Tom is Borough's New Tourism Officer
Published Thursday 8th March 12
Ribble Valley Borough Council has appointed a new tourism and events officer and published its popular annual tourist guide.
He has worked with the Lancashire and Blackpool Tourist Board and the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on several tourism initiatives, and as a consultant supporting small tourism enterprises.
An active member of the Tourism Management Institute, he is also the regional assessor of the David Bellamy Conservation Awards that recognise environmental excellence in caravan and holiday home parks.
Tom said: "I am delighted to be appointed tourism officer in Ribble Valley and have been particularly impressed with the way the council recognises the value of tourism to the local economy.
"I feel privileged to be working in such a beautiful environment and with such an excellent range of tourism enterprises."
Chris Hughes, Ribble Valley Borough Council's head of cultural and leisure services, added: "The coming year looks set to be an exciting time for tourism in Ribble Valley, with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, the Olympics and the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witches just some of the high-profile events taking place.
"Added to that, the council's Visitor Information Centre is moving to new and improved premises at the Platform Gallery.
"We are therefore delighted to be welcoming a new tourism and events officer with Tom's skill and experience at such an exciting time."
The 2012 Ribble Valley Visitor Guide will be distributed to tourist information centres across the UK, as well as tourism exhibitions, including the prestigious Great Days Out at Event City, Manchester, and the Great Outdoors at the NEC, Birmingham.
The guide, with the strapline "Ribble Valley: Once Visited, Never Forgotten," features sections on food, shopping, heritage, outdoor activities, the arts, events, places to stay and eat, a What's On, including details of events marking the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witches, and a comprehensive accommodation listing.
The guide is available from the Visitor Information Centre at the Ribble Valley Borough Council Offices in Church Walk, Clitheroe, which is open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm. Copies are also available by phoning the centre on 01200 425566.
The Clitheroe Visitor Information Centre is moving to a new home at the Platform Gallery in Station Road. The new centre is scheduled to open in early-May, following refurbishment works, which will start at the end of March.
Date: March 8 2012.