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Opportunities for your Business

'Time for Wiltshire' Tourism Exhibition
Wed 18 March, City Hall 1:15pm-3:00pm

VisitWiltshire's annual Tourism Exhibition will take place immediately after the Conference. The Exhibition is an excellent opportunity for you to showcase your business and distribute literature on a stand FREE of charge. To register your interest, email Jenny as soon as possible as stands are filling up fast. This will be the biggest event to date, so don’t miss out! For further information please visit our website
 

Familiarisation Passport 2015

We will shortly be producing our annual Familiarisation Passport. This year you will have the opportunity to data capture email addresses from these vouchers. If you would like to take part in this initiative for 2015, please email Jenny by Monday 2 March. The passports will be available in time for Easter.
 

Special Offers

Partners have the opportunity to submit Special Offers in order to promote your business to consumers and help drive visitors during key trading periods. These consumer offers will be promoted by VisitWiltshire throughout the year. Please contact the VisitWiltshire team with details of your special offers as and when you have them available.

VisitWiltshire News

New 'Time for Wiltshire' Video

VisitWiltshire has just launched a new video to promote the county.  If you haven't already seen it, you can view it here.  Why not link to it from your own website?
 

New Marketing Update

Check out what VisitWiltshire have been up to - Marketing Update 17 Feb 2015
 

Please Vote for Kevin - if you haven't already!

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. A new VisitWiltshire blog including a video from Kevin is now available to view here.  Please cast your  VOTE HERE  before 28 February, after which the winner will be announced. 
 

PR Update

Press releases recently issued include the Tourism Exhibition information for trade and 'Make Time for Easter' press release.  Press visits from an American freelance journalist - Salisbury and Stonehenge, and Maxine Sheppard for Civil Service magazine have taken place this month.  Maxine focussed on northern Wiltshire including Marlborough, Pewsey, Corsham and Lacock.
 

Travel Trade

We have recently exhibited at South West Group Travel Show in Weston-Super-Mare with stand partners, Bowood House, Salisbury Cathedral & Magna Carta, Arundells, Wyvern Theatre and The Cathedral Hotel. We have finalised the itinerary for the forthcoming spring familiarisation visit (22 - 24 March) and have some exciting interest from group travel organisers and operators wishing to attend. If you are keen to market your product to this sector and would like to know more please contact Florence.
 

VisitWiltshire 2015 printed literature now available

All three publications, Accommodation - stay, discover, explore, Group Visits & Travel Trade guide and Days Out guide are now all printed and available. These brochures can be downloaded here or for hard copies please contact Jenny.
 
HMRC

Industry News

HMRC Help & Advice on Tax

Tourism Alliance are working with HMRC to help obtain accurate and timely advice on tax matters for tourism businesses. If you are interested in establishing links with a key contact from HMRC or you would like to take part in a dedicated Tourism Webinar  where you can discuss issues (tentatively planned for March) please let Andrew know.
Guyers House Hotel

Congratulations to...

The following partners who are winners or highly commended in the recent South West Tourism Excellence awards 2015:

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year
GOLD - Wadworth Brewery & Visitor Centre

Tourist Information Service of the Year
GOLD - Salisbury Information Centre

Large Hotel of the Year
BRONZE - Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa

Plus congratulations to Guyers House Hotel for being upgraded to a 4 AA star accommodation provider.
The Farm Camp

New Partners

We would like to welcome two new accommodation partners The Farm Camp near Bradford on Avon and Sign of the Angel in Lacock and Swindon Museum and Art Gallery. We look forward to working with you all.

'Time for Wiltshire' Tourism Conference
Wed 18 March, Salisbury Playhouse
9:30am - 4:00pm

We now have at least 40 Wiltshire Tourism businesses attending.

Keynote Speakers:
Simon Calder
, Senior Travel Editor for The Independent and presenter of Global Guru for The Travel Show (BBC2 and BBC World). 

Justin Reid, Head of Destination Marketing EMEA for TripAdvisor for Europe, Middle East and Africa. 
 
Roger Pride, Managing Partner for Heavenly the agency responsible for undertaking the new Wiltshire brand positioning work for VisitWiltshire.

Workshop Sessions:
Each delegate will have the opportunity to attend two of the following sessions:
  • 'How to maximise income in a small accommodation business' - Yvonne Halling, Bed and Breakfast Coach
  • 'Images are 10 x more likely to be shared online' - Jim Hardcastle, Viper Marketing
  • '10 tips to develop your digital tourism strategy' - Andrew Eberlin, Eberlin web design
  • 'Making the most of working with VisitWiltshire' - VisitWiltshire Marketing Team
  • 'How do you develop your employer brand' - Cheryl Palmer, Impress HR
To find out more and book these workshops please download the booking form here. For any queries please contact Theresa
Dates for your diary

Dates for your Diary 2015

Partner Events

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.

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

Removing the mystery of tax and financial planning for small businesses
Wed 25 March, 10am - 1pm

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
What's On

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.

Radio DJ Taster session with KIK Radio
Pound Arts Centre, Corsham 
Thurs 19 February

Scraptors Workshop - Ebenezer Stone and his Bike
Stourhead
Thurs 19 February

Murder Mystery at Stanton House Hotel
Stanton Fitzwarren, Swindon
Sat 21 February

Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour
City Hall, Salisbury
Tues 24 February

Early Spring Walk at Lacock with Head Gardener 
Lacock Abbey
Tues 24 February

38th Annual Antiques Fair
Wilton House 
Fri 27 February to 1 March

Megaslam Wrestling
Melksham Assembly Hall
Fri 27 February

Magna Carta - Game of Barons
Exhibition at Trowbridge Museum
Sat 28 Feb - Sat 25 July

Mini Chefs - Around the Globe - Indian
Vaughan's Kitchen Cookery School, Devizes
Sat 28 February
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: 

Thursday 19 February 2015
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