Islands Represented At Royal Cornwall Show

Two stands will be representing the islands at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show, starting next Thursday.

Both the Isles of Scilly AONB and the Tourism Partnership will be attending the show, which gets over 100,000 visitors over the 3 days of opening.

Rebecca Steggles and Claire Lewis from the AONB will be joining with Cornwall and Tamar AONB colleagues on a single stand.

Rebecca says joining together is a good way to attract the attention of tourists. The Blue Sail report highlighted the South West region as one to target for visitors to the islands and the show attracts a high number of locals, as well as visitors who may want to know more about Scilly.

She says they’ll also be showcasing their Honeybee Health Project.

A second stand is being operated jointly by the Steamship Company and the new Tourism Partnership.

Julian Pearce from the TIC said this was booked originally by Island Marketing but the Partnership took up the reigns after that organisation wound up earlier this month.

He said there will be a mix of Steamship Company staff and people from Mercury PR manning the stand, which has been revamped with a new image of St Agnes.

Julian says the show is very popular and they’ll be looking to attract day-trippers who visit Cornwall but haven’t yet made it to Scilly. He says they’ll also use it to build their database as well as get informal feedback from people.

They’re particularly interested in the “always wanted to go there” types, who know of the islands but need information to help putting together a trip.

And Julian says they will be liaising with the AONB staff to have similar material on both stands. He says this is a good way to build the green credentials of Scilly, something which is becoming increasingly important for tourists.