St Ives VIC set to welcome it’s 200,000th visitor

St Ives VIC set to welcome it’s 200,000th visitor

Three years on since St Ives Town Council decided to take the bold step to continue running its then named Tourist Information Centre (TIC ) after Cornwall Council in a cost cutting measure cut funding.  After a short closure for refurbishment, the now named Visitor Information Centre (VIC) based in the Guildhall which officially re-opened on the 13th June 2010 is set to greet its 200,000 visitor in the next few weeks.  This figure would probably have been higher if it was not for the main entrance to the Guildhall being restricted for up to two months over the Easter period while Cornwall Council were installing a ramp to accommodate people with mobility difficulties.   Julie Cox – one of the two management team said that visitor numbers were holding up despite the poor summer so far.  Apart from UK visitors,  one of the dominant groups were the Germans who put on their ‘must see ‘ list the Cornish locations of the Lelant born novelist Rosamunde Pilcher who’s filmed novels still receive a cult viewing on German Television – ( and they continue to be made in the county ).  The same goes for the ‘Doc Martin’ TV series also shown on German TV.  Other visitor groups have been from the USA Australia and an increasing number from Northern Europe.  Currently VIC staff are sending out ‘media packs’ which from the response will determine if a brochure (projected print run 10k) is produced for the 2014 season.   ’ St Ives Town Mayor and local Businessman Councillor Colin Nicholls said the recorded footfall through the Centre was heartening but he was disappointed that still many business’s in the town who benefit from ‘the visitor’ were not supporting the VIC.”  They have got to look at the bigger picture, supporting the VIC means you are ensuring the sustainability of  this  vital facility and the prosperity of the town.”.. CS.