Tourism centres are shut down from today

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TOURIST information centres across the Isle of Wight close for good from today.

But Isle of Wight Council hopes a new service will fill the gap they leave.

The six centres, which were run by the council, have closed due to budget cuts forced on the authority by central government.

But bus company Southern Vectis has opened four Visitor Information Points at bus stations in Newport, Ryde, Yarmouth and Shanklin.

The VIPs will offer information and advice to visitors to the island.

Councillor George Brown, Isle of Wight Council’s leader for tourism, said: ‘This demonstrates that we can find innovative and smarter ways of delivering key services without the costs. Southern Vectis is providing this integrated travel and tourist information service at no cost to the council and it is an exciting and novel approach.’

Plans are in place to introduce Visitor Information Assistants at Cowes High Street and Sandown Pontoon, who will offer information on transport and attractions.