VisitWiltshire Tourism Forum

'Time for Wiltshire' Tourism Conference & Exhibition
Wednesday 18 March
Keynote Speaker
Simon Calder
Travel Journalist and Broadcaster

Literature Exchange

Opportunities for your Business

'Time for Wiltshire' Tourism Exhibition

VisitWiltshire's annual Tourism Conference and Exhibition will take place in Salisbury on Wednesday 18 March 2015. This is an excellent opportunity for partners to showcase their businesses and distribute literature on a stand free of charge. Please register your interest to Jenny before Monday 16 February. 

Familiarisation Passport 2015

The opportunity to promote your business to fellow partners of VisitWiltshire, bona fide journalists and group organisers will be available via our Familiarisation Passport 2015. Jenny will be in touch shortly with further information or email her now to confirm your inclusion for this year.

2015 Special Offer Vouchers

For 2015 VisitWiltshire will once again be offering partners the chance to feature a Special Offer Voucher on our website for consumers. If you have a special event or are keen to drive visitors off peak you may be interested to take advantage of this opportunity.  A variety of offers are possible with validity dates to suit you!  Jenny will be in touch shortly with further information or email her now to confirm your inclusion for this year.

In addition, if you have any spring, Easter or Mothers Day special offers for our website please email details to Emma.

Online Marketing Group

We are still looking for partners to join our Online Marketing Group. We usually meet about once a quarter.  If you have experience and interest in online marketing please contact Fiona for more details.

Channel 4's 'Four in a Bed'

Studio Lambert are embarking on brand new series of Channel 4’s very popular ‘Four in a Bed’ and adding ‘Four in a Camp Bed’ this year. They are looking for new types of accommodation providers who might enjoy the chance to share what makes their B&B so special. Further info here or email Tel: 0203 040 6835.
Vote for Kevin

VisitWiltshire News

Vote for Kevin!

One of VisitWiltshire’s nominees, Kevin Shurmer, from STEAM, Museum of the Great Western Railway, Swindon has been shortlisted for VisitEngland's national 2015 Tourism Superstar award.  Voting is now open - VOTE HERE  before 28 February, after which the winner will be announced.

PR Update

Media this month included our Valentine's Day Offers press release - thank you to all those who provided offers for this.  Contact Florence if you have any big new events for Wiltshire in 2015 and if you’re interested in hosting a major road cycling magazine on a press visit in May. 

Travel Trade

We have recently exhibited at Excursions with stand partners, Wadworth Brewery, Bowood House, Longleat, Salisbury Cathedral & Magna Carta, Salisbury Christmas Market and Arundells.  This weekend we will be at SW Group Travel Show in Weston-super-Mare.  There will be a spring familiarisation visit (22 - 24 March) for group travel organisers and operators. Thanks to all our partners for hosting fam visits which makes them possible to run. If you are keen to market your product to this sector and would like to know more please contact Florence.

Hot off the Press

We have just taken delivery of our 2015 Great Days Out Guide which will start to be distributed shortly.  You can download it here.
North Wessex Downs AONB

Industry News

Qualify as a Landscape Ambassador

A new initiative aimed at encouraging tourism providers and supporters of protected landscapes to become 'landscape ambassadors' has been launched.  The new online tool is available here and for further information visit Our Land.

National Coach Tourism Awards 2015 (NCTA)

Brought to you by Coach Monthly, the NCTA is the only scheme that specifically focuses on coach tourism. This year there are categories for coach friendly destination (town, city, county, region, island or country), visitor attraction, shopping destination, and coach tourism innovation. There’s no charge to enter. Find out more including the entry and nomination criteria here. The closing date for entries and nominations is Friday 20 March.

New Partners

We would like to welcome Edington Music Festival, The Village Pump Folk Festival, Upper Peckingell Farm and two Giraffe restaurants in Swindon as new partners this week.  We look forward to working with you all.

Pride of Wiltshire Award

Congratulations to...

Partners who won Wiltshire Life awards 2015:

Partners who featured in the top 50 Gastropub Awards 2015:

Time for Wiltshire Tourism Conference
Wednesday 18 March
Salisbury Playhouse & City Hall
9.45am - 4pm

Speakers Announced
Keynote Speaker - Simon Calder

Simon is Senior Travel Editor for The Independent and presenter of Global Guru for The Travel Show (BBC2 and BBC World). 

Justin Reid
Justin is the Head of Destination Marketing EMEA for TripAdvisor for Europe, Middle East and Africa. TripAdvisor is the world’s biggest travel website with over 320 million visitors per month and over 200 million reviews. 
Roger Pride
Roger currently works as Managing Partner for Heavenly and has recently undertaken the new Wiltshire brand positioning work for VisitWiltshire. Former Director of Marketing for Wales Tourist Board and Visit Wales. Roger developed and delivered brands focusing on the tourism, economic development and regeneration aspects of place. 

A range of business support and advice workshops will be available throughout the day.

This event is free of charge to partners. A non-partner fee of £25 plus VAT is applicable.  To book and confirm you place for this event please contact Theresa
Partner Events & Training

Dates for your Diary 2015

Partner Events

Salisbury Tourism Meeting
Thursday 5 February, 2pm
Salisbury Museum

Chippenham Networking Meeting
Monday 23 February, 2pm
Chippenham Museum 

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

Partners' Familiarisation Trip to Avebury
Wednesday 22 April
Avebury Manor

Travel Trade Group
Thursday 23 April
Longleat Safari & Adventure Park

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.

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

Baking for breakfast
Tues 24 February, 2pm - 4.30pm
Vaughan's Kitchen, Devizes, £50 and includes a goody bag worth £10

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
Winter Warmers at Stourhead

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.

Crofton Winter Work Open Day
Crofton Beam Engines, Marlborough
Sat 7 February

Sherston Market
Sherston Village Hall, Malmesbury
Sat 7 February

Winter Warmers at Stourhead
Stourhead, Nr Mere
Sat 7 & Sun 8 February; Sat 14 & Sun 15 February

The Roman Army in Wiltshire
The Wiltshire Museum, Devizes
Sat 7 February

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac
Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
Mon 9 February

Romantic Rugs
Pound Arts Centre, Corsham
Wed 11 February

Snowdrop Drama - Seasonal Floral Display
Sir Harold Hillier Gardens
Sat 14 February - Sun 22 February

Rugby Club Valentine's Ball
Melksham Assembly Hall 
Sat14 February

Romantic Salisbury Walk
Salisbury City Guides, Salisbury Information Centre
Sat 14 - Sun 15 February

Through the Ages Children's Tours
Old Sarum
Mon 16 - Fri 20 February

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

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Wednesday 4 February 2015
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