One Step Ahead for Winchester tourism businesses

Winchester City Council’s tourism service, in conjunction with the regional tourist board Tourism South East and the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA) is offering a free seminar for tourism businesses to help enhance their welcome for disabled visitors, as the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games approach. The seminar, called One Step Ahead, takes place at Marwell Wildlife on 8 July starting at 10am.


One Step Ahead includes an inspirational talk from Peter Norfolk, the twice Paralympic quad tennis gold medallist, on his preparations for the 2012 Games.  Winchester City Council’s Head of Economic and Cultural Services, Eloise Appleby, will also be outlining how Winchester City Council is preparing for the games. 


The event will offer the opportunity for discussion, information exchange and networking between tourism businesses and Winchester City Council and Tourism South East staff, who will be on hand to offer training advice. There is also an opportunity to find out how Marwell Wildlife has ensured that they are ahead of the game in terms of their disability access.


Delegates from around the Winchester District have been signing up for the free seminar, which is open to all businesses with an interest in tourism, from taxi drivers to tourist guides, and from retailers and restaurateurs to B&B owners.


Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Heritage, Culture and Sport; and 2012 Champion, Cllr Patricia Stallard, will open the seminar.  She said:


"The coming three years will be an exciting time for the UK, in tourism terms. The country has an unprecedented opportunity to promote itself to the rest of the world and to ensure that its tourism welcome and services are able to cater for the needs of all visitors, whatever their needs.  The South East was the birthplace of the Paralympics, and agencies across the region are working together to ensure that 2012 is a catalyst for positive change.”


Event organiser Alison Woods, Winchester City Council’s Tourist Information Centre Manager, added:


“Improving our visitor welcome for disabled visitors isn’t just about improving the physical environment.  I am sure that Peter Norfolk will inspire us and galvanise us into thinking about the many other things, big and small, that we can all do to help make our businesses more accessible.”


For further information, or to book your space, contact Hannah Bone in the economic and cultural services division at Winchester City Council on 01962 848 231 or email