Professor Adam Blake, Bournemouth University to contribute to Great British Tourism – Brexit and Beyond Policy-UK Forum

Professor Adam Blake, Bournemouth University to contribute to Great British Tourism – Brexit and Beyond Policy-UK Forum

Great British Tourism – Brexit and Beyond
Maintaining the UK’s Competitive Edge and Supporting Local Visitor Economies

Policy-UK Forum: Thursday, 19th October 2017, 08:30 – 13.00, Central London

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With a keynote presentation from: Giles Smith Head of Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Diplomacy, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive, Airlines UK; Adrian Barsby, Chair, Welsh Tourism Alliance; Malcolm Bell, Chief Executive, Visit Cornwall; Adam Blake, Bournemouth University; John Guthrie, Employment Advisor, British Hospitality Association; Kurt Janson, Director, Tourism Alliance; Anthony Pickles, Head of Tourism Affairs, Visit Britain; Chris Veitch, Trustee, Tourism for All; Alan Wardle, Public Affairs Director, ABTA; Deirdre Wells, Chief Executive, UK Inbound; and David Weston, Chief Executive, The Bed and Breakfast Association.

Attending this event will offer an opportunity to join the debate and help shape Britain’s future tourist offer; join discussion on building a collaborative approach to developing local visitor economies and the wider tourism sector; analyse funding options for creating world class visitor experiences and products; and network with stakeholders and policy makers from across the sector.

Key issues for discussion:

  1. Brexit and Beyond – Maintaining the UK’s Competitive Edge as an International Tourist Destination: Delegates will examine the challenges and opportunities for the UK to remain competitive as an international tourist destination; next steps for building on the success of £22.1 billion tourism spend in 2015 and the foundations for growth in the Tourism Action Plain; emerging options for developing the tourism skills base; and the latest thinking on minimising the Brexit disruption to the tourism and travel sectors.
  2. Visit London, Visit England, Visit Britain – Collaboration, Regeneration and Funding – Supporting Local Visitor Economies: With over 50% of international tourist spend still restricted to London delegates will assess the latest thinking on supporting local visitor economies; building capacity and infrastructure to attract visitors and encourage inward investment and regeneration funding such as the Discover England fund; best practice collaborative approaches bringing together businesses and local authorities; and ensuring all regions are able to compete for a slice of the £19.6 billion overnight domestic spend.
  3. Red Tape & Regulation – Supporting the UK’s Tourism Sector and Going for Growth: Options for reducing red tape, developing ‘common sense’ regulation and recognising the tourism sector’s contribution to the economy and employment.

View the full agenda here.

Places have already been reserved for representative from:

Abbey Ireland and UK; Alfa Leisureplex; CalMac Ferries; Cox and Kings; Daventry District Council; Destination Bristol; DWF; Expedia; Herald Hotels; Hilton; Historic Royal Palaces; JacTravel; M Assessment Services; Made Travel; Merlin Entertainments; Tourism Northern Ireland; Unique Home Stays; and University of Northampton.

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