TOURIST BOARDS & DESTINATIONS

National tourist boards and regional tourist offices listed below are all keen to welcome coaches

Bournemouth Tourism
www.bournemouth.co.uk
01202 451741 (Travel Trade)
01202 451781 (TIC)

Situated on the sunny South Coast of England, Bournemouth is a year-round cosmopolitan resort. Great shops, delicious cafes and restaurants just minutes from miles of award-winning beaches and gardens, Bournemouth also offers fabulous entertainment, nightlife and attractions.

Calais Tourism Board
www.calais-cotedopale.com
00 33 321 96 61 70

Devon’s Top Attractions
www.lotstodo.co.uk
07905 291567

Devon’s Top Attractions represent over 40 of Devon’s best visitor attractions. Annually inspected to meet quality standards which ensure visitors experience a quality day out on every level. The varied attractions include castles, botanical gardens and impressive stately homes. You could take a ride on an award winning steam railway, narrow gauge tram or sail along the famous Jurassic coast. You could visit a Zoo or farm or enjoy one of the award winning theme parks. Devon’s beauty and versatility continues to delight visitors who return regularly to discover more of its hidden treasures. Devon is a holiday winner on every level. Group trip itinerary planning service available on request.

Fishguard and Goodwick Chamber of Trade and Tourism
www.gofishguard.co.uk
01348 874886

Our Chamber provides support to and a voice for the current 160+ members in the area of Fishguard Bay, most of whom provide services to visitors and tourists. Joint marketing initiatives are undertaken by self-selecting groups of businesses. The area rejoices in a range of attractions and events. Fishguard is a gateway to Ireland and to the world famous coastal path. This beautiful and unspoilt area was the scene of the Last Invasion of Britain with a tapestry to rival the Bayeux.

Medway Tourism
www.visitmedway.org
01634 338118

Medway the most coach friendly destination in the world is situated midway between London and the Channel Ports and is famous for its literary connections to the Victorian novelist Charles Dickens. Visit Historic Rochester with its cathedral, castles, antiques and speciality shops. It’s ideal place to visit on a mealstop en-route to London or the continent.

Midlothian & Borders Action Group
www.mbtag.uk
07833518819

The Scottish Borders and Midlothian like to quietly impress their visitors. As you explore the rolling hills, open countryside, rugged picturesque coast lines you realise that you are never far from nature. In fact, it is not far from anywhere – just south of Edinburgh and 90 minutes north of Newcastle, it is within easy reach for visitors.

The region is defined as much by its landscape as it is by its spellbinding abbeys, fascinating heritage sites, awe-inspiring stately homes and castles and the time-honoured and truly unique Common Ridings. For the adventure seeker there are activities in abundance – golf one of the many courses in the area, scuba dive at St Abbs or put your mountain bike through it’s paces.

It’s really no surprise that these lands inspired the works of literary greats like Sir Walter Scott and John Buchan.

Scotland truly starts here.

MBTAG (Mid Lothian & Borders Action Group) is dedicated to assist tour operators with information, advice and marketing collateral to build tourism programmes in the region, taking people off the beating track and bring them back to a slower paced experience of Scotland.

Poole Tourism
www.pooletourism.com

01202 451741 (Travel Trade)
01202 262600 (TIC)

Poole offers a unique mixture of fascinating history and top attractions to suit all ages. Enjoy the vibrant quayside with harbour cruises & world renowned Poole Pottery and Compton Acres – the South’s finest privately owned gardens (recently voted the UK’s top tourist attraction by Trip Advisor). Delve into the past at the free entry museum with four floors of galleries to explore, enjoy some retail therapy at the Dolphin Shopping Centre or take the RNLI Discovery Tour where you can see how the volunteer crews and lifeguards are trained.

Visit: www.pooletourism.com/grouptravel or sign up to: www.pooletourism.com/newsdirect for more information.

Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
www.windsor.gov.uk
01753 743918

Southern Wales Tourism
www.southernwales.com
01656 815335

Tourism Ireland
www.ireland.com
020 7518 0812

Tourism Ireland is the marketing body for the island of Ireland. We can assist operators with planning itineraries and introductions to key Irish trade members. Education programmes, workshops and fam visits are organised throughout the year to help improve product knowledge, and keep you informed of developments. We can also contribute to targeted marketing and advertising campaigns to help you promote your product in the market. By working closely with the Irish trade and travel industry partners in tandem, we aim to maintain Ireland’s position at the cutting edge of international tourism and marketing, and to achieve sustainable growth.

Visit Blackpool
www.visitblackpool.com
01253 478222

Blackpool is evolving, yet a dedication to entertainment and family fun remain at the heart of the resort. With theatres and venues galore and attractions offering Europe’s largest collection of sharks, an adrenaline filled theme park, the celebrity glamour of Madame Tussauds, or the animal magnetism of Blackpool Zoo, there really is nowhere like it. The team can offer guidance and support in packaging the perfect Blackpool break, we have images and copy available for Operators to make use of in their marketing collateral. Or for an extra special touch, book one of our unique heritage tours or an Illuminations guides for an interactive drive through ‘The Lights’.

