Sherwood & the Dukeries Tourism Group
Notes from meeting Tuesday 19th July 2005
Kate & Ellen Mettam
28 people attended the meeting
Paul Wyman is the new owner of the Tuxford Windmill and he was asked to attend the meeting and give a brief overview of his attraction. His talk was very interesting and stimulated many questions. The windmill is open every day (except Tuesdays) and is operational subject to wind conditions. There will be an official opening day on 19th August at 12.30 p.m. so please go along and support him if you can. Advertising flyers are available from Paul on 01777 871202.
We will try to make this a regular feature at meetings. Anybody with an attraction that they would be prepared to talk about for 10 minutes please contact the chairman.
of Worksop TIC.
It was brought to the attention of the meeting that the Tourist Information Centre at Worksop is due to close. The centre is still operated by Bassetlaw District Council and no budgetary provision has been made for it in the next financial year.
It was evident from the discussion that followed; there is great concern amongst the members that closure will be very damaging to local tourism.
The Chairman was asked to write to B.D.C. on behalf of the Group, to express our feelings and ask that the decision be urgently reviewed.
It would help strengthen our argument if all members affected by the closure could e-mail their concern to firstname.lastname@example.org
Rachel Stewart and Helen
Sissons attended the meeting and addressed some of the issues
that had been raised by members. The main topics discussed were:
No noticeable increase
in business through subscription to Experience Nottinghamshire.
Internet searches for
“accommodation - Nottinghamshire” or any similar
combination, did not bring up the Experience Nottinghamshire web
The membership fee for
small businesses, particularly B&B operators, was too high
and disproportionate to any additional business attracted.
A perceived shortage of
tourist business so far this year. (although business bookings
were acknowledged to be holding up)
of the Robin Hood name.
Promotion of “short break” holidays does not help the self-catering sector.
Following a very lively discussion on these issues, Rachel thanked the members for their feedback and undertook to relay our comments and concerns to the rest of the senior team.
Chris Daniels gave an
update on the position with the Group’s web site.
The site is now up and running and can be accessed on www.robinhoodtourism.co.uk
With the Robin Hood reference in the title and Chris’s ability to give the site a high profile to search engines, we should all be able to benefit as the site develops.
Robin Hood will be the predominant theme on the site, as this seems to be a key factor to the majority of our members.
To have your business included in the web site listings please send as much detail as possible, including pictures to Chris at: email@example.com
Also include your own web site address if applicable as links
can be established.
In addition to
publicising the Group and its members, the web site can be used
as a communication vehicle between members. Minutes of meetings,
notices etc. will be posted on the site in a member’s only
Any contributions to the site in the form of articles , forthcoming events, items of interest to potential visitors to the area would be welcomed.
To enable us to maintain a register of members and ensure that the Group covers its costs, we will shortly add a registration document to the web site that can be printed off and posted to the Treasurer with the registration fee. This will be a nominal sum.
Date of Next Meeting
7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 20th September. Venue: The Chequers Inn, Ranby, nr. Retford
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