Islands investment welcomed


The newly-formed Island Tourism Business Partnership has welcomed the investment programmes aimed at improving transport links to and from the Isles of Scilly.

Island Tourism and Business Partnership chairman Chis Gregory

Despite the impending demise of the heli-link, chairman of the partnership, Chris Gregory, has hailed the investments being made to improve the travel infrastructure.

Among the measures are a raft of projects taking place at Lands End Airport and the refurbishment of the Scillonian III.

On the Islands, a £4.5 million improvement plan for St Marys Airport is being progressed while it has just been announced that the Government has given the green light for a formal bid of £8 million of Government and European funding for the development of the quay on St Marys.

Gregory said: “As a key tourism destination we are delighted that there are millions of pounds worth of significant investments being made in the Islands travel infrastructure both in readiness for the start of the 2013 season and also across the medium and long term – all of which are aimed at improving the facilities and therefore the experience of the traveler.

“Getting to the Islands is such a fundamental part of the visitor experience and people love the fact that there are no long check in lines, massive baggage halls and that there is a seamless and quick transition once they have arrived on the Islands. It is part of the unique Scilly experience.”