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Highest Accolade Received by Award Scheme

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Following a VisitEngland Inspection earlier this year, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway was notified that it had received an accreditation over and above the standard accreditation and had been awarded the “VisitEngland Welcome Accolade”.

This accolade has been received as part of VisitEngland’s Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme. 

"Enthusiastic staff and volunteers consistently offer a warm welcome to this atmospheric Victorian railway which has now been greatly enhanced by the recent opening of Train Story in April 2014. The huge railway building houses expertly restored historic engines and carriages with displays showing the restoration process and how railways once played a major part in the daily life of the Island.”



About VisitEngland Accolades: 
VisitEngland accolades are available to attractions that are part of the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme and are allocated through a scoring system based on an annual assessment by VisitEngland. They include the Welcome accolade, Hidden Gem, Best Told Story, Quality Café and the Gold accolade for top-scoring attractions. Two rounds of accolades will be announced each year. 

About the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme:
The Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme is managed by VisitEngland and, through its network of regional assessors, boasts an incredible reputation for instigating, modifying and shaping change to the customer experience at visitor attractions across England. 
Following successful trials in 1998 in the South West and then in the East of England, the Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme was officially taken centrally by the National Tourist Board in 2007. The scheme encourages participants to make the Scheme work for them as a management tool. 

Industry support has been consistently strong with participants eager to take on board the recommendations of their local assessor.  Any questions or queries regarding the scheme can be emailed to attractions@visitengland.org. 

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