Shropshire Tourism Opens Up Membership to all

8th October 2012

Shropshire Tourism Opens Up Membership to all In a far reaching move to support Shropshire's visitor economy, Shropshire Tourism is now opening up membership to any business, individual, organisation or group interested or involved in any way with the visitor economy in the county.

Simon McCloy, Chief Executive at Shropshire Tourism said, "This is a new level of membership for us, which broadens our scope to support all kinds of businesses in Shropshire. Our traditional valued members include for the most part accommodation providers and attractions, but we have long recognised that all types of businesses benefit from visitors to Shropshire.

Research shows that some of the main beneficiaries of visitor spend in Shropshire are retail and food and drink businesses. Shops receive just over £150 million pa and food and drink businesses benefit from £189 million pa of visitor spend."

Q. How does this affect me and my membership with Shropshire Tourism?

A. It doesn't. The only slight change is that you will now be called a Full Member, rather than a Member. This is to differentiate between the benefits you already receive (including your entry on www.shropshiretourism.co.uk and tourism association website where appropriate), and the new benefits of Shropshire Tourism membership that we will be introducing.

Q. What are the benefits of Full membership?

A. Only full members that pay to renew their annual subscription with Shropshire Tourism will have an entry on www.shropshiretourism.co.uk and where applicable: www.northshropshire.co.uk, www.visitshrewsbury.co.uk, www.visitshropshirehills.co.uk and www.visitbridgnorth.co.uk

 Please click here to read the full member benefits.

 Q. What are the new benefits of Shropshire Tourism membership?

The main benefit is that members will be entitled to a free basic listing entry on any of the niche websites we operate appropriate to their business (e.g. www.shropshireshopping.co.uk and www.shropshirefoodanddrink.co.uk)

Click here to read the member benefits

Simon McCloy, Chief Executive of Shropshire Tourism said, "This new free membership does not affect the support we already provide our 500 plus full paying members, but it does mean that we can now be more inclusive. We want to do more to support these other businesses.

"We would really value your support and help to spread the word amongst businesses in your area and encourage as many of them as possible to contact us to ensure they are receiving these benefits."

Further information can be downloaded from www.stmem.com, or contact Shropshire Tourism on 01743 261919 or email enquiries@shropshiretourism.co.uk

We would also like to encourage our accommodation members to link to www.shropshireshopping.co.uk and www.shropshirefoodanddrink.co.uk, so visitors to your own websites can find places to shop and to eat and drink in the county.

Thank you.