In conversation with colleagues it has become apparent that not all the senior officer/practitioner representatives of every English DMO have necessarily received an invitation directly to the VB/VE English Destination Forum (EDF) on 13 November or have seen the newsletter version. Invitations may have gone astray, have been missed or have gone to other colleagues within our organisation, if indeed individual invitations were sent out on this occasion? With this in mind I am reproducing the newsletter calling notice which I received below, so that if have been missed out or have missed it, for whatever reason, you can sort out your attendance and/or make sure that you’re on the VE, DMO/EDF list for any future direct correspondence.
In the meantime, I have been asked, along with others, on the closed VE LinkedIn EDF group to suggest topics for inclusion in the agenda. I have already suggested the Tourism Industry Strategy, subject to issues around the proximity to any possible announcement on Budget day (22nd Nov) and I intend to suggest a full briefing and discussion on the emerging 3 year (fixed?) VB/VE marketing plans, although a subject of such potential importance that I can’t envisage it not already being included.
I have a number of other possible subjects from our list of lobbying issues to offer up, including future funding mechanisms for DMOs and managing the unintended impacts of OTA, sharing and GIG economy on destination and destination management, which in the absence of anything else more immediately pressing or directly related to VB/VE own activities, I will also suggest. I suspect that these may be seen as being too potentially contentious for a VB/VE sponsored event? If you have any pressing agenda items you would like to see included, regardless of whether you are attending or not, then please let me know ASAP so I can offer them up.
From a VE Newsletter of 26 September: