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“‘Welcome to Brighton & Hove’ has been a great advertising platform for Gold Arts, as we can showcase all our products and services. It is so nice to have customers say they have found us while looking through this beautifully-illustrated book whilst in their hotel when visiting Brighton. This has been very beneficial for us - it showcases all that we do in one publication to a wide variety of people throughout the year. We’re so pleased to be part of this great guide”.
Tina Heaver, Owner, Gold Arts, Brighton
"I would just like to thank you for your assistance in putting together our advert for
the back cover of your 'This is Liverpool' publication. By advertising in this fantastic publication we have seen a marked increase in both enquiries and bookings following the advert placed with you”.
Danielle Connolly, Land Rover Experience, Events & Marketing Executive, Halewood
"Advertising in ‘This Is Edinburgh’ has been great for us. It’s a very classy publication and we’ll certainly keep advertising in it. Good job! We have had an excellent response from it and look forward to taking out the same 1/2 page package again”.
Danielle Wilson & Susanna Hand, Rockcandy Gallery, Edinburgh
“We have been working with Kingfisher Media for six years. As the publication is placed in the nearby hotels, we feel that this avenue really does work for us. We frequently ask how people have heard of us and a good percentage is through the publication, especially at the weekends and over the summer period. It is the only form of advertising we use and we feel it is good value for money as the quality of the book produced is of a very high standard. I would recommend it to any outlet within the leisure/tourism sector”.
Gemma Wilson, Manager, St Pauls Gallery, Birmingham Jewellery Quarter
"What a superb hardback guide to Oxford and the surrounding areas. A joy to look through. For advertisers it's excellent value for money. Our advert looks absolutely amazing – we are thrilled to bits with it”.
Maura Buckland, Bekonscot Model Village, Oxford
“I have been delighted with our advert in ‘Welcome to Bristol.’ We had a lot of visitors to our shop following publication of the book”.
Vicky Abel, B Delicious Beads, Bristol
"We’ve been in business for more than 30 years and 'This is Edinburgh' is the only publication we now advertise in. What a stylish upmarket publication with great content – our advert looks lovely and has attracted lots of attention”.
Sheena Garthley, Owner, Scruples Jewellers, Edinburgh
"We had a substantial number of new customers who came to the restaurant after seeing our advert in the book. It’s one of the few publications we advertise in where we can see a clear response, and we’re delighted to continue being involved in the ‘Welcome to Aberdeenshire’ guide”.
Rod Leach, Bar & Brasserie, Aberdeen
"We were delighted to feature in 'Welcome to Hull & East Yorkshire' and the response we have received from our advert this year has been excellent. It is a very high-quality publication and we think this encourages people to read it. It is invaluable for visitors to see what our wonderful city has to offer and this guide does that perfectly. Keep up the good work”.
Jo and Mat, Seals Jewellers, Hull
"Our copy of 'This is Edinburgh' came today
and I wanted to tell you that I think this is a fantastic publication, and by far the best that you have produced. This is the fifth edition in which we have advertised and you have
always looked after us so well. Congratulations on this most excellent promotion of our wonderful city and you thoroughly deserve
the success of the guide”.
Deirdre Kinloch Anderson, Kinloch Anderson, Edinburgh
"Yang Sing has worked with 'This is Manchester' on several projects and we are very pleased to say that the publication reaches a wide and varied audience and makes a great contribution towards projecting a diverse and positive impression of our business, the city of Manchester and its offerings”.
Bonnie Yeung, Yang Sing Restaurant, Manchester
“I’ve just received my copy of the ‘Welcome to Kent’ book and would like to congratulate you on the quality and content – it looks lovely. Fingers crossed for some business from it!”.
Debbie Dainton, Tourism Officer, Dover Museum, Kent
"The high quality hard-backed book placed in quality hotels nearby has been very good for us, and of course now with the added extra of internet links, it’s keeping us up-to-date with the ever increasing ‘techy’ lifestyle as well as the traditional book format”.
Emanuele and Pam Orto, Il Piccolo, Corbridge
"Just a quick note to say how delighted we are with our advert in ‘This is Edinburgh’ – it is one of the nicest publications we’ve seen and the position is ideal for us. It is certainly one of the best adverts we have done and as a visitor guide ‘This is Edinburgh’ is the best we have come across”.
Martin Fleet, Orkney Designer Jewellery, Edinburgh
“Our promotional work with Kingfisher Media has allowed us to deliver a reassurance message to visitors to the Hull and Humber region in a novel and engaging way. Over the last twelve months a significant proportion of the travelling public have had the opportunity to see the force's message in a variety of settings and we are confident that the exposure we have received has had a positive impact on the public's perception of the outstanding service delivered by our police officers”.
Phil Kirk, Head of Marketing and Public Relations, Humberside Police
“We’ve advertised our museums and galleries in the ‘Welcome to Newcastle-Gateshead’ guide for several years now. It’s a quality, glossy publication and a great way to ensure our venues are being promoted to visitors to the region when they stay in the city’s hotels”.
Sheryl McGregor, Principal Officer: Communications, Tyne & Wear Archives
"The ‘Welcome to York’ book looks amazing, it is full of all the colourful attractions, restaurants and so much more. If I were a guest in York, it would definitely help me know where to go and make me feel very welcome in this lovely, homely city. As an advertiser I found working with Kingfisher Media very slick, professional and friendly”.
Krissi Neal, Marketing & Events Coordinator, York Dungeon
"Very many thanks for a copy of 'This is Leeds'. We are very impressed with the publication and particularly the quality of our advert”.
David Wright, Artsmill, Leeds
"I have thoroughly enjoyed being involved with the 'Welcome to Newcastle-Gateshead’ publication over the last few years. It is a very well produced book which I am pleased to display and make available to the patients at Spire Washington Hospital. I have also enjoyed flicking through the book when I have stayed in hotels outside of my own area”.
Chloë Senneck, Business Development Manager, Spire Washington Hospital
"The 'Welcome to York' book is a great addition to our hotel bedrooms and it is clear that our guests love it too – they use the guide extensively during their time in York”.
Rachel Alderman, Hotel 53, York
“We really love having these books in our rooms. I know a lot of guests use ‘This is Manchester’ to get the best out of the city and we get a lot of questions and feedback from guests about things in the book”.
Donna Jarvis, Housekeeping Manager, Renaissance Manchester Hotel
"We were delighted with the 'This is Manchester’ guide. It offers a really comprehensive guide to the city and, being a new district, it was critical for us that Spinningfields was part of that”.
Fran Goddard, Spinningfields, Manchester
"For the last three editions, I have used your Newcastle-Gateshead visitor guide to increase awareness of my business. The response every year gets better and better. We receive many visitors from all over the country and many from overseas - we always ask where they found out about us and 99% say they have read the book in the hotel room where they are staying, or checked out the Kingfisher Visitor Guides website. The business this generates more than covers the cost of the advert and it is always a great investment. I would highly recommend using the Kingfisher Visitor Guides to advertise any local business".
Claire Chapman, Owner, The Glamorous Owl, Newcastle
"I just wanted to say that since taking the full page advert out in 'This is Edinburgh' we have had a significant increase of business from clients staying in the hotels in Edinburgh. Marketing is always a difficult field, trying to find ones that work well, but I have to say this one is working well for JSB Executive Travel. We're already looking forward to the season”.
Stephen Brown, JSB Executive Travel, Edinburgh
"I closely monitor every enquiry we get and I was very pleased with the result of our ad in this quality publication. The revenue the advert brought in was ten times the cost of the outlay”.
Lee Cave, Dragon Adventure, Cardiff
"We got a great response to our advertisement in this excellent publication. After 17 years of often-ineffective advertising in various media, it was a pleasure to see such visible results”.
Claire Douglas, Argent Jewellery, Leeds
"This will be my fifth year advertising in the 'Welcome to Brighton & Hove’ publication and with such an amazing response from our advert I will continue to do so. I would highly recommend it. Although we live in a fast digital world right now where a vast amount of our bookings are coming via the internet from all different kinds of avenues the quality of this tactile publication as a reliable first port of call for travellers staying in the city is second to none. It oozes authenticity, individualism, exclusivity, professionalism and reliability. It is certainly a publication our customers have trusted to use. It's aesthetically pleasing and very well put together. The editorial features bring interest too. With its hard back it very much feels like the publication that has all the inside important knowledge about the city. We have been extremely pleased with the amount of customers that have found our front door through picking up this fantastic publication”.
Nicola Kamala, Director, The House Restaurant, Brighton
"This will be my third year advertising in 'This is Edinburgh', and due to the excellent response I’ve had, I would definitely recommend it. I have given up placing adverts in the newspapers as it has been a waste of time. During the Edinburgh Festival especially, in the past week I have got four lovely new customers who read my advert in 'This is Edinburgh' in their different hotel bedrooms. They all said that they would definitely be returning. Great to hear!”.
Shireen Love, Marina Rinaldi Diffusion, Edinburgh
“Your ‘This is Cardiff’ publication is the classiest guide to the city that I have seen, and I am sure that visitors find it useful. Please pass on my thanks to all the staff involved in the compilation of our advert. I have always admired the guide you produce, which invariably looks beautiful and contains a great deal of helpful and attractively presented information for visitors to our city. Everyone I have dealt with at Kingfisher Media has been helpful each and every year we have advertised, but this year they really did go the extra mile. I was struggling to provide photos and your designers scoured our Facebook page and put together a beautiful advert by selecting pictures themselves. I was afraid the quality of the Facebook photos would not be good enough but I need not have worried, your staff carefully selected ones that were suitable and I was delighted with the result”.
Deborah Campbell, Director, Debris, Cardiff
“I manage two small shopping centres in Wickham, Hampshire, and advertising can be very hit and miss and, in most cases, short-lived. We have a great local customer base but have found it increasingly difficult to specifically bring customers outside of the village to us. Kingfisher Media has allowed us to market ourselves to more specific customer types, looking for picturesque places to shop and eat. The quality of the Kingfisher visitor guides is second to none and they have made it easy for customers to find us through the printed guide, website and app, allowing them to contact or travel to us with ease”.
Steve Manning, Warwick Lane & Bay and Warwick Market Ltd, Hampshire
"Thank you for the work you have done with Jack Wolfskin, Leeds. You delivered on everything you promised and I am very pleased with the outcome. Retailing is a highly competitive environment and margins are too tight for comfort. Marketing decisions are notoriously difficult to make, with the need to ensure value within the spend. With a competitive price, you helped make our decision easier. I was also very pleased with the input from your design studio who delivered exactly what I had asked for, which is not always the case”.
Neil Carson, Mountain Paw-Print Ltd, Jack Wolfskin Store Operator, Leeds
“Kingfisher Media’s Edinburgh and Borders books are great places for advertising Rosslyn Chapel – the staff are always very helpful and we know that the books reach the right markets all year round”.
Ian Gardner, Director, Rosslyn Chapel Trust, Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders
"Having just set up a new jewellery showroom and workshop in Mayfair, London, for Catherine Best, we were very particular about where to advertise and our target market. We looked for local publications, and in particular somewhere to promote to visitors alike that come to London from overseas. We contacted Kingfisher Media at the perfect time and took advantage of the opportunity to take back cover advert space in their 'You’re in London' publication. Today we received the publication in the post and we are delighted with the quality of product and the reproduction of our advert on the back cover. It's a quality, professional publication with great content, superb distribution and, of course, the best advert on the back cover showing off our fine jewellery".
Susie Campanella, PR & Marketing Manager, Catherine Best Jewellers, London
"I found dealing with Kingfisher Media to be high-quality in every way. It was straightforward to set the advert up, and the result is excellent. The quality of the books is very high and I hope will bring good rewards, reaching the type of customers that I need”.
