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VisitWiltshire would like to wish you all a Happy New Year and prosperous 2015 for your business!

Remembrance Poppies

Opportunities for your Business

Banner Ads on VisitWiltshire Website

Advertise your business with banner adverts on the VisitWiltshire website with on average 80,000 unique visitors per month.  Prices start from just £50 per month and discounts are available for bookings of three months or more. Contact Emma to find out more.

Push Notifications on VisitWiltshire Apps

We have some slots available for push notifications on the Wiltshire and Salisbury Apps during January and February.  Contact Emma to register an interest for a slot.

Website entries

If you haven't already, you will shortly be receiving an email asking you to check your website entry on our site. Please ensure you check your entry is correct and contact us with any amendments.
If you are an attraction, food and drink or accommodation partner you can have your TripAdvisor reviews included free of charge on your website entry on our site. If you would like to take up this opportunity please contact Emma.

WW1 Events

If any partners are running any WW1 related events during 2015 please can you send over details to Emma so we can ensure these are added to our website for you.

PR - Rugby World Cup

Thank you to all who supplied information for our PR 'hooks' 2015 document.

The Rugby World Cup will be a high profile event this year - VisitEngland recently welcomed new figures released by Ernst & Young demonstrating that the value of tournament is set to generate £2.2 billion to the UK economy. We are keen to ensure visitors stay and play in Wiltshire in between games being held at Twickenham, Exeter and Cardiff.  The Rugby World Cup runs from 18 September - 31 October 2015 and we are keen to promote your themed products and special offers for you.  Please contact Florence with details before 30 January.

Shake up your wake up - Take part in the Best Breakfast Awards

Back for the second year, the Best Breakfast Awards are searching for the UK's best breakfast dishes. There are a range of categories in which you can enter and it's a great opportunity to get some recognition for your breakfast dishes and achieve potential PR coverage. To find out more and to enter visit Best Breakfast Awards.
STEAM Museum of the Great Western Railway

VisitWiltshire News

Tourism Superstar

Kevin Shurmer, from STEAM, Museum of Great Western Railway, Swindon has been shortlisted for VisitEngland’s national 2015 Tourism Superstar along with nine other people nationally. The Tourism Superstar award was launched three years ago by VisitEngland as part of English Tourism Week, honouring someone in the tourism industry who is passionate about their destination and who goes above and beyond the call of duty to make every visitor’s experience extra special.  There will be an online public vote which shows a short film of all the nominees and readers will be able to vote for their favourite.  Support your Wiltshire candidate and vote for Kevin from 31 Jan on and the winner will be announced on 14 March.

Time for Wiltshire - Visit Salisbury

VisitWiltshire have just taken delivery of our latest campaign leaflet - Visit Salisbury.  150,000 inserts will be distributed in the Daily Telegraph and The Times later this month, alongside online and digital activity and train panels on South West Trains.

Travel Trade

The autumn travel trade e-newsletter was sent out to 2,975 subscribers; it received a 25% open rate and a 2.5% click through rate.  Many of these are new contacts which include group organisers, excursion operators and international operators.  VisitWiltshire's group travel trade partners were included in the newsletter which can be viewed here.  The new Group Visits & Travel Trade Guide 2015 is out now and will be distributed shortly.  If you would like to market your business to group travel trade then why not consider joining our travel trade partnership group.  The next meeting is at Wadworth Brewery Visitor Centre 2pm - 4pm on 15 January.  For further information please contact Florence

Congratulations to...

Avebury and Martin Down National Nature Reserve who have been nominated for Countryfile awards 2015.  Avebury has been shortlisted as Heritage site of the Year and Martin Down NNR as Nature Reserve of the year. Find out more here.

New Partners

We would like to welcome Fleet Air Arm Museum, and Allington Farm Café, as new partners this week.  We look forward to working with you.

Training Programme

Dates for your Diary 2015

Tourism Forum and Literature Exchange - SAVE THE DATE
Wednesday 18 March 2015
Salisbury Playhouse & City Hall

Join the VisitWiltshire team to debate a range of key issues affecting your business and tourism during English Tourism Week. More information to follow in the coming weeks.

New 2015 Training Programme - Wiltshire Futures - Developing Skills for Business Growth

A range of training opportunities will be available this year.  For some of these courses we have secured funding* via the Local Enterprise Partnership through Green Labyrinth and these will be held at Royal Wootton Bassett and Salisbury . Sessions are at £25 plus VAT each (usually £250). Other venues around the county will be arranged if their is sufficient demand.

Digital marketing, planning, analytics and social media
Wed 28 January, 10am - 3pm
FULL but waiting list available
Salisbury, £45 plus VAT

Getting started with social media*
Thurs 5 February & Thurs 12 February,
10am - 4pm

Finance and Tax for a small business
Wed 11 February
Chippenham Museum, £25 plus VAT

Baking for Breakfast
Tues 24 February, 2pm - 4.30pm
Vaughan's Kitchen, Devizes, £50 plus VAT

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

Industry News

Human Resources support for your business

Project IMPRESS works with Wiltshire based employers to improve staff retention and workforce development within their businesses. The initiative is part of a wider project and is funded through the EU's Interreg IVA Channel Programme as well as Wiltshire Councils’ Action of Wiltshire programme.

The IMPRESS Employment Liaison team can offer HR advice and support to employers who do not have the necessary support and expertise in-house. This is done via 1-1 meetings, email correspondence and workshops/events. For details of the next event please visit here.  There are Employer Forums across the county to establish the training needs of various employment sectors. If you would like to be a part of this or require further information please contact the team on 01225 716507 or via email.

Stonehenge & Avebury World Heritage Site Management Plan Consultation Drop-In Sessions

This provides a long term strategy to protect the World Heritage Site (WHS) for present and future generations 2015-2021.  

The public consultation process gives an opportunity to a wider range of people to review the Plan and ensure that it addresses the key issues. Please take part here.  The consultation period will continue until Sunday 1 March 2015.
As part of the community engagement process there are a number of dates and times scheduled for you to meet with Beth Thomas and Sarah Simmonds, Stonehenge & Avebury WHS Coordinators.  Details can be obtained from their website.
Music Events

What's On Events

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.

January 2015 Gourmet Food & Drink Weekend
The Harrow, Little Bedwyn, Marlborough

Fri 9 & Sat 10 January

Christmas Festival of Light - extended due to popular demand
Longleat, Warminster
Sat 10, Sun 11 January & Sat 17 January

At First Glance Exhibition
The Pound Art Centre, Corsham
Fri 9 Jan - Sat 21 Feb

Kids archaeology club at Wiltshire Museum, Devizes
Sat 10 January

Burns Night Dinner
Chiseldon, Swindon
Sat 17 & Sun 18 January

Bradford Roots Music Festival 
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon
Sat 17 January

Odyssey of Love
Salisbury Playhouse 
Fri 16 January


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

Our mailing address is:
Pennyfarthing House
18 Pennyfarthing Street

Wednesday 7 January 2015
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