Impressions of TMI AC Manchester 2017
18th December 2017
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Sorry for the late blog! It has been a stop start situations since the TMI annual convention back in October. I will have to blame my dissertation and a broken finger on the lack of blogging but here it is at last!
At my first TMI convention you could have used the abbreviation for TMI in texting language, TMI (Too much Information) – I felt completely over loaded with information and some of it sounded like a foreign language to me. Now however TMI is very much just the Tourism Management Institute with the odd foreign word thrown in.
This year the TMI Annual Convention was hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University. It was my first time to the north west, having been born and raised in Scotland and now at university in Plymouth and living on the Isle of Wight I've never ventured near Manchester and boy it wasn't anything like what I was expecting. The city itself is bright, buzzing, new, being regenerated and overall a pretty pleasant area. Who knew it is the third most visited city in the U.K. after London and Edinburgh? Well not me until very recently!
The convention itself held all of the familiar faces, with a huge variety of speakers and topics covered it was an incredible learning experience and a friendly welcoming environment as always. For me the highlight was the talks given by Visit England. The networking opportunities were fantastic with a great ‘speed dating/professional dating’ session. Copious amounts of tea and coffees, and a huge variety of speakers. I really enjoyed the walking tour of the city which gave me much more of an insight to an area I have never visited before but will definitely be back to.
Right, back to the dissertation I go. If anyone would like to offer me a graduate job for next year that would be absolutely fantastic! Stay in tune for another blog from Cassie, your other student rep, on her placement year with Visit Eastborne.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for the New Year.