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making the connection

The work we’ve done within the partnership has shown how important joining the dots is. Thinking in systems, about how we work together, about the impact one part of our community has on another; how businesses can work together, and how we can think of the whole, rather than the part. From understanding how a simple vistor charter can connect all our values and principles about our community; to sharing what we’re building as a destination with our community members who might be having a tough time; to working together to cope with the Covid pandemic which slammed into our community and economy. Joining the dots means working together, and seeing the whole, not the part.

I have been involved in many tourism projects over the years where expensive reports were written and glossy pamphlets published but in the end nothing actually happened – in particular one with [our local district council, before it became part of the county council] where they paid consultants £50,000 only for the whole tourism department to be disbanded shortly afterwards with the report ending up in a filing cabinet somewhere. In the case of the Tin Coast I am astounded how much has been achieved and with coronavirus in the mix as well. Into the bargain you have managed to convince some of the more cynical people that good things can be achieved. Also you have improved relations between the National Trust and Geevor which can only be good.

Local business owner.