Wimbledon is world-renowned as the home of championship tennis. For that reason – as well as many others – it is firmly on the map of tourists visiting from all over the world, as well as tourists from within the UK. With so many additional tourist attractions, such as the AELTC Museum, Wimbledon Windmill, Wimbledon Village, Wimbledon Common, Cannizaro House as well as great restaurants, beautiful architecture, the Wimbledon Way walk and many other attractions to discover, one might expect there to be a dedicated tourist bureau in the town centre or an online tourist information centre.
The absence of either, led black cab driver, Andrzej Rodziewicz, to launch the Wimbledon Visitor website 15 years go. ‘As a cab driver, the most common question I am asked is where is the tourist bureau? For someone planning a trip to Wimbledon, there was no dedicated website where people could find information about accommodation, tourist attractions, transport and local events. I recognised this as an opportunity to create Wimbledon Visitor, which is effectively an online tourism centre,’ Andrzej said.
‘I created Wimbledon Visitor to be a one-stop shop for tourists planning their visit. On the site tourists will find a directory of local hotels, B&Bs as well as information about the top attractions, galleries, walks, transport, weather and of course, the tennis.
‘We average around 6,000 hits per month on the website. Most people are interested in finding quality accommodation and learning about what Wimbledon has to offer in addition to tennis,’ Andrzej said.
More than 100,000 visitors come to Wimbledon during the tennis championship fortnight and having a place where they can find accommodation, plan things to see and do in addition to the tennis and places to eat out, is essential. ‘It’s great to be able to offer people a service that will enable them to discover more about what Wimbledon has to offer and to enhance their experience in Wimbledon.’
For the past three and a half years, tourists have also been able to see someone in person at the Love Wimbledon help desk in Centre Court and the Wimbledon Library Visitor information Centre but for those planning a trip in advance, Wimbledon Visitor remains the most comprehensive online accommodation directory and guide to Wimbledon’s attractions. ‘It’s all about promoting the great attractions, restaurants and accommodation Wimbledon has to offer,’ Andrzej said.