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What's next for Destinations?

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18th February 2021

The following notes are taken from the discussions during the TMI zoom call on 28th January and comments received in advance of the event. We have tried to summarise the key points and issues.

We are very keen to hear your views on what  you think we should do next? Particularly members who have expertise they’d like to offer to discuss a particular issue and to consider how we jointly solve some of the challenges? If you have any thoughts or comments on ways in which the To…

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Could 2021 Be the Year We Develop off-Peak Tourism?

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17th March 2021

Are you looking forward to the end of June and possible lifting of lockdown, or focusing on November?

Why would I even mention November when we’re still living day to day, week to week? Over the last year planning anything in advance has been hard. Many of us are struggling to think beyond the end of lockdown. Remember when we talked about ‘build back better’?

Most of us are just content to still be here, let alone full of energy for creating new ways of working. But I do thin…

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Staycations: can miracles come true?

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Whilst “zoom”, “pivot” and “unprecedented” might be the words of the moment, “staycation” can’t be too far behind, with nearly every travel programme, article and blog highlighting the fact that staycations are the only game in town for the UK tourism industry this year.

In truth, UK destinations have benefitted not only from 28% inbound visitor growth in the eight years between 2011 and 2019, but also, according to VisitBritain, from 18% growth in domestic tourism trips within Great Britain ov…

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How Can DMOs Prepare for the Road to Recovery After Coronavirus

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10th April 2020

Thank you to Simpleview, our main sponsor, who have written an incredibly helpful guest blog for us.  It is really worth a read.

Coronavirus has obviously taken its toll on the global travel sector over the last few months but we're starting to see more and more destinations and providers being innovative and proactive when it comes to communicating with their target markets.  How the travel sector responds to the coronavirus crisis will have a huge impact on how quic…

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Coronavirus: The Canary in the Coal Mine of the World Economy?

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13th March 2020

Tom Buncle, Yellow Railroad, has written a very informative and interesting blog on Coronavirus and the TMI is featuring it here as a guest blog this month.

It feels strange to be writing about the impact of Coronavirus on the world economy when its full anticipated impact on the health of the country from which I write, the UK, has yet to be felt. But it has already had a significant impact on business around the world, and not least the travel business. How it will pan out re…

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In Memoriam Peter Dahl, First President of TMI

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8th November 2019

It is with great sadness that I share the news that Peter Dahl died on 22 October 2019. Peter was the first President of TMI, first ever Fellow of TMI, and the man who, more than anyone else, steered this organisation through its transition from British Association of Tourism Officers (BATO) to its incorporation as TMI in May 1997. All this whilst carrying on the day job first as Deputy Director, then Director of Leisure and Amenities at Scarborough Borough Council. It was a p…

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Placement Experience at Cromford Mills

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28th May 2019

My placement was completed at Cromford Mills (Derbyshire), and I was lucky enough to be offered a paid role with them following this. Cromford was Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill that opened in 1771, and the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill. The site has moved on since Arkwright’s time and is now a visitor attraction with a café. My role is as a Visitor Engagement Assistant (VEA), and it’s very exciting to be stood somewhere where 100’s of mill worker…

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In Memoriam Simon Curtis

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11th March 2019

Simon was always very passionate about his career in Tourism and Heritage and a true professional, so it is only fitting to reflect on the many projects that Simon was involved in during his career, and the immense impact that he has had on so many of his work colleagues, many of whom are here today.

Simon started his career in 1989 as a tourism consultant at Touche Ross, (a company which subsequently merged with Deloitte). This was following a degree in Geography – (a subject,…

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England's Literary Greats Discover England Fund Project

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18th September 2018

The £40m Discover England Fund (DEF) has been one of the few opportunities for destinations to collectively bid for internationally focused product development grant funding in recent years.  This meant that there was an obvious opportunity to exploit the tourism potential of famous literary figures such as Shakespeare and Jane Austen as they have a significant following across the world and in the United States in particular.  The Shakespeare 400th and Jane Austen 200th ann…

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Forty horses, twenty riders, and two sunny days in Queen Victoria's backyard

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29th July 2018

Anyone working in a heritage attraction will know the challenge of delivering exciting and captivating events within a carefully managed historic environment. The requirement to generate additional commercial income and deliver a quality visitor experience needs to be balanced against the historic context of the site and the need to preserve the historic fabric and collection.

This was the same challenge we faced when making the decision to hold a Horse Trials event at Osborne H…

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