Quick updates: marketing job vacancy, new ONS C-19 attitudes data, destination manager’s meetings and/or Parliamentary Reception.

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Appointments. Visit Isle of Wight seek a marketing manager. See Job vacancy page Britishdestinations.net or go direct to the page. Not for you? Then please consider circulating to colleagues and contacts: https://britishdestinations.net/jobs-vacancies/marketing-manager-visit-isle-of-wight-ft-salary-negotiable-closing-8-april/

Latest C-19 Survey. ONS have just published their latest UK public attitudes survey. The first paragraph gives some of the background and a flavour of its content. The full online report contains a number of potentially useful attitudinal indicators, particularly those by age and gender, which may help inform your understand of the possible implications or residual public concerns for your key markets and/or shape your marketing responses to them:

“In February 2022, almost a third of people in Great Britain (32%) felt it would take more than a year for life to return to normal following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This is almost three times higher than at the start of the pandemic (11% between 27 March and 6 April 2020). According to Opinions and Lifestyle Survey (OPN) data from between 16 and 27 February 2022, more than 1 in 10 people (12%) thought life would never return to normal, and 9% felt their life had already returned to normal”.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): disabled people are more likely to feel life will never return to normal – Office for National Statistics (ons.gov.uk)

Managers meeting and Parliamentary Reception. My note to lead contacts on the Parliamentary Reception 3 – 5 pm 24 March, House of Commons and the calendar request for either in person or Teams attendance at a Destination Managers meeting 12 – 2 pm being held at the VB/VE Offices may have caused confusion. It may have read as though it was entirely about physical attendance in London?

For clarity, if you wish to attend the Destination meeting either in-person or online please let me know, so I can either warn off VB for access and/or know who I am expecting online. The agenda for our first hybrid meeting covering the many strategic issue in play, to follow shortly.

If you wish to attend the reception, either in addition to the Destination Manager’s meeting, or on its own, let me know, if you haven’t already done so. I can then send you the invitation and inform the Tourism Alliance who are running the event and coordinating attendance. No invitation and name on the attendance list, not entry to the House of Commons.

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