British Guild of Travel Writers' Visit to the Island and Knockaloe Feb 2024

Tue, 06 Feb 2024

We were delighted to set up our brand new 2024 exhibition and especially open the Knockaloe Centre for WW1 Internment to welcome the British Guild of Travel Writers last week. A great start to 2024!

It was lovely to meet everyone and welcome you and hope you had a wonderful time on our beautiful and fascinating Island. Well done to the Visit isle of Man Team for coordinating such a great event.

The British Guild of Travel writers said of their visit:

"Outstanding BGTW Isle of Man AGM and Convention

With members now back in the UK after what is being seen as a hugely successful BGTW AGM and Convention on 6 February in the Isle of Man, it's time to offer a few thanks for those who made it all happen.

First of all, thanks must go to Visit Isle of Man. From the start, the tourism organisation, led by chief executive Deborah Heather, made it clear it wanted to give Guild members the opportunity to really discover the very many stories the island has to tell.

In the end, some 50 or so members travelled over, either on board the Isle of Man Steam Packet's new ship, 'Manxman', or flying from regional airports. Specific thanks must go to Yvette Hollows and her colleagues from Visit Isle of Man. The itinerary offered members the opportunity to drill down into stories and topics relevant to their own requirements. The final, detailed itineraries, including pick-up bus and minibus shuttles, hotel accommodation and other bespoke requirements, were handled with aplomb.

At this end, with former Guild joint chair Stuart Render taking the overview, working closely with Sarah Siese, it was BGTW administrator Charlotte Copeman who was the liaison with members. Commenting on this, Stuart Render says: "The administration of our annual AGM and Convention requires many hours of work, both liaising with the host destination and ensuring members' individual requirements are met. This year, the vagaries of the weather meant additional work to ensure travel to and from the island was successfully delivered. We would like to thank Charlotte for her enthusiasm and commitment to ensuring that challenge was met."

A key element of the event programme was the formal BGTW AGM. Moderated by Stuart Render, in one of his final activities before stepping back from front-line Guild duties, the AGM saw the handover from the 'old' BGTW Board to the 'new' Board. At the time of writing that new Board comprises Chair Chris Coe, together with director Renate Ruge, Mary-Anne Evans, Valery Collins and Sarah Rodrigues.

At the end of the AGM, Chris outlined the plans he has for the year ahead. Ending the AGM session, Stuart Render wished Chris and the team all the very best for the year ahead, noting that at the AGM in 2025, Guild members will be looking forward to hearing how the new Board has built on the financial and administrative successes delivered by the old Board."