IP WINS NEW 'CULTURAL TOURISM' GRANT
The Islands' Partnership has been awarded a grant of £164,000 to promote Scilly's 'cultural tourism'.
The IP made a successful bid to Arts Council England’s national Cultural Destinations fund, which aims to "enable arts and culture organisations working in partnership with destination organisations to increase their reach, engagement and resilience through working with the tourism sector".
The money will be spent on a two-year project led by the IP, which will work alongside a local consortium of the islands’ artistic and cultural communities, including the museum and library.
According to the IP, the project "aims to bring to life Scilly’s rich and distinctive cultural heritage offer to attract new visitors to the islands".
New initiatives will include immersive discovery trails utilising Scilly's 4G and Superfast technology. There will also be events and cultural short break packages to help identify new audiences.
It is hoped that the project, to start in April, will help to stimulate new business growth and provide a "much needed boost to the islands’ visitor economy".
Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said of the news: “This is a fantastic result for the Isles of Scilly’s cultural, destination and tourism organisations. The investment will help position culture as a significant part of the visitor offer, helping to drive growth of the visitor economy and allowing more people to experience arts and culture.”
This award comes hot on the heels of a £21,750 award from DEFRA, as part of their Great British Food Campaign, which was announced in December, and, along with the £202,750 received from the Coastal Communities Fund in January 2015, brings the total amount of external funding to the Partnership to over £387,000 in the past two years.