The Isle of Wight in the U.K. first tourist information point was opened on Thursday. James Berresford, chief executive of Visit England officially opened the new center.
Susan and Paul de Vere are hosting the new center at Vernon Cottage, in Shanklin Old Village — a move which could signal a way of replacing the tourist information center network closed by the Isle of Wight Council in 2011.
David Thornton chief executive of tourism organization Visit Isle of Wight told the County Press: “It’s about putting information where visitors are, rather than expecting visitors to go and find the information.”
The project, revealed by the County Press last week, was welcomed at Shanklin Town Council last Thursday, where councilors agreed to contribute £1,500 towards it.
Mrs. De Vere said: “We believe this is the ideal solution to providing tourist information.
“This venture is a great example of private enterprise stepping up to the plate, with the support of public bodies, to fulfil a local need for both tourists and businesses alike.
“A tourist information point is an essential part of encouraging and helping visitors to enjoy the many delights of Shanklin and other Island attractions so boosting visitor satisfaction and visitor numbers.”
Similar set ups are already being looked into in Newport, Ventnor and Ryde.