THE North Devon tourism industry has been looking ahead to a great new season at the region s first ever networking day for local visitor attractions. More than 20 exhibitors attended the Discover North Devon Day at Castle Hill Estate, Filleigh, on Friday

THE North Devon tourism industry has been looking ahead to a great new season at the region's first ever networking day for local visitor attractions.More than 20 exhibitors attended the Discover North Devon Day at Castle Hill Estate, Filleigh, on Friday.Representatives from tourism companies large and small - as well as umbrella organisations like the North Devon Festival - took the opportunity to meet each other and share information to help visitors to the region get the most out of their stay."It's been a great event for visitors to chat with one another and network on a one-to-one level - not something they usually get the opportunity to do," said Jo Higgs of the North Devon Marketing Bureau, which co-ordinated the event."We've had some really positive feedback, not just from visiting companies, but also from accommodation providers who have come along to the event to learn more about what their guests can do while in the region."We hope that we are able to expand the event next year.Guest house owner Julie Jarvis from Little Clarendon Holiday Cottage in Braunton went along to learn more about what was on offer to visitors.She said: "There is so much more to do in North Devon than just spending a week on the beach. This event has given me some great ideas and information to pass on to my guests."The Bureau thanked Lady Arran for her support and for hosting the event in the recently restored West Wing at Castle Hill.Lady Arran said: "It's a thoroughly good idea to get everyone together before the start of the tourist season."It's the first time that such an event has taken place in North Devon and a great way for the local tourist industry to exchange ideas.