21/05/2015 - Permalink

Expressions of interest to be invited in providing visitor information for the Oswestry area

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Shropshire Council will shortly be inviting groups and organisations to express an interest in providing visitor information for the Oswestry, borderlands and wider north Shropshire area – as part of the council’s commissioning approach to services.

Shropshire Council currently provides a visitor information centre at Mile End, Oswestry, which was established over 25 years ago as the site offers a strategic gateway location for both Shropshire and Wales.

The centre attracts about 27,000 visitors per year as well as handling telephone and email enquiries. It complements the Tourist Information Centre in Oswestry’s town Heritage Centre which is run by Oswestry Borderland Tourism.

Tina Woodward, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member for visitor economy, said:

“In commissioning visitor information services, Shropshire Council will be looking for quality and breadth of provision with the aim of attracting and retaining visitors over a wide area of Shropshire. We will be consulting with stakeholders on the options and priorities.”

Invitations for expressions of interest are being prepared, and more information will be available on Shropshire Council’s website by the end of May 2015.

In the meantime, anyone with a potential interest as a stakeholder or a prospective provider of the visitor information service may contact Alison Patrick at alison.patrick@shropshire.gov.uk to be placed on the contact list for consultation, or invitations for Expressions of Interest.