Iain Simpson, Owner, Reel Private Tours
"The York Army Museum is delighted to continue its association with Kingfisher
Media's ‘Welcome to York’ publication. It is the publication of choice when it comes to
spending our limited advertising budget,
where it continues to offer outstanding value for money in terms of presentation, content and audience”.
Major Graeme Green, Regimental Secretary, The Royal Dragoon Guards, York
“We are delighted with the advertising we took in the 'Welcome to Northumberland' publication. The overall look and feel of the publication is top quality and the content is relevant and engaging. We look forward to working with Kingfisher Media again when we advertise in the next edition”.
Sarah Dunne, Amble Harbour Village, Northumberland
“Our guests love these guides because they're so informative and easy to read. We get a lot of feedback from them – especially first-time visitors – about how the guides have helped them find shops, restaurants and other points of interest in the city”.
Jacklyn Glover, Housekeeping Manager, Arora International Hotel, Manchester
"I must thank you again for an excellent production of 'This is Leeds'. Having only recently taken over as General Manager at Chevin Country Park it is great to be able to read such wide and varied information about the surrounding areas. We at the hotel are delighted to continue to make the book available in all our rooms to all of our guests. Again, my thanks”.
Jurgen Kruijt, General Manager,
Chevin Country Park Hotel & Spa, Leeds
"Not long after our advert was placed in the 'This is Cardiff' guide we were very excited to receive a customer in our showroom who was staying in Cardiff for the weekend at a city hotel. They had come to Cardiff for a Wales rugby international. They read the book in the hotel room, saw our advert and decided to pay us a visit to buy a diamond ring. We got talking and I discovered they were watch connoisseurs, and so I introduced them to a couple of very expensive specialist Faberge watches which we had in stock – they loved them so much they decided to buy both of them, along with the diamond ring they originally came in for. They were delighted with the purchase of these rare watches and I was obviously very happy, too, and all due to the success of our advert in 'This is Cardiff'. This is the best response I have ever had to an advert in any publication”.
Carl Parry, Managing Director,
Clive Ranger Jewellery, Cardiff
"The ‘Welcome to South Devon’ guide really is excellent and is working for us already. We had a whole group come to the Tapas Bar for a birthday celebration last week after they saw our advert in the guide – and it had only been out for a few days!”.
Carol Naughton, Owner, The Lytehouse, Brixham
"We got an excellent response to our advert – we had a significant number of customers who came to the restaurant after seeing our advert in the publication”.
Jenny Tamas, Simply Greek Restaurant, Newcastle
"Last year we advertised in 'This is Leeds' for the very first time. We mulled over it for some time as, being a small business, we need to be certain every penny is working for us. Within days of 'This is Leeds' being published, we saw customers coming in from the hotels. Also, they were the right type of customers and the advert quickly paid for itself. It's tough deciding what to advertise in at the moment, but 'This is Leeds' has been the best value-for-money publication we have been in this year”.
Vicky Denby, Owner, Mummy & Little Me, Leeds
"‘This is Edinburgh’ is the best publication we have ever advertised in and we got a fantastic response to our advert! It does a brilliant job of representing Edinburgh and we’d recommend it to any potential advertiser”.
Lynne Hallgarth, Phoenix Falconry, Edinburgh
"As a retailer I’m always suspicious of print advertising because I never seem to know if it works or not. But I’ve had definite customer feedback from our advert in your publication. It is the ideal place to reach people who are only staying here for a few days”.
Jared Myland, OK Comics, Leeds
"I have spent three years working on various campaigns for our restaurant with Kingfisher Media. They have helped to provide our company with unique opportunities to target a new market share with the products and services we offer. Their affordable and attentive services have helped us to grow our business to new strengths year on year and that is why we would recommend them to any business looking to progress further in their industry”.
