TOURISM businesses in the Isle of Wight fear their profits could be slashed by almost £50m this year - and the council has been blamed for the shortfall.
Isle of Wight's Chamber of Commerce, Tourism and Industry claim the predicted revenue plummet lies on the shoulders of the council for doing little to promote the island. Chamber chief executive Kevin Smith said: 'The industry across all sectors is experiencing a slow start; most other areas are flat or slightly below average. But our visitor attractions are tell-ing us that they are 40 per cent down. There should not really be disparity between us and other areas.'