Posted by: rowenawilcox | March 19, 2010

Revamped resource for visitors old and new

 

Visitors to the city for tomorrow’s RBS 6 Nations match, as well as those who’ve lived in the city for years and still get lost, take note:

The Tourist Information Centre has reopened following a major refurbishment.

Ryan Jones and Cheryl Clarke in the revamped Tourist Information Centre

Staff from Cardiff’s gateway Tourist Information Centre (TIC) have moved back into the Old Library building after a 6-week refit.

Manager Cheryl Clarke said of the work: “The refurbishment of the TIC reflects the exciting developments we’ve seen in the city centre over the past few years.

“The result is a wonderfully light and airy space, which is more comfortable for the staff, and far more attractive for our visitors,” she added.

The work was timed to coincide with the development of Cardiff’s new museum, The Cardiff Story, which opens in the same building later this year.

Councillor Nigel Howells, Council’s Executive Member for Sport, Leisure and Culture, said the new-look TIC was more appropriate for a capital city.

He said: “We welcome over 300,000 people into the TIC every year, and for many of them this is their first port of call in Cardiff, so it’s important to give them a really warm and memorable first impression.

“Tourists contribute nearly £630m to the local economy each year so we have a responsibility to help them get the most out of their time here.”

Fear not, the centre is open seven days a week and as well as the tourist information service there’s also a gift shop for the last minute souvenirs that totally slipped your mind.

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