A group of stamp collectors from across the UK visited Jersey this week to see the places that have inspired their collections.
The five day visit was a result of a package Jersey Post put together with local travel company, C.I. Travel Group. As well as a full day tour of the island, taking in some of the iconic scenes that feature on Jersey stamps, the stamp collectors enjoyed tours of Jersey Post headquarters at Rue Des Pres and a visit to the main Post Office in Broad Street.
Chris Evans, General Manager at C.I. Travel Group’s Travtel brand, said ‘We have had considerable success working with local companies that offer unique Jersey experiences and on-island products; promoting the island to eager collectors of Jersey stamps was a natural opportunity to extend our collection of travel packages that appeal to people who have an affinity with the island and are keen to visit.’
This is the first time Jersey Post have been involved with a tour like this and feedback from the visiting group has been extremely positive:
‘I thought it was fantastic,’ said Mr Philip Foad from Herne Bay in Kent. ‘Everyone’s been so welcoming; they’ve really looked after us. The tour of the postal headquarters was a brilliant experience. I’ve learnt a lot this week!’
Christine James visited the island from West Yorkshire with her husband who’s an avid collector of Jersey stamps. She said, ‘As a non-collector, I wasn’t sure what to expect but it has been really interesting. Everyone’s so lovely and helpful. It’s given us a taste of Jersey and I would love to come back again soon.’
Jersey Stamps are seen by people all over the world and Jersey Post is excited to see them promoting interest in the island as a visitor destination. Rachel Norris, Philatelic Marketing Executive at Jersey Post commented, ‘Stamp collectors are extremely passionate about their hobby and, of course, it follows that many collectors would have an interest in the place from which their stamps originate. We’re very happy to have played a part in bringing these people over to Jersey and giving them such a positive experience and it’s certainly something we would look to do again in the future.’