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Dear North Devon Businesses,
I am writing to you as Trevor Stanbury, the Tourism representative Director on the Board of North Devon+. For the sake of clarity, I was the founder and Director of the North Devon Marketing Bureau which later became part of North Devon+.

Sadly, I have to inform you that our two District Councils have withdrawn their funding from Tourism marketing.  As you will be well aware it is essential that North Devon is able to compete both nationally and internationally in tourism. The marketing of the region not only helps to fill the beds but the vast secondary spend by people on holiday supports the Attractions, Restaurants and also the high streets of our towns and villages along with the many other ancillary businesses as well.

I have been in discussion with the original directors of the North Devon Marketing Bureau to try and find a way out of the predicament that we now find ourselves in. Firstly, identifying the things which we believe are the most critical to safeguard and maintain our market share in a very competitive market place and have decided to call an emergency conference on the 24th September at 11 am at the Queens Theatre in Barnstaple with one main item on the agenda: ‘Do you want a marketing campaign for North Devon?’ We anticipate being finished before lunch time! I hope that by working together we will be able to find a solution. THE FUTURE OF YOUR BUSINESS DEPENDS ON IT - PLEASE COME.
You will see from the North Devon Journal that several of our main wholesalers and shopping outlets are already supporting this new initiative.
Rudi Lancaster, owner of the Woolacombe Bay Holiday Parks is in full support of this initiative and shares my concern about the impact a withdrawal of council funding will have on all businesses in North Devon: ‘As an ex Board member of the North Devon Marketing Bureau I believe it’s imperative that we all pull together at this point in time.’
Peter Brend, of The Brend Group is also supporting this plan: ‘The tourism industry is extremely important to the North Devon economy and we must find a way to support it in 2015.’
Wednesday 24th September at the Queen’s Theatre in Barnstaple. To register please CLICK HERE.
(Registration from 10.00am, conference start 11.00am)

If you cannot attend the conference but would like to provide comments please CLICK HERE.
It is vitally important that we maintain our presence in the national and international market places.
My mobile phone number is listed below for anyone who would like to speak to me.
Yours sincerely
Trevor Stanbury MBE
The Milky Way Adventure Park
Clovelly, Bideford, North Devon, EX39 5RY
Mob -  07977 509053
Tel - 01237 431255
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