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Thanks to our sponsors

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We are very grateful to our sponsors who make TMI events possible and affordable. TMI Annual Convention 2021 was made possible by our hugely supportive sponsors: Simpleview, TXGB and Quality in Tourism 

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Since 2001, Simpleview has empowered more than 900 DMOs with customised tools, knowledge and creativity to help tell these destinations' unique stories.  It was great to have the support of headline TMI Sponsors Simpleview at the Convention this year. Managing Director Richa…

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TMI Annual Convention 2021 - Heading Towards Sustainable Destinations

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TMI would like to thank everyone involved for helping to make our first Hybrid Annual Convention such a successful event.  

We had an incredible lineup and facilitated some very engaged discussions about how to get to the heart of DMOs' sustainable tourism strategies. 

We would like to thank our excellent sponsors and very esteemed guest speakers. 

Thank you to everyone who joined us in Coventry, those who joined us online and to Coventry for hosting us so superbly. Coventry is City of…

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English Riviera is Poised for a Post-Covid Recovery with Simpleview's Support

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Simpleview has been tasked with the delivery of a new all singing, all dancing destination website which will sit at the heart of everything that the English Riviera does online and act as a springboard for a dramatic post-Covid recovery.  

The English Riviera is a coastal destination in the county of Devon, consisting of three key resorts, Torquay, Paignton and Brixham, and the smaller village of Babbacombe.  

The website is one of the English Riviera Business Improvement District…

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TMI announces winners of the 2021 Student Awards

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The Tourism Management Institute (TMI) – the professional organisation for people studying and working in tourism destination management - is delighted to announce the winners of the 2021 TMI Student Awards.

Our joint winners of the 2021 David Hughes Memorial Award (for undergraduates) are as follows: 

  • Lewis Rodger of Glasgow Caledonian University &
  • Sophie Elliott of Sheffield Hallam University

Lewis, who has just graduated with a BA (Hons) in International Events Management, succe…

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Thank you to Jude Leitch

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TMI would like to thank Jude very much for all her work on behalf of the TMI and its members, particularly as former TMI Chair. 

Jude was Director of Tourism at Northumberland Tourism, and also chaired the National Rural Tourism Group, lobbying government for changes to benefit tourism businesses and support to help rural tourism areas compete.

In 2018 Northumberland was crowned ‘Best County/Destination’ in the British Tourism Awards, establishing the county as Britain’s favourite ‘stayca…

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Time for local authorities to make self-certification a dirty word, says Director of Quality in Tourism

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2nd February 2021

If the pandemic has shown us one thing, it is that an obsession with cleanliness may extend beyond our current routine. Indeed, it might just become permanently hardwired into our DNA when we emerge from it all. Yet this is no bad thing. And as far as local authorities are concerned, they all must ensure that landlords, hospitality operators and agencies – anyone involved in welcoming visitors back to their establishments post-Covid – make true cleanliness their number one pri…

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When Might Things Get Back to Normal?

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2nd February 2021

I have just published my latest ‘COVID-19: From Survival to Recovery’ update summarising the most recent research findings and commentary on how the UK hotel and visitor accommodation sector is being impacted by the pandemic. This latest update shows a less optimistic outlook for when things might get back to normal for the industry. While the positive news about the vaccination programme resulted in improved consumer confidence at the beginning of December, the news about the…

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Recommended Podcasts

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21st January 2021

Given the current pressures, it's hard to make time for professional development (although we're all getting pretty good at juggling...).

Podcasts can offer entertainment and fresh ideas, perhaps while you complete a mundane task. Here are some of our suggestions. If you have any of your own recommendations, we'd love to hear about them.


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Arrivederci 2020 and an Apprehensive Welcome to 2021

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19th January 2021

Tom Buncle has dusted off the Yellow Railroad crystal ball to identify twelve of the most potent influences likely to shape the resurgence of travel in 2021 – one for every month of the year.

Pfizer/BioNTech, Astra Zeneca and Moderna are being touted as the ‘get-out-of-jail’ cards for a return to normal life. And 2021 looks like being the year when we will surface into the light of a new future from the gloom of COVID-19 and its associated restrictions. But what will vaccinat…

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Tourism after COVID-19: Dodo or Phoenix?

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28th April 2020

Tom Buncle, Yellow Railroad, has written a second in a series of blogs about the future of tourism following coronavirus.   It is well worth a read.
 

Many consider prediction strictly ‘for the birds’…….but which bird? After this virus is over, will tourism die a death like the dodo? Or will it be reborn like a phoenix in a form we can’t even contemplate at the moment? As ever, the answer probably lies somewhere in between these two extremes. But it does seem we are in the midst…

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