11:20AM, Friday 28 March 2014
Visitors are returning to Windsor as memories of the flooding start to fade.
The Royal Borough's visitor manager Julia White was able to pass on the good news when she spoke at a meeting of the council's visitor management forum on Tuesday.
The floods hit half term holiday visitor numbers in February, as people gained the false impression from television images that Windsor was entirely cut off.
Julia said: "We had calls asking if it was possible to get in, were car parks open?
"In fact some car parks did have to close and there was rail disruption."
But she said a grant from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport had helped finance an active campaign to let the rest of the world know that Windsor was back to normal.
She said: "Images of flooding here had a particular impact on Germany and we have been working hard to mitigate that and get the business back in time for Easter."
She said that social media was proving the way forward in getting news of recovery to the rest of the world.
Chris French from French Brothers passenger boat company, based in Clewer Court Road, Windsor said that business was returning to normal there too after the cancellation of river trips in February.
He said: "You have to work with the water, not fight it.
"River levels are safe again and people are seeing the sun out, picking up the phone and calling us again."
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