Taste of IW travels to Westminster

By David Newble

Friday, August 29, 2014

 

THE Island’s business community is set to give Britain’s lawmakers and tourism bosses a Taste of the Wight at the Palace of Westminster, on Tuesday.

Vist Isle of Wight and Taste of the Wight have joined Island MP Andrew Turner for the special event to celebrate Island food and products.

The event follows the success of the first IW Day at Westminster, last October.

The second IW Day will give Island businesses the chance to promote themselves to a wide audience of media covering travel and food, food buyers, business investors and MPs.

Mr Turner will welcome guests and Lady Penny Cobham, chairman of Visit England, will declare the Taste of the Wight programme open.

The leader of the IW Council, Cllr Ian Stephens, will talk about the authority’s role in tourism and the importance of working with the private sector to deliver services.

Visit IOW will create a pop-up garden, where Island food will be served.

Chief executive of Visit IOW, David Thornton, said: "Tourism is worth over £500 million to the Island’s economy and represents almost 30 per cent of employment on the IW."

Also showcased will be products promoted by Solent under the Wight Marque branding.

David Brooks, sales director of Solent, said: "Taste of the Wight is becoming an important part of the IW’s marketing programme."

Mr Turner added: "I was really proud of what we achieved with our first IW Day and the plans for this year are on track to top that."

Reporter: davidn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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