Simon Calder

A busy week for VisitWiltshire as we welcomed over 220 partners at our Tourism Conference & Exhibition!

Larmer Tree Gardens

Opportunities for your Business


Competition Prizes

We are looking for competition prizes to go in future consumer e-newsletters.  These go out monthly to a database of over 42,000 people and feature on our website. Please contact Emma with details.

Social Media

As part of our new brand positioning work we are keen to get #timeforwiltshire used more on both Twitter and Instagram. For social media queries please contact Emma.

VisitWiltshire News

VisitWiltshire ranked #1 in the English Tourism Social Media Index

We were delighted to hear on Wednesday morning that VisitWiltshire came number 1 in the English Tourism Social Media Index for England beating Visit Cornwall and VisitLondon!

Launched to coincide with English Tourism Week, the Index is compiled by measuring the social media performance of each tourism body based, not just on an algorithm, but a team of five people who looked at nine social networks. Read more about this in our press release.

Familiarisation Passport 2015

Jenny has been busy working on our 2015 Familiarisation passport. Thank you to all of the partners that have got involved with this. This year the Passport will be worth over £600 and it is hoped that this will be available to Partners in time for Easter.

Marketing Update

Catch up with our latest Marketing Update and see what the VisitWiltshire team have been working on in terms of digital, print and PR activity over the past couple of weeks.

VisitEngland launches industry consultation on Growth Strategy for England's Tourism Industry

VisitEngland have launched an industry-wide consultation on the future growth strategy for England's Tourism Industry. The aim of the consultation is so that you, the industry, can input into the development and direction of the strategy. The consultation is now live and will open until 15 May 2015. For more detail and to take part in the short survey visit

Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge

Holiday Inn Salisbury-Stonehenge opens 'new look' Solstice Bar & Grill

The award-winning restaurant and bar has recently been expanded and refurbished to create a 118-seat dining area with an 'al fresco' outdoor terrace for eating out. Read more here.

Avon Springs Fishing Lake
Time for Wiltshire exhibition

'Time for Wiltshire' Tourism Conference & Exhibition
Wednesday 18 March
Salisbury Playhouse & City Hall

Thank you to all of our partners that made our Conference and Exhibition such a success on Wednesday.

Over 220 partners joined us to hear updates from the VisitWiltshire team a keynote address from Simon Calder giving his thoughts on the future of travel and Wiltshire’s part in it, plus presentations from Roger Pride on our new brand positioning, Justin Reid from TripAdvisor.

The key presentations can all be viewed on our website.

The Time for Wiltshire exhibition was our biggest yet with partners from across the county busy networking and exchanging literature followed by a visit to the new Magna Carta exhibition at Salisbury Cathedral.

If you'd like further details of the event then please contact Andrew or Theresa.
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
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.

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

Managing costs and budgets effectively in your business
Thursday 16 April & Thursday 30 April, 10am - 4pm

Marketing for a small business (tbc)
Thursday 14 May & Thursday 21 May

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

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

To sign up or find out more please contact Theresa
Avebury Manor

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.

Swindon and Cricklade Diesel Gala
Swindon & Cricklade Railway
21 - 22 March

The Rotary Club of Calne Bowood 10k Charity Fun Run
22 March

Wild Walks
27 March

Bluegrass and Beyond: The Carrivick Sisters with Cardboard Fox and Rachel Eddy
Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford on Avon
28 March

Hunt for the Golden Hare
Avebury Manor and Garden
28 March - 6 April

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

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Friday 20 March 2015
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