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 451734

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.

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.

Discover Durham
www.discoverdurham.co.uk
07963 955280

Only a few hours from London, Durham offers the essence of England. With a World Heritage Site, ancient castles, outstanding art, award-winning museums, great shopping and breathtaking natural beauty Durham is the perfect destination for groups. If your tours are looking for a unique experience then Durham has everything that you need.

Discover Durham offers a dedicated complimentary service which includes:

A first point of call for help and advice on visiting Durham
Information on attractions, accommodation and venues
Itinerary ideas and suggestions for unique group tours
Practical advice and tips
Help in finding that unique experience for you

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.

Isle of Man Tourism
www.visitisleofman.com
01624 686888

The Isle of Man is the ideal destination for a Group Holiday with a host of things to see and do the Isle of Man should be included on all Coach Operators itineraries. Isle of Man Tourism are happy to assist with suggested itineraries and to provide advice and assistance where necessary.

Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate
www.visitthanet.co.uk
01843 577637

The seaside resorts of Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate, situated on the north-eastern coast of Kent, just 75 miles from London, each with their own character deliver great-value, quality attractions and first-class facilities for the group travel trade.

Where else can you find award winning sandy beaches and bays, the only Royal harbour in the country – Ramsgate, world-class art, the UK’s original pleasure park – Dreamland and an area rich in history and heritage with links to – writer Charles Dickens, architect Augustus Pugin and artist JMW Turner. Mix in an exciting events calendar and new developments

Marketing Cheshire
www.visitchester.com
01244 405600

Marketing Cheshire is the Destination Management Organisation for Cheshire. We provide a variety of marketing services targeting both leisure and trade visitors.

Marketing Gloucester Ltd
www.thecityofgloucester.co.uk
01452 207020

Marketing Gloucester are responsible for the tourism literature for the city, encouraging visitors and businesses to invest and also deliver high profile events for the city such as the award winning Tall Ships Festival and the new History Festival.

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.

Nord tourism (France)
www.tourisme-nord.com
0033674193945

Happy to help operators to advice and organize a trip to Northern France including Lille vibrant city, the coastline alone Dunkirk, the Flemish countryside and battlefields tours such as the battle of Fromelles, Cambrai or the last resting place of Wilfred Owen. All the ingredients of an authentic French fix are right here at your doorstep in Le Nord, just a short ferry ride. First stop is always a cafe terrace on Lille’s fabulous Grand’Place where you can soak up the atmosphere of those flamboyant Flemish facades and absorb the buzz of a vibrant city that welcomes visitors with open arms. Dunkerque is a surprisingly family-friendly town with some inspirational attractions that include harbour tours by boat, an excellent maritime museum, and a remembrance museum to Operation Dynamo. Tour the countryside around Cambrai and it’s hard to imagine the fierce fighting that took place here in 1917, the first time British tanks were used in significant numbers. A year later, war poet Wilfred Owen wrote his last letter home from a forest retreat at nearby Ors. But nearly a century on, modern Cambrai is an upbeat and elegant town that oozes history from every stone. Here you keep finding something completely unexpected. Like the Gayant family from Douai, a town once famous for its cloth trade. This outsized family of carnival characters are the stars of the annual Festival of Giants, a riot of music and merrymaking. Believe it or not, Northern France is the world’s No 1 producer of chicory and proud of it! Try bread made to local recipes with a choice of more than 60 cheeses, the speciality being Maroilles, awarded AOC quality status. . The Monts de Flandre is just a boule’s bounce from Lille, Calais and Dunkerque, but delightfully unspoilt and largely undiscovered by British visitors. Have a soft spot for the hilltop town of Cassel with its Flemish architecture, historic windmill and friendly restaurants. French Flanders is steeped in tradition from estaminets, local restaurants where discussions become animated with unparalleled wamrth, to micro-breweries. Take it easy !

Southern Wales Tourism
www.visitsouthernwales.org
01656 815335

Southern Wales Tourism are here to assist all sectors of the travel trade including group organisers, coach companies, travel agents, tour operators and media representatives. If you’re looking to bring your clients to Southern Wales we’d love to hear from you. Working closely with Visit Wales we are here to help you in planning your tour to South East Wales. Providing free, impartial advice we can suggest places to stay, what to see and where to go. We can also provide information on tour guides, travelling to the area, as well as putting together tailored sample itineraries according to your clients’ requirements.

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.

Tourism South East
www.visitsoutheastengland.com
02380 625409

The group travel team is a department dedicated to working with coach and tour operators via exhibitions and regular communications to ensure they are aware of everything South East England has to offer to group visitors.

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’.

VisitEngland
www.enjoyengland.com
020 7578 1400

Visit Flanders
www.visitflanders.com
020 7307 7733

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 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.

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.

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.