The AGM of the Weymouth Hoteliers, Guesthouses and Leaseholders Association was held today at The Berkeley Hotel on the Esplanade (Excellent venue, thanks Joe!). There were several guest speakers, first up being Ed Warr, the recently appointed Town Centre Manager for Weymouth. He outlined a number of areas currently being worked on, with the overall aim of improving visitor impressions, reducing anti-social behaviour and increasing numbers. The nightlife improvement scheme “Purple Flag” was explained and hopefully will be reinvigorated for 2018.
Next, Claudia Moore, chief operating office for Weymouth BID, explained how she has started her new role with the BID, since January when she took over from Nigel Read. A new business plan has been developed and, assuming the successful transition to “BID2”, this will be in place after November this year. The business plan includes a number of initiatives designed to improve the number and quality of visitor offers with a main intent being to extend the tourism season – heartily welcomed all round! The BID will be working with the Town Centre Manager to make inroads on a range of projects, ranging from appearance, visitor attraction, antisocial behaviour, events outside of the main summer season and developing a range of events according to localised zones around Weymouth, allowing greater neighborhood benefits and more local artisan input.
Finally, PCSO Kirsty Gatehouse explained the “Hotel Watch” scheme, outlining the kind of information that could be useful to the Police plus how the Police would forward helpful information to we hoteliers. There have been some recent successes resulting from the public providing information and she explained even a tiny scrap of data could be helpful in identifying persons of interest and their movements.
Former Chairperson Mrs Weller read through the main points of the first 9 months of last year, before she stepped down while current Chairperson Karen Harris detailed the minutes and other matters, including treasurers report, status of rent (etc) negotiations with the Council. Ms Weller was one of 3 committee members who stepped down in 2017, totalling 28 years service between us.