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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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Tourism officer promotes Millom to new visitors

A TOURISM company has been working with a new officer to help put Millom on the map.

Janice Wilson, of South Copeland Community Interest Company, stepped into post as the area’s new tourism officer on October 1 last year.

South Copeland Tourism Community Interest Company is a group of tourism-related businesses, members of community groups and interested individuals who have come together to facilitate the development of tourism in South Copeland.

Since Mrs Wilson began working for the company she has worked tirelessly to promote South Copeland to new visitors and boost the economy in the area.

Mrs Wilson said: “My experience here so far has been really good. My job involves trying to promote economic growth through a portfolio of projects to increase the number of visitors to South Copeland.”

After starting work, Mrs Wilson created a “What’s On” for Christmas events in the south of the borough in December last year.

She has also made a number of applications for funding for a variety of projects showcasing the region’s links to the First World War, to be timed with the centenary.

After a few setbacks, Mrs Wilson refuses to give up on what she hopes will be one of many boosts to Copeland. One of the major projects Mrs Wilson was involved in was KiteFest 2014.

KiteFest is an annual event that showcases high level performances from some of Europe’s top display teams.

This year was Mrs Wilson’s first KiteFest, and 2,000 visitors attended the event at Wilson Park, in Haverigg, on May 10 and 11.

One of the initiatives launched by Mrs Wilson was the use of local food vendors, to further push the image of South Copeland as a tourist hotspot.

She said: “It was great to be involved in this year’s KiteFest, which is always a good opportunity to attract new people to the area.

“It was a good chance to draw visitors to our local accommodation in this beautiful landscape ”

With KiteFest behind her, Mrs Wilson is now preparing for South Copeland’s next big event, the scarecrow festival, on June 27 and 28. This festival will see Millom and its surrounding towns and villages compete against one another with uniquely designed scarecrows, with this year’s theme being the First World War.

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