Don't miss our forthcoming
VisitWiltshire Partner Opportunities
New Autumn Campaign Don't miss out - book now - deadline Friday 12 August Our new Made of England campaign will be targeting the UK short break escape market. Available to all partners, it encompasses products such as beautiful gardens, events and festivals, arts and culture, relaxing spas, accommodation, attractions and activities all under the Timeless Wiltshire branding. Find out more - Autumn Partner Marketing Campaign Opportunity.
The campaign will launch in September 2016 but the booking deadline is 12 August so please contact Fiona for further information and to book. Bookings will operate on a first come first served basis
2017 VisitWiltshire Publications Advertising Opportunities Book now - Deadline Friday 29 July Bookings will operate on a first come first served basis 2017 Visitor Guide - 50,000 national/international distribution - from only £72.50 for standard entry to double page display advert £1,595. Editorial sponsorship opportunities available. 2017 Visitor Map - 200,000 national/international distribution - from only £105 for standard entry to full page back cover at £1,165. All prices subject to VAT
Events for 2017 Printed Publications Attraction and town partners are invited to submit up to 6 events for possible inclusion in 2017 events calendars. Ideally both the name of the event and the exact 2017 date(s); failing that the name of the event and the month in which it takes place. The deadline is Wednesday 31 August.
New 'Town' features for 2016/2017 VisitWiltshire Press Pack
We are currently writing town features following a simple generic format including history/about the town, things to see and do, annual events, where to eat and shop, where to stay, connectivity, what's nearby and did you know? We are keen to hear from town partners who have anything new that they are trying to promote which could be included. Contact Flo with details.
New for 2017
It’s never too early to talk about next year! VisitEngland and VisitWiltshire are keen to find out about your biggest and most exciting news for next year and beyond. We are particularly interested in:
Major openings and launches – hotels, accommodation, attractions, exhibitions etc.
Key anniversaries that are being celebrated in your region
Any film/TV tie-ins in your region for 2017 release and beyond
Brand new tours/trails
Any key campaigns you have in the planning
2017 Visitor Guide
Whilst we are in the planning stage of our 2017 Visitor Guide, we would be interested to hear from anyone who knows of any key themes/topics/anniversaries in Wiltshire, that we could include for editorial features in this guide. Please contact Jenny if you have any ideas.
Please contact Flo before Thursday 28 July for your information to be shared with VisitEngland now, or if after that date we will be keen to receive anything as soon as possible.
Travel Trade Opportunities
ITB Berlin - the world's leading Travel Trade Show
8 - 12 March 2017
VisitWiltshire is interested to hear from any business that is keen to promote themselves to the German market. You have an opportunity to showcase your business as part of South West England at ITB. Prices are from only £750 per day.
If you are interested please contact Flo to discuss. There is also an opportunity to exhibit at World Travel Market in November 2016, but we need to have a number of interested businesses to make this viable. Please let us know if you are interested.
Don't forget to see our 'Bird's Eye View of Wiltshire from the Air' film at www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/videos. Help us showcase the county and embed the video on your website and share via social media. Contact Emma for help!
Do you have a unique story about your accommodation?
We are looking to write a blog about some of the Wiltshire’s quirky history. Do you have a special story about your property that you would be willing to share with us? Have you had any famous guests staying with you in the past? Please send any details to Emma.
Push notifications for both VisitWiltshire and Visit Salisbury apps are now available for August and September. Please contactEmma for details.
FREE Events Listings
Organising an event? Please submit details via our event form.
Special Offers for seasonal breaks to Wiltshire
We are keen to feature your events, activities and special offers on our website and in media communication. Please get in touch and let us know what you have planned.
Don't forget to use #timeforwiltshire on your social media posts. Digital opportunities are available at great rates.
Enter our 2016 Photo Competition
Our 2016 Photo Competition, in partnership with Newsquest titles, has been generating excellent exposure in the local press. Send your July entries in now before the end of the month and encourage all your guests to do so too, as there are some fabulous prizes to be won. Full details including an entry form and T&Cs can be found on our website.
VisitWiltshire Photo Library
Our online photo library is an excellent resource, both for our partners to use, and also for promoting partner businesses to journalists, bloggers, tour operators, group organisers etc. If you would like images of your business to be included in the library please send high resolution jpegs to Jenny. The current album list is available to view here- please contact us to request links.
Pokemon GO - you may have noticed that the new Pokemon GO app has taken the world by storm. This augmented reality game encourages users to explore their surroundings particularly popular landmarks to collect Pokemon. We want to make sure you are taking advantage of this opportunity so please check out Pokemon Go - Business Benefits - How it can help your hospitality business.
Accessibility - we have been consulted and interviewed by BBC Wiltshire regarding the accessibility of Wiltshire as a holiday destination and we therefore thought it would be worth reminding partners about how you can understand the accessible tourism market - which is worth £12 billion a year to the tourism economy. Providing Access for All information and Writing an Access Statement are worth a read.
New Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport - Karen Bradley MP and Tracey Crouch MP remains in post as Tourism Minister. Read Karen Bradley's biography.
£3 million Cultural Destination Fund now open for applications.
As part of VisitBritain's three-year partnership with Arts Council England, the £3 million Cultural Destinations programme is now open for applications. The programme aims to enable arts and cultural organisations, working in partnership with their Destination Organisation (ie. VisitWiltshire), to drive visitor economy growth by increasing their reach, engagement and resilience. We would love to hear from any of our cultural organisation partners who have bid ideas that fit the guidelines. See Advice and Guidance.The deadline for ideas to VisitWiltshire is 29 July 2016. Contact David for further information.
SW Tourism Excellence Awards
With over 500 entries already logged across the South West, entry into most categories in this year's awards is now closed, but there is a later deadline of 26th August for entries in 3 selected categories; these are International Visitor Experience, Unsung Hero Award for Customer Service and Tourism Event and Festival. To find out more and enter please visit www.southwesttourismawards.org.uk