About the Anglesey Tourism Association
Who is the Isle of Anglesey Tourism Association and what can we do for your business?
Below are some of the answers to those questions. Do contact us if you would like more information or would like to become a member.
Summary of our recent activities
Over the summers since 2013 we attended a number of shows, including the Cheshire Show, Anglesey Show and the Menai Bridge Seafood Festival. These were all a BIG success. Being at the shows means we can talk personally to people, promoting member businesses and telling them how great Anglesey is as somewhere to visit. As owner operators we all know there is definitely a great advantage in the more individual approach we are able to take with interested people. Attending these shows on your behalf will continue to be an important part of what we do.
We have heard back from a number of businesses that they have gained business from these shows as guests have said that they saw the ATA stand at the show and picked up the information there.
We meet with the Leaders and Officers of the Isle of Anglesey County Council on a regular basis, and are represented on the Board of DAP. The council are invited to join part of our directors’ meetings. With the council we have contributed to a tourism brochure which is an "in destination print" brochure, aiming to show people what they can do, where they can go and where to eat. No accommodation is listed in the brochure, but there are pages advertising our Discover Anglesey – www.discoveranglesey.com website for people to find accommodation.
We continue to grow in numbers which is really fantastic. Our membership annual fee is £65 – only a little over £5 per month, excellent value
The benefits of being an ATA Member :
- Website Page - Members each have their own page which they can update and upload photos to at any time they wish – keeping their guests up to date with their activities. The site has 2000 hits per week in the summer and this number will hopefully continue to improve as the site continues to develop.
- Information leaflet - we have produced an information leaflet which lists contact details of all our members. On the reverse side is a great map of the Island which highlights beaches, attractions, restaurants and lots, lots more. This has proved extremely popular, especially as the County Council have decided against printed versions of this type of detail.
- Shows - We represent the Island and our member businesses at some of the major shows. Exhibiting as an individual business is prohibitively expensive and time consuming.
- Twitter/Facebook - Events, promotions, last minute availability are promoted all over the social media.
- E-mails - We regularly send out emails to members publishing events, news etc.
- Meetings - We are on the invitation list for meetings with Tourism related departments such as North Wales Tourism, Visit Wales, in addition to influential bodies on the Island. We are pleased to be in contact with our MP Albert Owen and attended his Anglesey Day at Westminster, where we and a number of Island businesses promoted the Island to MPs and everybody else who passed through on that day – you would be amazed at the footfall. The day this year started with a breakfast meeting about the Island its businesses, and of course Tourism. A meeting with our MP is already in the diary for autumn.
- Member Events – we have had some fantastic member events which have been very well supported. Look out for details as we will be developing a programme of other special member days, such as the Food Glorious Food which was run in conjunction with Gorau Mon with exhibits from a cross section of Island Food Producers, and a member day at Chateau Rhianfa where a number of member businesses across the whole range of tourism businesses exhibited.
- Training – We continue to seek out training days relevant to our industry. We are delighted that in the past year we have been able to run a number of these, all within membership fees. This year we have run two Learning Journeys of the Island when we took coaches of members to various attractions around the Island. These included a professional tour guide on the coach who gave lots of additional information about the Island along the way, and a lovely lunch at member restaurants. We hope to do more of these tours in the future. Those members who took advantage of these free events said they learnt a huge amount.
Elaine who is our administrator and company secretary, now located in Shropshire, is still very much involved with the ATA and is still working as Company Secretary as well as on the Board. Working closely with our accountants she keeps a close eye on our finances and reports back to Directors meetings on this, as well as making sure all legal requirements for Companies House are dealt with.
Please do continue to contact either of us, and can you please use the ATA email address and not our personal ones. That way either one of us will be able to respond. We do aim to reply as soon as possible, but please remember we also have our own businesses and so this might not be immediate. If you can send all emails to HERE that would be great.
We look forward to having you on board. Don’t forget if you have friends and colleagues who have businesses on the Island and are not members of the ATA then please do urge them to join. For only £5 per month it is terrific value, and as we always say we are ‘Stronger Together’. The more members we have the louder our voice will be on issues that affect us all.
Chair of Anglesey Tourism Association