5th August 2010

Assessment Update from VisitEngland

Assessment Update from VisitEngland

In our last members e-newsletter we reported that a meeting had taken place of the Board of Visit Britain to decide whether to discuss accepting locally inspected accommodation businesses on the national ‘Englandnet’ system. Their latest strategic framework newsletter has confirmed the outcome – and it is good news for the Shropshire Assessment scheme.

The official word from Visit England is:

“To offer visitors compelling destinations of distinction.... As part of a reviewed approach to quality assessment, VisitEngland plans to introduce a non star-rated entry level for accommodation. Recognising the need for national consistency but the desire for local delivery, VE will either accredit existing local inspection schemes which meet core "minimum standard" criteria, or will assist those destinations that wish to set up a local assessment scheme.”

This means that accommodation graded under the Shropshire Assessment scheme will also feature on regional and national websites. However, there is no word on how soon this will be put in to action.

Simon McCloy, Chief Executive of Shropshire Tourism said, “The success of the Shropshire Assessment Scheme over the past 18 months has proven the importance and viability of locally managed assessment schemes. Whilst we continue to endorse the national schemes, we maintain the need for greater choice within the tourism industry. Shropshire is the only county in the UK to offer a locally delivered and managed assessment that operates on similar lines to the national harmonised schemes of the AA and Visit Britain. We are delighted that VisitEngland plans to recognise this and hope that their new approach will be put into practice soon.”

For further information about the Shropshire Assessment Scheme visit www.stmem.com/assessments/index.php or call 01743 261919

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