EFCO Meeting and home to hear the ‘Brown Sign’ debate again!
I have been away for a few days which included a visit to Dunkirk, Ypres and Brugge on the way to an EFCO meeting in Maastricht.
A very successful meeting with many of the normal issues – Working Time Directive, VAT, Package Travel Directive – plus two enlightening presentations on importance of european tourism to economic recovery and a very interesting idea from Holland on workshops on improving productivity on holiday parks. As usual lots of ideas and work!!
We visited a new tourism attraction near Maastricht which involves cycling through caves which highlighted the need to encourage new initiatives for visitor experiences www.aspadventure.nl/cave-biking.php – a short break from our meeting and a quick 5km cycle around dark caves tested my fitness
We returned to the parks in time to join the team in finalising the extension to the toilet facilities at Highlands End and the launch of our new websites – we now have a website for each park together with www.wdlh.co.uk which should make it easier for customers to find us.
On Tuesday evening I attended a meeting about the continuing debate between the local communites on the Dorset Coast Road and the County Council who appear to wish to deter visitors from driving along one of the most scenic 20 miles of coast road in the UK.
Signage has been changed to encourage drivers to go inland and not use the road and although road safety is given as one of the reasons, tourism businesses cannot understand why this decision was taken – look at this video to see what visitors to Dorset may be missing.
Unfortunately, I find it hard to get enthusiastic about making the case for brown tourism signs after 25 years of the negative responses from Dorset County Council when I see such excellent signage in Devon
‘Broadchurch’ has boosted tourism interest
Jurassic Cliffs at West Bay
Thursday 7th March I attended the Bridport District Tourism Associations Social Evening. It was a great opportunity for members and prospective members to get together and network. The BDTA Tourism Award for 2012 was presented to Shaun Fox, Chairman of Bridport Carnival committee who had been nominated by the BDTA members for his efforts and contributions towards the tourism industry in the Bridport area throughout the year. In his acceptance speech Shaun praised the work of his committee who in many respects shared the award.
I attended an interesting meeting of local residents and businesses at West Bay about the road enhancements which have proved to be controversial and once again demonstrated the difficulties of consultation over projects and public sector understanding the impact of decisions on businesses and people.
The Exeter Show was very successful last weekend with a wide selection of Motor Caravans and Caravan Holiday Homes available for potential customers to view and discuss.
Monday 4th March was the first episode of ‘Broadchurch’ on ITV. It has been quite exciting to look at the scenery and try to recognise the local areas that scenes have been filmed in. We are a little unsure on the ‘Dorset’ accents! But I guess this is because we’re the real locals and are a bit critical.
The second episode was on Monday 11th March and the storyline is now really starting to unfold, in the office we’re already discussing who we think is the murderer! Most importantly for us at West Dorset Leisure Holidays, is the day after the first episode the booking lines were ringing and it seems to be generating a lot of interest about the area, this is of course good news for us and the other surrounding businesses and we hope 2013 will see more visitors to Dorset than 2012.
2013 Season Opening Offer
For the weeks beginning the 16th and 23rd March 2013 we’re opening the holiday parks with a GREAT special OFFER!!
Visit the picturesque area where ITV filmed the new programme ‘Broadchurch’ starring David Tennant.
7 night breaks for just £200 in our premier 2 bed caravans at Highlands End and Golden Cap or £220 in our premier plus 2 bed caravans at Golden Cap.
Dogs are welcome in certain premier caravans*
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