Islands’ Partnership Has ‘No Interest Whatsoever’ In Taking On TIC’s Building

The Schiller Shelter at Porthcressa

The Schiller Shelter at Porthcressa

The Islands’ Partnership has ‘no interest whatsoever’ in taking over the Schiller Shelter.

Chairman Chris Gregory has made the tourism body’s position clear after islanders’ voiced concern following the Council’s announcement that it is taking legal advice on what to do with the TIC.

The Council wants to give up all of its tourism duties.

Chris recognises that the centre as important to visitors but he says it is expensive to run so the IP board is researching “all the practical options.”

In his report to the Planning Committee, Council Economic Development Officer Julian Pearce said the TIC provided a ”valuable service to existing and potential visitors”.

But the Council says its usage is down.

The extreme winter weather may explain why the combined number of personal, phone or email enquiries fell by 48% this February, compared to the previous year.

In March there was a 54% decrease and 1,085 contacts were made compared with 2,367 in 2013.

Numbers were down 29% in May too, but enquiry levels climbed back up this June with just a 1.5% drop on June 2013 figures.

This June there were 8,977 interactions and the vast majority, 8,024, came from people calling into the Schiller Shelter.