Tourism Partnership Praises Transport Investments

Cris Gregory, Chair of the Island Tourism Business Partnership

The Chair of the fledgling Island Tourism Business Partnership has praised the investments being made in the islands’ transport infrastructure.

Chris Gregory said he was ‘delighted’ at the plans to improve the quay and airport on St Mary’s as well as the Steamship Company’s significant investment at Land’s End airport.

A £4.5 million improvement plan for St Mary’s Airport is currently being progressed by the Council and the Government recently announced that it has given the green light for a formal bid for £8 million of funding for the development of the quay.

At Land’s End, a brand new, purpose built terminal building with new baggage handling facility, air traffic control and upgraded car parks are being created for opening in March, coinciding with the return to operation of the newly refurbished Scillonian III.

Chris says the significant investments being made to improve travel infrastructure both on and off the islands are part of a focused programme to improve the visitor experience.

He said, “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.

Skybus recently announced that they would be holding prices at 2012 levels and withdrawing from the Bristol and Southampton routes to concentrate on their Exeter service. They said the average price from Exeter will be lower than in 2012 due to the expected increased popularity of this route.



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