Taahir Patel, Director, Dunelm Hospitality Ltd, Durham Tees Valley
“Kingfisher Visitor Guides offer us a high-quality, value-for-money advert, which targets our desired audience, so is perfect for our needs. We have been advertising with Kingfisher for several years now, and we cannot fault the service that we receive. If the quality or service was not there, then we would not continue to advertise with Kingfisher Media, and we would look to spend our budget elsewhere. Our adverts are produced in a professional and timely manner, and the help that we have received in the preparation of artwork for inclusion in the publication is second-to-none. We are always made to feel like a valued customer and we have developed very good working relationships with the team at Kingfisher over many years”.
Chris Hope, Finance Manager, Dean Taxis Limited, Newcastle-Gateshead
“I just wanted to say I have received my copy of ‘Welcome to Kent’ and I’m really pleased with it. I love the way the whole publication looks, it’s really lovely quality with some stunning images and I think our section works really well with the layout. I would also like to say a big ‘thank you’ for all the other Thanet information you have included within the other sections, I really appreciate it. Here’s hoping it generates lots of visits to Thanet this year”.
Julie Edwards, Senior Tourism Officer, Thanet District Council, Kent
"Congratulations on an excellent publication which I am delighted to be part of. It was a pleasure doing business with your staff, and I am positive that your publication will be an asset to our marketing”.
Bruce Graham, Inchmarlo Resort & Golf Club, Aberdeen
“Just thought I’d write to say how impressed we all were with the edition of ‘This is Leeds’ you recently published. It’s a great overview of the city and its attractions – including the Victoria Quarter of course! – which I’m sure visitors to Leeds will find very useful. I thought the centre was well represented in the issue, and will certainly consider as part of our future marketing plans”.
Nicola Hanson, Victoria Quarter, Leeds
"We were delighted to feature in 'This is Birmingham'. It is a very high quality publication with a longer life than most competitive publications. We think it is invaluable for visitors to our city, and a great platform for advertisers”.
Philip Jackson, Director, Maguire Jackson Estate Agents, Birmingham
"Treasure Trails (Devon) was delighted to be invited to advertise in the inaugural ‘Welcome to South Devon’ guide. We are most impressed with the excellent quality of the guide and we are in no doubt that the guide will help to raise our profile not only within the Torbay area itself, but nationally through thousands of visitors to the area. The guide is comprehensive, informative and professionally produced”.
Sandy Tilke, Treasure Trails, Devon
"We received the 'This is Cardiff' book, and we're very pleased with it. The overall quality of the publication is great and we're very happy to be a part of it. Well done and thanks”.
Leanne Bunce, Owner, GWYDR Stained Glass Jewellery, Cardiff
"We feel that 'This is Edinburgh' is a first-class publication with many premium companies involved, and it is most definitely in keeping with our company profile".
Jayne Mitchell, Walkers Shortbread Ltd, Edinburgh
“We were so impressed with the quality of the publication 'Welcome to the Yorkshire Dales' that we felt this guide should be the only one we put in our holiday cottages since we are aiming at the same high standard”.
Leo Morris, The Saddle Room Restaurant, Coverdale
"The Fitzwilliam Museum has advertised in ‘Welcome to Cambridgeshire’ for consecutive years now. We find it a very useful tool for communicating with visitors to the city as it is available in all the main hotels, and is a top-quality publication".
Tracy Harding, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
“It is very important to make our guests feel welcome and cared for during their stay at Hilton Birmingham Metropole and a vital part of that process is to provide them with precise information on the best they can do, see and visit during their time in Birmingham".
Patrick Stapleton, General Manager, Hilton Birmingham Metropole
"An outstanding publication which actually brings the cities of Newcastle and Gateshead to life in your guest room".
Mark Winter, Front of House Manager, Hotel Indigo, Newcastle
"The ‘Welcome to Bristol’ publication will be an asset to our rooms – they look very professional and my past experience in hotels tells me that these will be very popular with our guests".
Linda Marklew, Novotel Bristol Centre