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About SECTA
First and foremost, SECTA represents a network of businesses with similar aims that can share experiences, pool resources and gain a voice in the wider tourism industry of the UK. All members have the opportunity to:

  • network with other members at meetings
  • promote their services to fellow members
  • keep up to date with developments in the industry at both local and national level
  • receive support and advice from officers and other members.

Who does SECTA represent?
SECTA currently represents over 100 businesses throughout South East Cornwall, including accommodation and service providers, restaurants, attractions, and those in associated trades. Our associate members include retired businesspeople who wish to maintain contact with the industry and who can offer invaluable knowledge and experience, as well as a number of regional and national organisations.

Member Services & Benefits
Since its establishment, SECTA has grown steadily in strength, profile and influence, and now brings tangible benefits to its members through partnership, promotion and services. SECTA has a voice which is respected throughout the tourism industry, and it takes a proactive stand in representing the interests of its members. Services to members include:

  • Advice and Information
    Information is circulated to members at our General Meetings and via the online Reports page; every time a new report is posted, members are sent an alert email. An equally important benefit is the opportunity to network with colleagues at General Meetings, where issues of common interest can be discussed. In addition, your Committee members are available for advice on any tourism-related issues; they may not know the answer themselves, but there is a good chance, with many years of experience in the Industry between them, and with contacts in many other organisations, that they will know where to go for help.
  • Members' Meetings
    The Association generally meets on the last Thursday of every other month at 12 noon, usually at the Hannafore Point Hotel, Marine Drive, West Looe. Meetings are held from September to May inclusive, and at some meetings speakers are invited to make presentations on a wide range of subjects of interest to members. Our AGM is held on the last Thursday in January.
    These meetings provide an invaluable opportunity for members to exchange information and debate issues of common interest. Details of forthcoming meetings are published on the Reports page.
  • SECTA Visitors' Website
    SECTA has its own visitors' website, www.secta.org.uk , which aims to attract visitors to South East Cornwall and introduce them to members' services. The website achieves very high search engine rankings; one of the key benefits enjoyed by members is an automatic free entry on the website consisting of their current business contact details. Sections include accommodation, attractions and activities. An entry on the website consists of the main listing with email and website links, plus a popup box with up to 150 additional words plus two colour photographs. Accommodation providers may also, for a small supplement, take advantage of the Late Availability service, which indicates next to their website entry that they have accommodation available during the current week.
  • Accommodation Inspection
    For the benefit of visitors and members alike, SECTA aims to maintain quality standards among its accommodation providers, using as a bench¨mark the minimum standards which were required by the Cornwall Tourist Board. To this end, SECTA requires, as a condition of membership, that members providing accommodation pass an inspection. If a member has not already passed inspection by any other organisation, such as the AA, South West Tourism (SWT) or any other body inspecting under the National Quality Assurance Scheme (NQAS), then they may join Quality in Cornwall a SECTA inspection scheme approved by Visit Cornwall. Details of the scheme can be found here.
  • Green Acorn Award
    SECTA introduced the SECTA Green Acorn Award Scheme, a voluntary 'green tourism' Award scheme specifically for members. The project gives recognition to those who want to do more to reduce the impact of their businesses, and that of their guests, on the environment. It is a valuable marketing tool. Details of the scheme can be found here.
  • South East Cornwall in Bloom
    The work put in by members in their gardens and floral displays at their business premises is of great importance. In recognition of this, SECTA organises and operates the annual South East Cornwall in Bloom Awards Competition, which is open to all members whatever the size of their business. Eight categories of award and several special judges' awards are given every year. Awards are also given for the best town, small village and large village, as well as for the best commercial property in the five towns of Caradon: Looe, Liskeard, Callington, Saltash and Torpoint. These awards are given in recognition of the enhancement by floral displays to the local community and the tourism industry.

Joining SECTA

Enquiries about joining SECTA can be made to either the Membership Secretary or the Chairman.

SECTA aims to ensure that new members are mentored, if they so wish, by existing members in a similar business or area. This mentoring takes the form of providing an initial point of contact for new members, encouraging them to take part in the networking opportunities that SECTA provides, and answering any questions that a new member may have.

Membership Fees
Basic membership fee: £50.00
Additional businesses: £25.00

Membership Registration Form
If you would like to join SECTA, please download the Membership Registration Form. Complete the form, print it, and send it to the Membership Secretary at the address given. Please enclose a cheque for the appropriate amount made payable to SECTA.

More information
If you would like to discuss joining SECTA, or any other aspect of membership, please contact the Chairman.

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