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Visit Isle of Wight is keen to hear from tourism providers and operators on the Island with views about cross Solent  travel and service. Please email your comments to David Thornton (Chief Executive of Visit Isle of Wight Ltd) at

On the recent statements made by Andrew Turner MP in the House of Commons, where David Thornton and Visit Isle of Wight were mentioned specifically, David Thornton responds with: “Isle of Wight ferries touch every person on the Island and are of vital importance for local economic development as well as providing the only way for large numbers of tourists and visitors to access the Island.   It is absolutely crucial that we get the best service we can obtain and any review is handled in a manner which is consistent and fair. I have decided to ask the tourism industry across the Island to pass me information and comments about the Solent crossing so that I can collate and review this information with the intention of sharing with the Visit Isle of Wight board (which includes representatives from our Solent operators) at our next meeting in late November.

The Isle of Wight is a paid admission visitor attraction, you have to pay to come in. What you pay can vary a great deal at different times of the year and depending when the purchase is made. On the one hand, the role of Visit Isle of Wight is to do whatever it can to promote the Island as an appealing place to come on holiday to and worth whatever the admission price might be, but on the other, we have to listen to the concerns of the Industry across the Island and ensure that all our board partners are clearly aware of any issues, opportunities or challenges that  might affect visitor growth on the Island. I would be failing in my job if I didn’t look at every potential challenge and opportunity and see what can be done to make it as easy as possible for people to visit and enjoy an affordable holiday on our beautiful Island”.

For more information about Andrew Turner’s motion for a review, see below (Source: Island Echo News)

The Island’s MP, Andrew Turner, has secured Government support for a wide-ranging taskforce to consider the future of the Island’s transport infrastructure. 

Mr Turner had already been involved in discussions to ask for Government assistance in considering options for the future of Island Line, and during an end-of-day ‘adjournment’ debate in the House of Commons last night (Monday), he sought and won agreement for the wider Island transport infrastructure to be included, including the ferry services.

The debate and request to the Government was prompted by private negotiations between the ferry companies and businessmen working on the Better Ferry Campaign, described by the MP as ‘constructive’.  Discussions had taken place with the Minister in advance of the debate and informal meetings with the Isle of Wight Council also encouraged the Island’s MP to seek what he called a ‘win-win solution’ to the long standing cross-Solent issues.

During the debate, John Hayes MP, Transport Minster praised the Island’s MP for his ‘extraordinary dedication’ to seeking a solution to the Island’s connectivity problems, both behind the scenes and more publicly.  He said his colleague had made a ‘persuasive case’ for the Government to support the holistic approach called for and invited the MP to work with the Council to prepare terms of reference, so that the plan can be taken forward.

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