The Tamar Valley Tourism Association (TAVATA) was formed in 2001 to encourage and promote quality tourism in the area. It is a not-for-profit organisation and the membership includes all businesses with an interest in tourism, including local food providers, markets and shops, and business organisations who work with the tourism industry. Our holiday accommodation members look after 75,000 visitors to the Tamar Valley every year, and they are often the first people holiday-makers ask when they want advice on where to go for days out, places to eat and drink and so forth.
We have strong links with the Tamar Valley AONB, regional tourism associations and local government agencies, and so are able to feed back news to members about current initiatives, developments and events throughout the area on a regular basis. We also run regular networking events, from cream teas to visits to houses of historic interest to training events, where members can find out more about the Valley and discover services provided by other members.
Under our new logo and name Visit the Tamar Valley, our aim is to take the Association into the 21st century and grow from a tourism association into a Destination Marketing Organisation.
To support tourism businesses and local partners in the Tamar Valley area and help increase visitors numbers and spend to this wonderful protective landscape which bridges Devon and Cornwall.
- Develop thematic marketing campaigns to showcase the landscape and tourism products available in the area and to help increase short break visitors to help boast the local economy.
- Build a comprehensive events calendar on the website to help encourage more visitors and longer stays. This will help shape future marketing activity.
- Work with local stakeholders/town councils and key tourism organisations in the Tamar Valley area to help increase awareness of the Tamar Valley brand as a key destination to visit.
- To develop a new visual identity – Visit The Tamar Valley with a strapline Bridging Devon and Cornwall.
Membership is at three levels depending upon what you would like to receive from us, the standard
membership being Bronze at £75 year from 1st January to 31st December. You can see a copy of the rate card below and for more information about membership, the features and benefits of each option please email: [email protected]
Website Listing: this will depend on which level of membership you choose but you will have unlimited text and the ability to change your listing as you wish once it has been set up.
Joint Launceston TIC Membership
If you are also a member of Launceston Visitor Information Centre, we are able to offer a combined, discounted membership of £35, saving £25 + VAT from joining Launceston VIC separately.
Members with an additional, related business operating at the same address (a hotel with a restaurant, for example), can take an extra website entry for the reduced rate of £25 (one free additional business included in Silver membership and two free additional businesses included in Gold membership).
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Enthusiastic ambassadors and long-term members Peter and Caroline Hammond ( www.updown-cottage.co.uk) said : “The TAVATA membershipis the best value a year that we ever spend. The help and support from other businesses and the opportunity to showcase our business on the TAVATA website is invaluable. The events, talks, workshops and visits are really interesting. We network with other members, compare notes, share stories and business advice. It's a brilliant package and incredibly good value. We often talk to prospective new members about the benefits and they nearly all join up.”
Brenda Crago (www.cadsonmanor.co.uk) said “Networking is a vital plus for us, and we've picked up lots of ideas on how to reduce our carbon footprint. We put cards supplied by COAST in all our bathrooms to encourage guests to reuse towels and we refer them all to www.welovethetamarvalley.co.uk to get ideas of what to do while they are staying with us”.
Catherine and Jim Walker (www.meadowoodbandb.wordpress.com) says “We belong to TAVATA because we enjoy the sense of belonging. Running a small business can be lonely and stressful. It is good to regularly get together with other people who are experiencing similar challenges. Over the years we have been able to share our thoughts and concerns and hear those from others which has encouraged, informed and warned us of events, legislation or personal issues. Some while back, a TAVATA member suggested we cut food miles by serving apple juice instead of orange juice in our B&B. This idea made sense, as we grow and press our own apples and supports our other initiatives to be environmentally aware such as solar panels, wood burner and composting”.
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