Annual conference 15 November update

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With three weeks to go before the joint Tourism Alliance, Tourism Society and British Destinations Annual Conference at the Royal Over Seas League, London on Monday 15th November we have, between us, already secured strong bookings from a wide group of private sector business interests, academia and consulting and from public, private and public/private sector destination management, among others tourism industry interest groups. Bringing together the diverse memberships of these three representative trade and professional bodies is of course a USP of this annual event and one that all most unequally facilitates exceptionally wide cross sector fertilisation of views and opinion on key strategic tourism issues of the day. The outline is: 9.30 for 10 am to 3pm, followed by a Parliamentary Reception 4pm to 6pm in the Member’s Dining Room in the House of Commons,

For those in British Destinations membership, the programme looks at a number of key issues for destinations and destination management. However, for me, the opportunity to hear Nick De Bois speak about the destination review in England and to ask pertinent questions of him about his intent and the vision behind his recommendations to Government, is a golden opportunity. And especially so in what will be the period immediately after the headline CSR announcements are known and just as some of consequential detail will have, or will start to, emerge. If you are keen on better understanding and therefore being in a position to better influence the outcome of the review, then this is definitely the place be on the 15th November.

If you are able to attending the conference and then go on to the associated Parliamentary reception, it might also be an opportune time to ask your local MPs to try and attend this event, (their Parliamentary offices will have received an invitation). Newly refreshed and updates by the content of the day’s conference sessions, it would be a perfect time for you to discuss your views with them on the DMO review, and other key issues. If your own MPs aren’t in attendance, plenty of others will be there to for you to engage with.

More detail of the excellent range of speakers and topics, together with links to the booking platform are available on under the conference menu tab, or go direct to the page at:

I am grateful to British Destinations’ event’s sponsor Quality in Tourism for their continued support for this and other member benefits and activities.


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