My name is Charmian Saunders and I joined the committee of TAVATA in June 2017 when I took early retirement from my role as Visitor Services and Volunteer Manager at Cotehele. I worked for the National Trust for nearly 20 years and as part of my role there I was very involved in marketing and promoting the Tamar Valley.
I was born on a farm near Pillaton and am very proud of being Cornish. I was delighted to join the committee as I feel that The Tamar Valley is such a wonderful place and has so much to offer our tourists. It is often overlooked by visitors who drive through on their way further down into Cornwall. Anything I can do to help boost tourism in this beautiful place, the many attractions, businesses, accommodation providers and special areas is a real bonus to everyone who works so hard to promote the Tamar Valley.
There is a real mutual benefit to being part of the committee. We meet regularly. When I first joined the team I was very surprised by the diversity of the group. Everyone works hard to encourage tourism to the area. Social media is of course the way forward and to help our members with their own advertising we run workshops and networking events. Many of our members appreciate these events as it is another way of getting together with like minded people to discuss their own businesses and share ideas.
We are moving forward and currently I am helping organise our very first Tamar Valley Tourism Roadshow in Launceston. This is going to be a really exciting event and again it is for the benefit of our members.
If you have time to spare, we are always looking for volunteers to help us. Just get in touch for a chat. You won’t be disappointed.