This is a very busy time of year for accommodation providers with lots of enquiries coming in and new bookings made. However its worth taking time out to visit one of the forthcoming tourism fairs. These are usually organised by the local council or trade organisations and are aimed at holiday cottage, B&B and hotel owners. These events showcase local attractions and support services to the tourism industry. Very simply, they give you an opportunity to learn about what else is going on in your area and who is providing services that might be attractive to you and your guests. Whether its to pick up new leaflets for your guests, to meet other local business owners or just for a good day out, they are certainly worth a visit.
Here are some of the events taking place in our regions:
North Yorkshire Literature Exchange , Thirsk Auction Mart, Blakey Lane, Thirsk, North Yorkshire. YO7 3AB 11am –2pm
North East Tourism Day, Centre for Sport, Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne. NE4 9GL 11am -1pm
North Tourism Fair at Willowburn Sports and Leisure Centre, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 2JH 10am -2.30pm.
North Pennines AONB Partnership Leaflet Swap. Alston Town Hall , Front Street Alston, Cumbria CA9 3RF 2pm-4pm.
Durham City Tourist day – to be confirmed.
VisitScotland and Scottish Borders Tourism Partnership are doing things a little differently this year and will be hosting a series of informal Information Exchange Events across the Scottish Borders in March. Dates are as follows:
Jedburgh VisitScotland Information Centre, 12 - 2pm
Hawick VisitScotland Information Centre, 12 - 2pm
Peebles VisitScotland Information Centre, 5 - 7pm
I will have a stand at both the Alnwick and North Pennines events and I’d love to see you there.