Did you know that visitors to Weymouth and Portland spend over 218 million pounds a year, with over 5 million day visits to West Dorset alone? And until recently, surprisingly, there was no dedicated Tourist Information Centre in the town. That was until local company, Dorset Cottage Holidays, stepped up to the mark and opened a brand office on King St, by the Jubilee Clock Tower.

The newly refurbished offices are located just yards from Weymouth Beach and are signposted to attract visiting tourists. Inside the new TIC, you will find plenty of literature displays that local attractions, eateries, producers and events can use to showcase the best attractions in West Dorset.

Dorset Cottage Holidays opened a new branch in the Weymouth area nearly two years ago, and company director Leanne Hemingway immediately saw the need for more tourist information. She sought out a new location that would be ideal for a Tourist Information Centre. She says ‘local businesses with a clear interest to promote tourism in the area can step in to provide services where needed. In our Corfe Castle branch we also provide tourist information services, but the new offices in Weymouth provide a larger platform for information to be displayed. We invite local attractions and events to display their literature free of charge.’

With the recent loss of Weymouth Carnival, it is clear that local business should step up and help the local community provide services to improve the experience of visitors to the area. Dorset Cottage Holidays hope that opening the brand new, and very much needed TIC will go some way to frontlining the cause.

Staff at Dorset Cottage Holidays have been trained to provide local information to guests. However, for the busy months, they are looking for some local volunteers to assist visitors. Anyone who is interested can contact Leanne Hemingway by emailing leanne@dhcottages.co.uk