Scilly Represented At Outdoors Show

scilly outdoor exhibition 2Our islands have been represented at the popular Outdoors Show at London’s Excel arena over the weekend and tourism officer, Sophie Hughes, says it’s been a great chance to discuss transport issues with potential visitors.

Sophie felt they’ve underestimated the awareness that residents of the South East had of the helicopter service. She says many people were unaware of the alternatives, such as the Exeter and Newquay routes, and the boat from Penzance.

Skybus have dropped Southampton and Bristol flights this summer, to allow aircraft to be concentrated on their remaining routes in the South West.

Sophie says the show, which ran from Thursday to Sunday, was ‘packed’ and the Isles of Scilly stand was one of the busiest in the hall. Because of the theme of the show, they had a lot of enquiries from people looking for active holidays involving cycling, swimming and kayaking.

The exhibition is run alongside the annual Boat Show, which means they also had keen interest from sailors and were able to hand out the tailored guide produced by St Mary’s harbourmaster, Dale Clark.

Sophie says you could “smell the stand before you could see it” because of the quantities of free local flowers and fudge that were being hand out!

Many people seem to have a real affinity with the islands, says Sophie, and the hard work will now be to encourage those people to come back, or visit for the first time.

Visit Cornwall did not have a representative at this year’s show, although Truro and Penwith College had a presence.