Islands’ Partnership Meeting On St Martin’s

Higher Town on St Martin's

Higher Town on St Martin’s

The Islands’ Partnership, the replacement for Island Tourism and Island Marketing, will be meeting residents on St Martin’s this evening.

It’s the third visit to an off-island and organisers say it’s been arranged to promote an understanding of what the group’s aims and objectives are.

Manager, Amanda Pender, says people have been asking who the Partnership are and what they’re trying to achieve. She says it’s important for people to realise that they’re a membership organisation, which will stand or fall on its members.

Amanda says they’re meeting with businesses on each island and letting them know about the marketing campaigns they’re running.

They’ve already had sessions on Bryher and St Agnes.

Some islanders and members of the Partnership itself have been critical over the amount of   external marketing it is undertaking to promote Scilly and some people feel their strategy lacks dynamism and vision.

They say the Partnership is spending too much time on meetings in Scilly and not enough effort in getting visitors over.

Amanda says there has been a huge amount of action and they’ve been busy ‘doing’ rather than talking about it, including 78 different press releases in the last 12 weeks.

But she adds it’s a two way street and the organisation want to hear about people’s concerns and come up with some solutions.

The meeting starts at 6pm in the Reading Room.

6 Responses to Islands’ Partnership Meeting On St Martin’s

  1. St Martin's resident April 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks Steve, that is the message we’re trying to get out there. It’s too easy to be negative – people should be aware we still have lovely cafes and restaurants for lunches and evening meals, the bakery, the shop, the vineyard, galleries and the most beautiful beaches and views. It’s heavenly here today!

  2. Alison April 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Steve, you have a strange idea about tourists! We have visited St Martins several times and we have always set off with most other trippers to explore the island. Walking along the beaches is certainly a highlight. However, part of the enjoyment of the day has also been having lunch outside the Sevenstones and looking at the beautiful view along with many other holidaymakers or having a coffee in the grounds of the hotel while waiting for the boat. Not many tourists that I have seen have spent the day at the end of the bar!!

  3. steveatt April 26, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    i’d vote for a beach bar!

  4. Steve April 26, 2013 at 11:24 am

    The closure of the 2 establishments are unfortunate however there are still other very good eateries and of course the shop and bakery available for visitors to the island. St Martins is all about the scenery and beautiful beaches it has to offer. If I was there for only the day the last thing I’d want to do is sit inside or at the end of the bar for the day and miss out on seeing one of the best rated beaches in the country.

  5. Bobby Bobbs April 24, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    I’m sorry but all of this island partnership tourism, island marketing etc… nonsense is just the councils way of pretending how to repair St. Martin’s damaged tourist industry! I can understand why people are asking who they are and what they do, because I bet they wouldn’t be able to give you a clear cut answer either. Instead, they will reel off some catch words which, again, are usually meaningless drivel and will probably confuse the people more whom are asking these questions!

    It is pretty clear what needs to be done but, as always, lack of money and high rates are preventing businesses like the Sevenstones and the hotel from operating. These are private businesses which unfortunately cannot be brought back to life by the council hosting these meetings. All they need is someone capable of running these two establishments whom has the funds and business knowledge to make them succeed. As a temporary measure, why can’t the bar/restaurant area of the hotel be open for the season to provide light snacks, drinks, shelter and toilets?

  6. Bob F April 24, 2013 at 11:18 am

    The interesting question, with both the pub and hotel closed this year, is who is going to have the entrepreneurial ‘nous’ , to get either a barn or temporary marquee an alcohol license for the summer. With a supply of real ale and a few packets of peanuts there’s the opportunity for someone to make a killing.