New look tourist information centre to be launched in Honiton

PUBLISHED: 11:35 09 February 2016

St Paul's Church, Honiton.

St Paul's Church, Honiton.

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Honiton Tourist Information Centre Ltd ceased trading at the close of business on Saturday (February 6) - explaining why the centre, in Lace Walk car park, has not been open since Monday morning.

A new-look tourist information centre ‘fit for the 21st century’ will be launched in Honiton after the company running the town’s current centre stopped trading after more than 17 years of operation.

Honiton Tourist Information Centre Ltd ceased trading at the close of business on Saturday (February 6) - explaining why the centre, in Lace Walk car park, has not been open since Monday morning.

The news comes after Honiton Town Council (HTC) revealed that the current business model adopted by Honiton Tourist Information Centre Ltd is ‘no longer viable’. The council says this is because of a change in the nature of trade and the growth of internet businesses.

In a statement, HTC said: “The Honiton TIC Ltd Company has been funded mainly from trading income and a grant from HTC and partly from a donation from the [Honiton] Chamber of Commerce. Additional assistance and contribution has also been given by EDDC [East Devon District Council] by allowing the company to use the building at a peppercorn rent and our thanks go to each for their help and contributions.”

HTC added that it will be consulting with ‘relevant parties’ in order to relaunch a ‘new model tourist information centre’ which would be ‘fit for the 21st century’.

Colin Wright, chairman of Honiton and District Chamber of Commerce, said: “Honiton has had a tourist information centre presence in the town for the last 30 years and it would be a shame to see this facility withdrawn. I understand that the principle is that there will still be an information centre of some description in the town and we await for clarity from the new committee about any ongoing details in the near future.

“Honiton’s tourist information centre has been an important facility to the community for many years, so it is important that this new venture caters for visitors and residents alike.”

“We wish the new model every success.”

Honiton’s tourist information centre was purpose-built by East Devon District Council, but funding was later withdrawn.

Since then, directors of the company, and staff, have worked steadily to maintain the service and keep the business viable, with the help of HTC and the chamber of commerce.


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