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Transport takes centre stage at Eden Tourism Summit

Transport takes centre stage at Eden Tourism Summit

The importance of travel to Eden’s multi million pound tourism economy was debated today (18 October 2017) by a range of national and regional experts at a special Tourism Summit being staged in the historic setting of Askham Hall near Penrith.

The one day event attended by around 100 delegates, was organised by Eden District Council’s Tourism Team on behalf of the Eden Tourism Network, brought together regional and national speakers from the world of public transport and tourism to discuss how the region’s tourism and transport sectors can work more closely together to benefit the needs of visitors to the area.

Eden District welcomed 4.77 million visitors in 2016, who generated £309.41 million for the local economy. It is important for the region’s dynamic and pro-active tourism industry that supports 4,283 full time equivalent jobs remains focused on meeting and exceeding visitor expectations.

Key speakers at the Summit’s morning session included:

  • Stephen Smith, General Manager, Carlisle and Lake District Airport
  • Stephen Joseph, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport
  • Richard Nicholls, Head of Research and Forecasting, Visit Britain
  • Helen Tate, Research Manager, Cumbria Tourism
  • Lindsey Bishop, Hotel and Restaurant Inspector, AA

Some of the guest speakers travelled up from London to attend the Summit, including Richard Nicholls – Head of Research and Forecasting at VisitBritain, who said: “It’ was great to be back speaking in such an important area for British tourism. In 2016 inbound visits staying in Cumbria reached a new record of 288,000, with these visitors spending £92 million.”

Following a business to business networking lunch, delegates spent the afternoon discussing ideas and sharing best practice within a range of travel and tourism themed workshops.  A range of high profile organisations have been brought in to facilitate these interactive workshops, including the  Ramblers Association and Sustrans, who jointly hosted a walking and cycling seminar. The Settle Carlisle Railway Development Partnership and Virgin Trains also ran a workshop on rail travel, while Historic England focused their workshop on how heritage is integral to the visitor journey.

Jim Walker, Chair of Eden Tourism Network, said: “The Summit was a brilliant day for businesses attending from throughout Eden and the surrounding area. Now a firm date in the tourism calendar, the Eden Tourism Summit aims to bring the best national and regional presentations right to the doorstep of local businesses so there is no need for long journeys to distant cities to gain the latest briefings on the best ways to improve business performance.”

The event is being hosted by Askham Hall who are delighted to opening their doors to the region’s tourism industry.

Jessica Goodfellow, Eden District Council’s Joint Tourism Manager, said: “I would like to thank the team at Askham Hall for providing us with an excellent venue for the Summit and for all their hard work in helping with the preparations. I would encourage local businesses who have attended the Summit and want to learn more about visitor economy to join the Eden Tourism Network.” 

From trains to planes! All aboard for the Eden Tourism Summit 2017

From trains to planes! All aboard for the Eden Tourism Summit 2017

How visitors travel to Eden District in the future is just one of the key themes of the forthcoming Eden Tourism Summit being held at Askham Hall near Penrith on Wednesday 18 October 2017 from 10am-4pm.

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BBC Antiques Road Trip grapples with Penrith and Eden Museum’s wrestling memorabilia

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The popular BBC TV series Antiques Road Trip, made by STV Productions, visited Penrith and Eden Museum this week, to interview Museum Curator Corinna Leenen about William Jameson (1837-1888), Penrith’s famous Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling champion.  

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New Eden Outdoor Pools leaflet is making a Splash!

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For the first time, a new joint promotional leaflet has been produced to encourage people to come and enjoy a swim in Eden’s outdoor rural pools.

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New sign signals great welcome at Penrith North Lakes railway station

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Visitors to Penrith will get an extra special welcome when they arrive by train over the summer as a brand new welcome sign was unveiled at the town’s railway station this week.  A new "Welcome to Penrith" sign was installed at Penrith North Lakes railway station as a result of a joint initiative between Virgin Trains and Eden District Council’s tourism team which will encourage more people to explore what the town has to offer.  

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Lake District becomes a World Heritage Site

Lake District becomes a World Heritage Site

The Lake District was today (9 July 2017) named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site joining iconic locations such as the Taj Mahal, the Great Barrier Reef and Grand Canyon as a place of international acclaim.

Three key themes underpinned the bid for World Heritage Site status, recognising the Lake District National Park as a cultural landscape of international significance. These include world ranking examples of identity, the dramatic farmed landscape; inspiration, art, literature and love of the place. This in turn sparked the birth of conservation, people fought and invested to look after this special corner of England.

The bid was submitted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and Historic England as the UK’s only submission in 2016.

Locals and visitors across the Lake District are being invited to celebrate the UK’s latest World Heritage Site this weekend by coming together for a Picnic in the Park! Marking the first weekend as a UNESCO World Heritage Site (15 and 16 July) lovers of the Lake District are encouraged to take a trip to their favourite picnic spot, café, garden, fell or iconic lakeside view in the National Park and share their photos using #WeAreTheLakes, which will appear on the World Heritage website.

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Yorkshire Dales Tourist Information Centres experience Eden’s classic welcome

Yorkshire Dales Tourist Information Centres experience Eden’s classic welcome

Cumbria Classic Coaches and Stainmore Railway Company provided a unique taste of heritage transport from a bygone era for a group of Visitor Centre staff from the Yorkshire Dales this week.  

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Landscape journey leads TIC to artist studio’s bus stop

Landscape journey leads TIC to artist studio’s bus stop

A bus stop in the grounds of an Eden Valley artist was the unusual location for Penrith Tourist Information Centre (TIC) this week to launch their latest retail partnership with local artists in the area.  The bus stop looks as though it used to stand on the main street in Tirril located between Penrith and Pooley Bridge.  How it came to land beside the studio of local artist Haydn Morris remains a mystery.

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Indulge in Eden food festival’s free days out

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There’s no tastier time to visit this beautiful part of Cumbria than during the Eden Food and Farming Festival. The festival gets off to a delicious start with the annual Penrith on a Plate food festival day on Saturday 15 July, giving you the chance to try some of the finest foods and beverages lovingly produced in Eden and beyond. 

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Dorothy's Gate offfically unveiled

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A new art installation has been unveiled at Aira Force.  Dorothy’s Gate is one of nine commissioned pieces of art to make up a new heritage trail located on the Ullswater Way.

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Appleby Launch New Visitor Website

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Appleby-in-Westmorland Town Council has launched a new website aimed at visitors to the town.  The website address is www.visitappleby.com. The website was designed and developed by Appleby Community Enterprises (ACE) and funded by a grant from the Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership (Cumbria LEP), administered through Eden District Council.

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