Visit Brussels
www.visitbrussels.com
07478 963078

Visit Brussels is the Brussels tourist agency. Its mission is to bolster and spread the image of the Brussels-Capital Region. It aims to put Brussels on the local and international map as the capital of 500 million Europeans, the “world city” where 180 different nationalities mingle, making Brussels a cosmopolitan place with permanent links to the rest of the world.

VisitEngland
www.enjoyengland.com
020 7578 1400

Visit Flanders
www.visitflanders.com
0207 307 7724

Promoting the northern dutch speaking region of Belgium, we promote the historic cities of Bruges, Antwerp, Ghent, Leuven, Mechelen, the Flemish Coast, Ypres and the battlefields and the capital city Brussels. We are here to assist operators and are your first point of contact.

Visit Guildford
www.visitguildford.com
01483 444333

Visit Guildford in the heart of Surrey and find a vibrant town nestled in the Surrey Hills perfect for day trips, long weekends or short breaks. Close to London and the south coast it’s the perfect place from which to explore the whole of South East England. The vibrant market town of Guildford is steeped in history as well as being a popular shopping destination. The surrounding Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is popular with walkers and packed with stately homes and stunning gardens to visit. Art galleries, sculptures parks, theatres and restaurants will entertain you from dawn till dusk.

Visit Herts
www.visitherts.co.uk
01227 812910

Visit Herts is the official tourism service for Hertfordshire, working in partnership with attractions, accommodation and destinations across the county to promote Hertfordshire to local, national and international visitors. The team is dedicated to working with the coach industry to deliver exciting and engaging product ideas, itineraries, contacts and images. From stunning countryside and incredible historic sites, to the picturesque city of St Albans and the magical world of movie stars, the choice is endless.

Visit Isle of Wight
www.visitisleofwight.co.uk
O1983 201048

Destination management organisation for the UK,s holiday Island, the Isle of Wight. Committed to developing and encouraging the coach holiday experience on the Island. New initiatives, products and packages in development and consultation for 2015. Come abroad to the Isle of Wight!

Visit Kent
www.visitkent.co.uk
01227 812910

Kent, the captivating Garden of England has more castles and historic houses than any other county, a thrilling maritime heritage that embraces thousands of years, and a city culture where ancient splendour blends with modern shopping and dining.

Ideally located as a touring base, Kent can be reached easily from London and mainland Europe with regular train and ferry services. Kent is also easily accessible by road and with a number of coach parks, larger vehicles are always welcome.

Easy to reach, easy to explore, Kent offers great practical visitor facilities and accommodation – perfect for group excursions and breaks.

Visit Lincs Coast
www.visitlincscoast.co.uk
01754 611845

The Lincolnshire Coastal Destination Business Improvement District (BID) covers a 22 mile stretch of the diverse Lincolnshire Coast, working with the business community to promote and enhance the area. The BID generates approximately £3 million over a 5 year period. The team are currently working on the companies 4 key strands of work; Branding and marketing of the area, Events, Environmental Enhancements and Business Support. The Company aims to give the area a distinct and strong identity for the Lincolnshire coast which raises the profile of the area and its businesses to customers nationally and further afield.

VisitScotland
www.visitscotlandtraveltrade.com
0131 472 2431

Scotland – a destination steeped in history and heritage, from our magnificent castles built centuries ago set in breathtaking landscape to the lively celebration of our culture today. Your clients will bring with them memories of our famous whisky distliieries, castles, pipers and Scotland’s unique culture. As the national tourism organisation for Scotland, VisitScotland’s trade marketing team can help the travel trade to develop Scotland programmes, and deliver cost effective routes to market and promote your programme.

Visit Stoke
www.visitstoke.co.uk
01782 236084

Stoke-on-Trent is a unique city affectionately known as The Potteries. With its rich cultural heritage it has respectfully claimed the title of World Capital of Ceramics. The city boasts many visitor centres, award winning museums, over 25 pottery factory shops and the exclusive Staffordshire Hoard. Come and visit the Trentham Estate with its Italian Gardens, Shopping Village, Monkey Forest and mile long lake. We are also the closest city to Alton Towers theme park. A day will not be enough ! The city is located less than an hour from Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool and only one and a half hours from London Euston by train.

Visit Stoke is pleased to offer a range of support services to help you when planning your group visit to the City, be it for a day, short stay or longer. Contact us for suggestions and ideas for itineraries/packages and to request your copy of the Stoke-on-Trent Group Guide and Coach Driver Maps.

Visit Wales
www.visitwales.com
0300 061 6094

Wales Best Guides (Wales Official Tourist Guides)
www.walesbestguides.com
07867 786368

Welcome to Wales

Members of Wales Official Tourist Guides Association are the only guides officially recognised by Welsh Government to guide in Wales. All have undergone extensive training, passing both practical and academic guiding examinations.

Many members have the prestigious ‘Blue Badge’ guide qualification, a mark of quality and expertise for over 50 years. Others hold ‘regional’ or ‘site specific’ qualifications.

All relish the chance to share their knowledge, aiming to provide fun and enlightening commentaries. When visiting Wales with a Wales Official Tourist Guide, you could not be in more capable hands.