Annual Conference report 20/21 June 2016

The British Destinations’ 2016 Annual Conference  entitled “Making Destination Management pay its way” was held in Southport   19th/20th – 21st June 2016 at the Ramada Plaza hotel.

In the view of delegates it was a highly successful event; one non-member representative said of it:

“All involved in delivering this conference from Peter to all the presenters should take a bow. Excellent presentations, all delivered in an engaging and thoughtful way. Extremely useful to understand how different areas are responding to the challenges of destination development and management. If you didn’t attend, you missed a truly valuable experience”.

The full programme text can be accessed at: Conference programme 2016.  and the programme cover at : front cover 2016 revisedBack Page 2016

Our speaker’s detail in appearance order, with links to individual presentations are:

Monday – 13:45 to 17:15:

Mark Catherall Service Head – Tourism Sefton Council: BD Presentation Sefton

Kurt Janson Director Tourism Alliance: BD Tourism Alliance

Richard Veal Managing Director (UK)- New Mind tellUs: BD New Mind

Tuesday – 09:00 to 12:45:

Nick Brooks-Sykes Director of Tourism – Marketing Manchester: BD Marketing Manchester

Peter Sandman Head of Visitor Economy Development Liverpool City Region LEP: BD Liverpol City Region LEP

Andrew Stokes Interim Head Visit England – Visit Britain: BD VisitEngland

Elizabeth Byron – Policy Adviser Coastal Communities Team DCLG:  a verbal brief and discussion.  Latest UK wide application detail can be accessed at:

With thanks to our conference sponsors: