What have tourist information centres ever done for the coach trade?

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Alan Payling meets the tourism professionals at Visit Exeter to find out what they and organisations like them have to offer coach tour operators

Tourism is a very serious matter given the business that visitors can generate when they visit a city, town or resort. When they also come by the coach load, the people driving passengers their way will see the red carpet rolled out and a warm welcome will await them – not to mention lots of helpful information. But coach operators do have to ask. So if they call someone like Debbie Lewis, Marketing Officer at Visit Exeter, and the tourism body for Exeter City Council, then they will have a lot of professional expertise and knowledge at their disposal. Debbie can help operators make their visit to places like Exeter a success and, at a time when everyone will tell you that there is no such thing as a free lunch; this is a service that won’t cost operators a penny. In addition to helping operators and drivers organise a visit to Devon’s capital city, the city’s tourism professionals can also point callers in the direction of the towns worth visiting and the attractions likely to appeal in the surrounding area.

The panoramic view from Exeter Cathedral’s roof. Visit Exeter

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