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Latest Opportunities for your Business

Free Promotion of your Valentine's Day Special Offers

We are starting to focus on this romantic time of year and want to hear from businesses that are promoting special offers to encourage more customers to visit, stay, eat and drink in the county. If you want to be featured on our website and be considered for inclusion in our forthcoming press release, please contact Emma with details by Friday 13 January 2017.

Special Offer for inclusion in VisitWiltshire Spring E-newsletter

We are offering a 10% discount for partners to be featured in our Spring e-newsletters which go out to over 80k subscribers who are interested in visiting Wiltshire. Price is normally £110 and is now only £99 in February and March if you book before 20 January 2017. Please contact Emma to book and for details.
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VisitWiltshire News

New VisitWiltshire Printed Publications

We have now taken delivery of  our 2017 Visitor Guide and Travel Trade Guide, with the Visitor Map being delivered next week. These can be downloaded here. If you require hard copies be sure to attend our forthcoming partner meetings where small numbers will be available. For larger supplies please contact Jenny.

PR Update

PR activity from January - December 2016 achieved a Reach of 124 million people and an AVE of £340,000. There has been an increased focus in 2016 on bloggers and we plan to continue this into 2017.

We have received the first coverage from Debra Bokur, USA Journalist who visited in November History and Charm in Chippenham, with more to follow soon. The latest press release issued was Chippenham and we have received online coverage here and a radio interview on BBC Wiltshire on 4 January. The Wilton Classic and Supercar special offer was recently featured in the Wiltshire Times and Gazette & Herald.

Forthcoming press releases include Valentine's Day and February Half Term - so please let Flo know if you have anything newsworthy to be included. For 2017 there will be a series of town information releases issued to media and added to our press pack and press features online. Town partners will be contacted shortly with a draft release and suggested timings for issue. Please look out for this and respond to Flo accordingly.

Travel Trade Update

There has been a big focus on Travel Trade in 2016 with the South West Tourism Growth Fund activity - an update can be found here. From our own VisitWiltshire travel trade activity we can report that seven of the operators and group travel organisers we hosted in 2015/2016 have reported having already made bookings worth nearly £50,000 to Wiltshire's visitor economy as a result of coming on our familiarisation visits. Initial feedback from our October 2016 familiarisation visit suggests that this event will generate over £250,000 to Wiltshire in additional direct visitor spend.
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Click Here for December's Marketing Update
Look out for the 2016 annual marketing round up - coming soon!
Partner Meetings & Training Events
Salisbury Networking Meeting
Thursday 26 January
2.30pm - 4pm

For 2017 we will be running a series of free, themed networking events around the county, open to all partners, to include PR, Quality, Training etc. The first of these is:

Social Media and Working with Bloggers, with professional blogger Heather Cowper
Tuesday 31 January
2.30pm – 4.30pm
Bradford on Avon
Please look out for more details of other dates in future editions, and contact Theresa if you are interested in attending the above. 
Industry News

VisitEngland / VisitBritain News

Positive Growth Forecast for Inbound Tourism to the UK in 2017 - Forecasts from VisitBritain, the national tourism agency, indicate that 2017 is set to be another record year for inbound tourism to the UK. Spending by overseas visitors is predicted to reach £24.1 billion in 2017, an 8% increase on 2016, where spending is expected to reach £22.3 billion. The number of overseas visitors to the UK is expected to rise in 2017 to 38.1 million visits, up 4% on 2016 which is likely to see about 36.7 million visits by year end. Find out more here.
VisitBritain trend and forecast 2012-2017

Wiltshire Life Awards 2017

Congratulations to the following VisitWiltshire partners who have been shortlisted: Further information can be found here.
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New VisitWiltshire Partners
We would like to welcome the following new VisitWiltshire partners:
What's On in Wiltshire in 2017
Take a look at the amazing events and activities that are on offer throughout the county in 2017. If you haven't already informed us of an event you are running, please make sure you submit details via our event form.
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Just in case you missed it!
  • Feature in South West England Travel Trade E-newsletter - to over 700 international, (predominately German) subscribers. Distributed post ITB in March. Only £300 plus VAT to feature your business with 100 words and an image. Contact Flo to book.
  • Free promotion of your half term activities. Contact Flo with details.
  • Digital Opportunities are available for 2017. Contact Emma for further information or to book!
  • Take part in English Tourism Week - 25 March - 2 April 2017. Find out more here.
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