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Bluebells in Wiltshire
Last Chance to Book

Social Travel Britain Conference 17 - 19 April

15% Discount Now Available
Social Travel Britain

Opportunities for your Business

Social Travel Britain Conference, Sarum College, Salisbury 
17 - 19 April

Final chance to book your place on the Social Travel Conference especially now that they are offering all VisitWiltshire Partners a 15% discount off the normal sign-up fee of £140.  If you are interested please book here.
 

First Great Western Offers

With summer approaching First Great Western are looking for strong special offers that are seasonally relevant, ideally up to the end of October 2015 (although specific dates can be included).  These will be featured on the First Great Western website and promoted via radio and press advertising and to a database of over 1.5m customers. There is no cost for this.  If you would like to submit an offer please download the form here and return it to  fgwoffers@leith.co.uk as soon as possible.  Offers will go live on 1 May.
 

VisitWiltshire Special Offers

We are keen to promote your special offers for both May Bank Holiday weekends on our website, please contact Emma with details. Our 2015 online Special Offers are now available here and can be promoted to your visitors.
 

Familiarisation Passport

VisitWiltshire’s 2015 Familiarisation Passport has now been sent out to all partners. The Passport gives VisitWiltshire partners and their staff the opportunity to visit attractions and other businesses around the county free of charge, with potential savings of over £670. By knowing at first-hand what is available locally, we can all work together to help our visitors make the most of their stay. Initially all partners have received one copy each. We do have a small number of spare copies, so if you would like an extra one please email Jenny.
 

Push Notifications

We still have push notification opportunities on both the Wiltshire and Salisbury Apps for April and May. Please contact Emma to book a slot.
Fritillaries in Cricklade

VisitWiltshire News

Partnerships News

Andrew Gostelow, Partnerships Manager has now left VisitWiltshire.  I hope you will join us in saying thank you to him for all his hard work and wish him all the best for the future. Any partnership enquiries can be directed to Theresa or for any other enquiries to David.
 

VisitWiltshire Marketing Update

We now have a new Marketing Update available which informs you of what we have been up to over the last few weeks.  Please take some time to have a look here.


Travel Trade Update

We continue to work closely with our Travel Trade Group and now welcome two new Sponsors - Fleet Air Museum and Wiltshire Museum / Salisbury Museum and two new Partners The Bridge Tea Rooms and the Contemporary Heritage & Craft Fair. We are planning our activity for 2015/2016 now and if you are interested in joining this group please contact Florence.   

PR Update

March proved to be a bumper month for PR activity with an AVE of over £170k and a PR reach of approximately 13m  people.
 

Blogs

Don't forget to take a look at all our blogs - The latest of which - Top places to spot Bluebells in Wiltshire and Cricklade and the Snakeshead Fritillary are proving popular. We will also be hosting blogger Rosana McPhee on 23 April for a pan-Wiltshire visit. Further details on this and recent blogger to visit, Coralie Grassin will follow when available.
Wiltshire Food & Drink

Industry News

Developing Wiltshire Food and Drink

The food and drink sector in Wiltshire has been identified as a priority sector by the SW LEP and has attracted EU funding. VisitWiltshire are working with Taste of Wiltshire to develop our food and drink offer and are inviting companies involved across the food and drink supply chain to  take part in one of a number of open sessions to find out what the funding could mean for the sector, and to understand what your challenges, needs and priorities are.  Current plans include a plan for a membership organisation to support the industry and encourage collaboration, training, business support and a programme of marketing activity.  If you would like to get involved the following events are being held across the county.
Trowbridge on Thursday 23 April, 2-5pm register here
Salisbury  on Wednesday 29 April, 2- 5pm register here
Near Chippenham on Thursday 30 April, 2- 5pm register here .
If you’re not able to make these dates but would still like to have your views heard or to hear more, please do contact geraldine@mckibbin-bs.uk  

 

South West £5m Fund for Boosting Tourism

VisitEngland have appointed VisitWiltshire to the ‘Expert Group’ leading on developing and implementing the new £5m fund to boost tourism to the South West. The money will back proposals for a clear strategy for tourism in the South West based upon the unique strengths that the region has to offer. VisitWiltshire are participating in a wider consultation group meeting next week.
 

TransWilts CIC Surveys

If you are a train user in Wiltshire, TransWilts Community Rail Partnership are very keen that you have your say. Please spare a few moments to take part in their online surveys  The Wiltshire Train Users Survey and the Demand Survey for Corsham Station.
 
Dates for your Diary

Dates for your Diary 2015

Partner Events

Swindon Tourism Meeting
Tuesday 21 April, 2pm
Jury's Inn

Partners' Familiarisation Trip to Avebury - Waitlist only
Wednesday 22 April
Avebury Manor

Travel Trade Group
Thursday 23 April
Longleat House
(Pre-registered attendance only)

Bradford on Avon Networking Event
Tuesday 28 April
The Swan

Warminster Networking Meeting
Tuesday 12 May
Bishopstrow Hotel & Spa
 
Please contact Theresa for further information.
 

Training Programme
Wiltshire Futures - Developing Skills for Business Growth

Training opportunities are now available and these will be held at Royal Wootton Bassett and Salisbury. Sessions are at £25 plus VAT each (usually £250) unless otherwise stated.

Securing a reputation for first class customer service
Thursday 11 June and Thursday 18 June, 10am - 4pm

Emergency first aid at work
Thursday 2 July and Thursday 9 July, 10am - 4pm

To sign up or find out more please contact Theresa
Castle Combe Circuit

What's On

There is always lots to see and do in Wiltshire so keep an eye on 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.

Private Walled Garden Tours
Bowood House & Gardens
Calne
Wednesday 15 April

Gardens Illustrated Festival
Malmesbury
Friday 17 and Saturday 18 April

Swindon German Beerfest 2015
Swindon
Saturday 18 April

Walk this way - Guided walks of the Warminster area
Information from Warminster Information Centre
Saturday 18 April

NGS Open Gardens
Bradford on Avon
Sunday 19 April

Flying with the Larks
Boscombe Down Aviation Collection
Old Sarum
Tuesday 21 April

Little Shop of Horrors
Salisbury Playhouse
Thursday 23 April - Saturday 16 May

Magna Carta and King John Conference
Trowbridge
Saturday 25 April

Marlborough Choral Society Concert
St Mary's Church
Saturday 25 April

Spring Performance Car Action Day
Castle Combe Circuit
Saturday 25 April

 
Timbrell's Yard

New VisitWiltshire Partners

We would like to welcome our latest partners:

All Hallows School for Cooks and Makers
Timbrells Yard - Accommodation
Timbrells Yard - Restaurant
The Henge Shop

Contact:

Florence Wallace, Travel Trade & PR Manager
T:  01722 341309
M: 07436 588860
E:
flowallace@visitwiltshire.co.uk

Our mailing address is:
Pennyfarthing House
18 Pennyfarthing Street
Salisbury
Wiltshire
SP1 1HJ
Date: 

Tuesday 14 April 2015
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