Back to the future for tourism

By Sara Bryce

Thursday, January 23, 2014

 

Back to the future for tourism

Visit Isle of Wight chairman Simon Dabell at the Big Ticket Event at Quay Arts.

THE FUTURE of the Island's tourism lies within its past, it was revealed at a Visit Isle of Wight (VIOW) and VisitEngland Big Tourism Ticket event yesterday (Wednesday).

Time travel will be the theme of this year's tourism campaign — set to launch in May — and the spotlight will be on the Island's many historic landmarks and attractions.

Speaking at the Quay Arts hosted event, VIOW chief executive David Thornton, said: "The Isle of Wight is a time machine.

"We are going to be focusing on the Island's history and time travel. When you travel from Yaverland to Brading Roman Villa, you travel through time from the dinosaurs to the time of Roman mosaics.

"The Island is going to become one big time machine from the dinosaurs to the space age and rocket ships."

A model time machine, said to be inspired by the Island's own past, will be created in time for the launch and it was also revealed a high-profile partnership will be unveiled nearer to the launch.

Though the year of the dinosaur may be over, Dinosaur Isle is set to continue with more links to future dinosaur films and a new dinosaur guide to the Island.

Michelle Russell, on behalf of Vectis Ventures, revealed some of the 42-year-old dinosaurs at at Blackgang Chine are to be pensioned off.

Dinosaur Land at the theme park is to be overhauled into the brand new 'Area 5' with state of the art animatronic dinosaurs.

For more on this story, please see the Isle of Wight County Press on Friday, January 25.

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Keven Ball

23rd January 2014, at 20:32:46

@ David
Sounds wonderful. Yorkshire is a lovely place I am sure you will enjoy it once you are there. Wishing you the very best in your move.

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by david williams

23rd January 2014, at 19:06:25

hi keven ball
we are moving to ripon in north yorkshire

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by Mike Crowe

23rd January 2014, at 17:40:12

Back to the past.

Wouldn't it be nice if we went back to the 1950's?

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by Keven Ball

23rd January 2014, at 17:06:29

Without going in circles here it is clear the main reason that tourism is down on the IOW is due to the ferry prices - I agree with that and until the ferry companies work on reducing the prices no-one will be knocking the door down to visit the island. It really is as simple as that people!

@ David, where on the mainland are you going?

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by Mike Crowe

23rd January 2014, at 17:05:07

Well said David. Very sorry to see you go but can fully understand.

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by david williams

23rd January 2014, at 16:43:51

until you get ferries prices down and get people from the main land here there will not be any future for the isle of wight its cheaper to go france with a motorhome than to the isle wight with a car.
p.s moving back to the main land on sunday

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by Mike Crowe

23rd January 2014, at 13:53:11

Dear Mr Thornton, how much of the 'free advertising' available all over the country will you use?

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by alan naylor

23rd January 2014, at 13:33:57

Dear Mr Thornton how will people on the mainland know of your ideas when theres hardly a broucher to be found in most of the holiday shops iand travell ageancies and who from were was at the meeting

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by Keven Ball

23rd January 2014, at 13:02:03

@Robert
That is what I said on my last post it is cheaper to go to for example Spain than the IOW! The year 2014 will be no different at all and many big hotels on the IOW charge crazy over the top prices and do not include ferry crossing in their pricing, good luck to them!

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by ROBERT SMITH

23rd January 2014, at 12:25:35

Thats OK talking about going back to the future, but with 2013 eye watering ferris prices how are we going to attract visits to come ?
Hotels and B+B are keeping their prices to rock bottom to attract visits BUT when you add the ferry fare on to it IT cheaper to go aboard.

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