Tourist Information ‘Hubs’ – Could you be one?
11:01am Tuesday 22nd October 2013 in Penarth news
PENARTH businesses have been invited to apply to become a tourist Information ‘Hub’ as part of a project to revitalise information provision in the Vale.
In March this year the Vale of Glamorgan Council announced the closure of the Tourist Information Centres based in Barry and Penarth. As a result of this the Tourism Department of the Vale of Glamorgan Council and Creative Rural Communities is encouraging local businesses to work with the council in a partnership to take their place.
Together with the recent closure of the TICs in the surrounding region, the Vale now has no accessible manned information provision for visitors.
In recent weeks the VoG Tourism team, in partnership with Creative Rural Communities, successfully applied for funding through Capital Region Tourism to address visitor information provision in the Vale of Glamorgan.
As a result, new plans have been developed to increase access to visitor information in a number of ways.
The Vale Council are looking to work with local businesses to set up a number of Local Tourist Information Hubs throughout the region, located in strategic areas accessible to visitors.
They are looking for businesses to come forward to express an interest in becoming one of these ‘Hubs’. These could include local attractions, shops, cafés, public buildings etc and will provide a manned Tourist Information Service for visitors. The council envisages up to six ‘Hubs’ being located across the Vale.
There will be an application process to select the most appropriate locations and the successful ‘Hubs’ will be required to sign up to a minimum standard agreement, in accordance with Visit Wales’s requirements and offer a detailed service for visitors with the councils full support.
Claire Evans, tourism marketing manager at the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “Working in partnership with local businesses will enable us to have a wider spread of tourist information across the Vale of Glamorgan which will be accessible throughout the year. We are extremely encouraged by the positive response that we have received from businesses so far, which demonstrates their commitment to supporting and encouraging local tourism.”
If you are interested, or would like to find out more contact Nia Hollins, Senior Rural Regeneration Officer at Creative Rural Communities on 01446 704767 or email email@example.com