Tourist Information Centre Secures Future With New Partnerships
Monday, Jun 29, 2015
Richmond's Tourist Information Centre has finally reopened after joining forces with three of the town's leading organisations.
The TIC, which has been closed since late last year, has now reopened in the town's library on Queen's Road, after securing a partnership between Welcome to Richmond and NYCC Library Services.
Operated by volunteers, the schemes initial launch has been managed by Councillor Stuart Parsons, who believes the new partnership will help not just the information centre, but the library as well: “This new arrangement will hopefully protect the TIC, which is vitally important to our Town's economy and help support our Library which is under pressure from Central Government budget cuts.
“At the moment, we're opening the TIC during library hours, but we hope to encourage more volunteers to to join us so we can eventually extend opening hours and possibly get the Library open on Sundays”
Helping the volunteers to provide the best information to visitors, Richmond Online is the latest organisation to partner in the scheme. Giving full access to its database of accommodation providers, places to eat and drink, and events, Richmond Online founder, Andrew Russell, hopes it will help return the information centre to its former glory.
“It's great that the TIC are able to take advantage of our resources,“ said Mr Russell: “and fantastic to know that all the businesses and events featured on Richmond Online will get further endorsement.
“It was a real shame to see the TIC fall last year, especially in a town that thrives on tourism, so hopefully this will be another step towards a brighter future for the centre and all those involved.”
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