury' Campaign

The third of our national campaigns with VisitEngland, Heritage Cities, is launched this week, promoting Salisbury as the perfect short-break destination. Salisbury campaign partners feature in an eight-page leaflet with 150,000 distributed in The Times and Daily Telegraph.  It will also include consumer e-newsletters, online advertising, social media activity, press releases and blogs plus exposure through the campaign website pages and train panel adverts on South West Trains.  The campaign web page can be viewed here.

PR Update

Thank you to all who supplied information for our PR 'hooks' 2015 document.  This has been called '10 Great Reasons to Make Time for Wiltshire in 2015' and has been sent out to all of our media contacts.  We have already received initial responses so will keep you posted.  You may have seen December's Group Travel World Magazine which printed a super Wiltshire feature after attending our familiarisation trip earlier this year - £5,000 worth of AVE.  

Travel Trade Group

The VisitWiltshire Group Travel Trade Group met last week to discuss the performance measures and associated activity being undertaken by Florence in the new Travel Trade role. The paper submitted for discussion can be found here and we are keen to obtain feedback from all partners who are interested in marketing their product to this sector.  If you have any queries or would like to discuss this further please contact Florence.

Destination Management & Development Plan

VisitWiltshire has commissioned, with funding from the LEP, a Destination Management & Development Plan 2015 - 2020.  This document can now be downloaded from our website
Sarum College

Industry News & Conferences

Bed & Breakfast Industry Conference - 25 & 26 February

The first National Bed and Breakfast Exhibition and Conference will run on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 February 2015 in Bristol at the University of the West of England Exhibition and Conference Centre (BS34 8QS). Entry is free to all Bed and Breakfast/Guest House, Independent Hotel Owners and Self Catering Business Owners if they pre-register.  For further information please visit the website 

Social Travel Britain Conference - 17 to 19 April

VisitWiltshire are working with Travel Perspective to bring together the best brains in British tourism and travel blogging for a two-day conference at Sarum College, Salisbury. Social Travel Britain 2015 recognises the best initiatives in digital and social marketing, and introduces thinking that will further influence best practice.  It's a forum for tourism CEOs and policy makers, marketers and communications teams and bloggers keen to meet Britain's tourism bosses.  Find out more about who the conference is for and the outline programme.  Limited Early bird tickets are available at a 15% discount on the full price of £145 until 31 January 2015.  Book Now

Economic Impact of Swindon and Wiltshire's Visitor Economy 2013

Draft headline results for the economic impact of Swindon and Wiltshire's visitor economy research 2013 can be viewed here.  The full report from the SW Research Company will be available at the end of January.
Partner Events & Training

Dates for your Diary 2015

Partner Events

Salisbury Tourism Meeting
Thursday 5 February
Salisbury Museum

Chippenham Networking Meeting
February (date & venue tbc)

Tourism Forum and Literature Exchange
Wednesday 18 March
Salisbury Playhouse & City Hall

Swindon Tourism Meeting
Tuesday 21 April
Jury's Inn

Partners Familiarisation Trip to Avebury
Wednesday 22 April
Avebury Manor

Travel Trade Group
Thursday 23 April (venue tbc)

Bradford on Avon Networking Event
Tuesday 28 April
The Swan

Warminster Networking Meeting
May (date & venue tbc)
Please contact Theresa for further information.

Training Programme
Wiltshire Futures - Developing Skills for Business Growth

A range of training opportunities will be available this year.  For some of these courses we have secured funding* via the Local Enterprise Partnership through Green Labyrinth and these will be held at Royal Wootton Bassett and Salisbury . Sessions are at £25 plus VAT each (usually £250). Other venues around the county will be arranged if there is sufficient demand.

Digital marketing, planning, analytics and social media
Wed 28 January, 10am - 3pm
FULL but waiting list available for additional date
Salisbury, £45 plus VAT

Getting started with social media*
Thurs 12 February,
10am - 4pm

Finance and Tax for a small business
Wed 11 February
Chippenham Museum, £25 plus VAT

Baking for Breakfast
Tues 24 February, 2pm - 4.30pm
Vaughan's Kitchen, Devizes, £50 plus VAT and includes £10 goody bag

Developing teams to deliver success*
Thurs 5 March & Thurs 19 March, 10am - 4pm

Managing costs and budgets effectively in your business*
Thurs 16 April & Thurs 30 April, 10am - 4pm

Marketing for a small business (tbc)
Thurs 14 May & Thurs 21 May

Securing a reputation for first class customer service*
Thurs 11 June & Thurs 18 June, 10am - 4pm

Emergency first aid at work*
Thurs 2 July & Thurs 9 July, 10am - 4pm

To sign up or find out more please contact Theresa
Salisbury Museum

What's On

There is always lots to see and do in Wiltshire so do continue to check out our 'What's On' pages.  Below, we have highlighted a few events across the county which we feel may be of interest in the upcoming weeks.

Warminster Great War Exhibition
Warminster Civic Centre
Wed 14 January - Tues 27 January

Freezing Outdoor Exhibition at Lacock Abbey
Lacock Abbey, Lacock
Sat 17 January - Sun 8 February

Free Friday: Harry Houseago
The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham
Fri 23 January

The Impossible Gentlemen
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon
Sat 24 January

The Levellers - A Curious Life & Levellers Acoustic
City Hall, Salisbury
Wed 28 January

Afternoon Tea Cookery Course
Larmer Tree Gardens, Tollard Royal 
Fri 30 January

The Lacock Cup: A Spotlight Touring Exhibition for the British Museum
Salisbury Museum
Sat 31 January - Wednesday 4 February

The Stonehenge Landscape
Wiltshire Museum, Devizes 
Sat 31 January
The Old Mill Hotel

New Partners

We would like to welcome The Old Mill Hotel & Restaurant in Harnham,  Salisbury Wings Week and Overtown Manor in Wroughton as new partners this week.  We look forward to working with you.

Job Vacancies

Salisbury Arts Centre has a number job vacancies available - Technician, Operations Manager, Deputy Operations Manager and Participation Projects Manager.  There are also board vacancies available.  Please visit their website for further information.


Florence Wallace, Travel Trade & PR Manager
T:  01722 341309
M: 07436 588860

Our mailing address is:
Pennyfarthing House
18 Pennyfarthing Street

Wednesday 21 January 2015
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