Meeting to boost group tourism in Peak District

Groups Welcome! That’s the message from tourism bosses and attractions in north east Derbyshire, who have joined forces to show group tour and visit organisers the huge range of opportunities the area – and the wider Peak District - have to offer.

Official tourist board Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, Renishaw Hall & Gardens and Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre have teamed up to organise an informal Groups Welcome Day at the Hall, near Chesterfield, on Thursday 29th March.

Up to 80 places are available for fact-finding sessions to promote the appeal of Renishaw Hall & Gardens, other leading attractions – both in the area and beyond, and the busy market town of Chesterfield to the competitive group market.

The informative day will start with presentations by David Thornton, head of marketing and deputy chief executive of Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, and Alexandra Sitwell, owner of Renishaw Hall & Gardens.

A short tour of the Hall & Gardens will be followed by lunch and networking – including up to 15 spaces for local attractions to market their assets, followed by an afternoon visit to Chesterfield, which will include the town’s bustling Thursday flea market, coach parking facilities and afternoon tea at the Pomegranate Theatre.

“This is an ideal chance for tour and group visit organisers across the country to find out about the wide variety of options that both Renishaw Hall & Gardens and other attractions in our area can offer to anyone organising group tours and visits,” said David Thornton.

“It’s also a brilliant opportunity for other attractions to book a stand and make group tour and visit organisers aware of what’s coming up throughout 2012 – which promises to be a bumper year for tourism thanks to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London Olympics – and beyond.

“I’d advise anyone who wants to get involved to book as soon as possible to make sure they don’t miss out.”

Added Alexandra Sitwell: “We are delighted to host tour and group organisers here to Renishaw Hall & Gardens to show just what we have to offer for a great day out. We have a fantastic year of events planned, not least to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee, and hope that from this Welcome Day, groups will choose to visit my home and enjoy its grounds, tours and exhibitions.”

Tour organisers keen to attend should contact Abbie Polkey, administration assistant at Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, on 01246 212924 or at abigail.polkey@visitpeakdistrict.com by Tuesday 20th March to reserve a place.

Spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis, with a maximum of 80 available. Attractions interested in attending should contact Rachael Allen, tourism marketing assistant at Chesterfield Tourist Information Centre, on 01246 345774 or at rachael.allen@chesterfield.gov.uk.