VisitCornwall seeking TIC solution

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Following the recent closure of the Tourist Information Centres (TIC) in Falmouth and Penzance, VisitCornwall is putting out a “last call” to businesses and organisations who may be interested in providing tourist information in these towns.

Last year VisitCornwall supported the transfer of Newquay Tourist Information Centre to Newquay Town Council’s ownership and St Ives Tourist Information Centre will soon re-open under a different operating model, also led by the St Ives Town Council.

The Tourist Information Centres in both Falmouth and Penzance have now closed as a result of review of the tourism service and the level of public funding for the various aspects of tourism marketing and development.

However, VisitCornwall believes that the tourist information service in the two towns could instead be provided using a different business model.

Tourism chief Malcolm Bell explained: “Tourist information provision across Cornwall is provided in a number of ways. We have private enterprises, tourism associations, and town councils providing a very successful service in key resorts such as Bude, Padstow, Fowey, and the more recent successes in Newquay and St Ives.

“Like many local businesses, we have a strong desire to see services resume and would like to forge relationships with genuinely interested parties who can present a viable long term solution to help ensure this happens.”

Interested parties are advised to get in touch /submit an expression of interest to Emma Rojano at VisitCornwall by June 18.