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Visitor Information Centre in Falmouth to Reopen

Falmouth Town Council, Visit Cornwall and Cornwall Council are delighted to announce the future of tourist Information in Falmouth looks to have been secured. It is planned that a new Visitor Information Centre will operate from the previous TIC offices on Prince of Wales Pier, on Monday 1st August, with a new style of service operated by Cornwall Ferries Ltd.

Following the recent closure of the Tourist Information Centre in Falmouth on the 4th May 2011, Visit Cornwall, the tourism service of the Cornwall Development Company sought expressions of interest from businesses, associations and organisations who would be interested in providing Tourist Information in Falmouth.

Expressions of interest were received from interested parties and an appraisal process was undertaken involving key partners, Cornwall Council, Falmouth Town Council, Falmouth BID, Falmouth District Hotel Association and professional advice from external financial consultants. Detailed final negotiations have been completed and contracts are being finalised to ensure a successful and viable long term service for visitors to the town is provided.

Chris Ridgers, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Economy and Regeneration explains “The Tourist Information Centre has always been popular with visitors and provides a valuable asset to the local business community so it’s excellent news that the reopening has taken place so quickly”.

Councillor Dr D.A. Sterratt, Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee at Falmouth Town Council comments “The Council is very pleased to support the proposal that sees the reopening of the Falmouth tourist information centre. It hopes that this will be a viable and long term service to assist Falmouth’s visitors and complement other Town initiatives but with less reliance upon the public purse”.

Tim Smithies the Chairman of Cornwall Ferries Ltd explains “The Company is looking forward to working with all businesses, organisations and individuals who welcome visitors to Falmouth, Penryn and the wider area. Our management team has experience of developing strong partnerships and it is in this spirit that we will approach the Fal River Visitor Centre focusing on ensuring that we get more visitors to the area in order that the visitor economy can deliver to its full potential for Cornwall’s economy”.

July 2011