I was asked at 5.38 pm on Friday by colleagues in VE to distribute the follow. After a “harumph” reply from me, it transpires that they had only been asked to get involved earlier that day, whilst already engaged elsewhere.
I saw no point in bothering anyone over the weekend, and I nearly didn’t bother doing anything today. I mention this only because I didn’t and don’t want to look stupid myself getting involved in the distributing something, “just after the nick of time”, especially when we all know the announcements in England have been on the cards for at least 4 month (and predictable for 12 plus). More importantly I didn’t want you to have any cause to wonder about the sanity of colleagues in VE or indeed in DCMS. I may have got the wrong end of the stick and/or my comments may not make me, or by default British Destinations, friends in high place, but there are occasions when someone needs to turn around and address the odd comment directly to the elephants in the room.
It’s a brilliant idea but how much brighter would its brilliance have been, if we’d all be given a few more working day’s notice? Harumph!
Please see the note from DCMS below for your info:
To coincide with the announcement of the second round of coastal community funding, we are hoping to generate some digital engagement about the beautiful coastal communities in the UK.
We would be incredibly grateful if you could share the below plan with your regional/coastal tourism contacts. We’re keen for this to not only be shared with businesses that have benefitted from funding, but to be shared widely to encourage people to talk proudly about their coastal communities.
If you have any footage or existing content that focuses on coastal communities, please send across to Amanda.firstname.lastname@example.org and she will promoted this across the DCMS digital channels from Monday 26th January. Please also share content from your own digital channels.
Note to distribute to your contacts:
Coastal Communities Fund announcement
Next week government will be announcing the coastal community projects that will benefit from the second round of Coastal Communities Funding. As part of the announcement Tourism Minister, Helen Grant will be visiting the Medway area of Kent to see some of the projects in action.
To highlight the fantastic Coastal Communities across the UK and the tourist attractions available in these areas, we will be promoting coastal communities via our digital channels including @DCMS on Twitter.
How to get involved
– Do you work in a coastal community? Share images of what it is like working in your area and why you enjoy it by using hashtag #mytourismjob and we will share them via @DCMS on Twitter and add to our Pinterest board http://uk.pinterest.com/dcmsgov/mytourismjob/.
– Do you live in a coastal community? Tell us what you love about your community and why people should visit using #GREATdayout. Share pictures and we will add them to our Pinterest board http://uk.pinterest.com/dcmsgov/greatdayout/
On Monday 26 January the Department for Communities and Local Government will be sharing infographics and images from projects that have benefitted from funding on their Twitter account @CommunitiesUK and by using the hashtag #CoastalCommunitiesFund. Next week, DCMS will also be sharing posts on their blog (http://www.dcmsblog.co.uk/) from projects that have benefitted from the Coastal Communities Fund.