New opportunity for tourism businesses in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

An exciting new opportunity has arisen in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty aimed at tourism businesses and rural enterprises.

Together with other Protected Landscapes in South East England, the Cotswolds Conservation Board is bidding for substantial funding from the South East England Development Agency to develop and promote rural tourism in the region.

The concept is to develop and promote a series of holiday packages and experiences which celebrate the special qualities of these areas and will generate business for participating rural enterprises.

To encourage local businesses to participate in the project, a workshop is being held on Thursday 28th January at Eynsham Hall, Witney, Oxfordshire. Interested businesses will have to demonstrate that they are operating in a sustainable manner, support the values of the Cotswolds AONB and provide a quality product to the customer.

This is the first phase of the project and is designed to select an initial group of products with market appeal and to identify enterprises that are interested in participating, in principle. The bid for funding to take the project forward will be made by South East Protected Landscapes in spring 2010 and, if successful, the project will run for 3 years starting in summer 2010.

The 3 initial products which have been identified for the Cotswolds AONB are based around conservation holidays, cycling breaks and ‘green’ weekends.

If any business which is located in the AONB would like to attend this workshop, further information can be obtained from Nicola Greaves at the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862003 or email: nicola.greaves@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk.