David Thornton

David Thornton is the CEO of Visit Isle of Wight, the Island’s Destination Management Organisation.

The tourism organisation was set up in 2012 and David Joined as CEO in October 2012.

Below are some articles which feature David Thornton.

Visit Isle of Wight £34k fraud: Judge delivered Thornton sentence this morning (updated)

Newport Crown and Magistrates Court:

Following a deferment in November, the judge has now delivered the sentencing on the woman who stole £34k from Visit Isle of Wight. The head of VIoW speaks.

Monday, 11th March, 2019 1:10pm

By Sally Perry with 15 readers' comments

Former tourism chief branches out into children’s poetry


Former CEO of Visit Isle of Wight has launched a new Website of children's poetry, with regular updates.

Friday, 2nd March, 2018 12:37pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Vote: Isle of Wight shortlisted for ‘Holiday Destination of the Year’

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Your vote in the Countryfile Magazine Awards could see the Isle of Wight crowned 'Holiday Destination of the Year'.

Thursday, 18th January, 2018 3:14pm

By Simon Clark with 7 readers' comments

Visit Isle of Wight launch new Guide for Groups

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Although traditional coach visitor and scheduled tours have declined across the UK in recent years, private hire trips, organised by groups and companies are increasing and have a higher spend per head.

Monday, 8th January, 2018 1:11pm

By Simon Clark

Visit Isle of Wight CEO resigns after five years in the post (updated)


After five years in the job, David Thornton has decided it's time to move on from his role as the head of Visit Isle of Wight. We hope his replacement is just as dynamic.

Wednesday, 20th December, 2017 1:44pm

By Sally Perry with one comment

Visit Isle of Wight reveal their 2018 advertising campaign

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Visit Isle of Wight reveal their advertising campaign for 2018 with marketing starting earlier this time, over the 'twixmas' period.

Wednesday, 20th December, 2017 10:02am

By Sue Emmerson with 4 readers' comments

Visit Isle of Wight tops the league table for social media activity

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Visit Isle of Wight have knocked Visit Cornwall off the top spot in the social media league table after their social media activity is recognised as one of the best in the country. Well done to them all!

Tuesday, 19th December, 2017 4:04pm

By Simon Clark

Summer tourism figures hit by bad weather and loss of Bestival

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There was good news and bad as the Island saw the highest every number of first timers over the summer, but the overall; number of visitors dropped due to Bestival leaving the Island and that awful wet weather.

Friday, 24th November, 2017 4:45pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Visit Isle of Wight needs your votes in national competition

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Visit Isle of Wight's tourism Website is up against two strong contenders in the TravelMole UK Awards 2017 - cast your vote to help Visit Isle of Wight become a winner.

Tuesday, 24th October, 2017 11:48am

By Sally Perry

Have your say on how tourism money is spent

wight bid discussion-forum

Members of the Wight BID are invited to take part in events planned for the next two weeks have their their say, shaping the Island’s tourism activities for the next 12 months.

Monday, 2nd October, 2017 12:00pm

By David Thornton with one comment

Almost 100 summons hearings for non-payment by WightBID levy payers

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Of the 1,012 Wight Bid levy payers, 97 have not paid their bill for 2016/17 despite reminders from the Council and VisitIW. Attendance at a workshop is being offered in order to wipe clean their court costs.

Tuesday, 14th February, 2017 1:05pm

By Sally Perry with 9 readers' comments

Visit Isle of Wight announce two new campaigns

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Visit Isle of Wight launch Romantic Breaks and Spring Escapes campaigns, designed to attract couples and families to the most romantic Island in the British Isles.

Thursday, 24th November, 2016 2:41pm

By Sue Emmerson