Main Convention at Teesside University – The Hub (Optional Hybrid Zoom Attendance) 

The Hub - Teesside University is the location for the day and is in the heart of Middlesbrough and provides an outstanding experience to students.  

The town-centre campus has undergone over £275m of recent investment, including simulated practice environments and one of the country's best teaching and learning environments in all digital aspects of computing, design and media  

Named University of the Year for Social Inclusion by The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022, Teesside University is committed to ensuring students thrive whatever their age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, marital status, nationality or any other characteristic.  

8.45 Registration - networking and refreshments 

9.25 Welcome – Amanda Lumley, TMI President  

9.40 Welcome Tees Valley Combined Authority

9.45 Happy People create the best cultures - Dr Vikki Barnes, author of ‘Free Happiness: The art and science of positivity’ 

10.00 The New Excellence - Deborah Heather, Quality International Assessment Services

10.15 The Commonwealth Games - a destination perspective – Becky Frall, Head of Tourism, West Midlands Growth Company 

10.30 Tourism Industry resilience and cyber crime – research and case study - Darren Seward NFU Mutual New Forest, Isle of Wight and Bournemouth 

10.45 Income Generation for destinations through gift vouchers – Clare Bushby, Clockwork Marketing 

11.00 TXGB

11.05 Networking and refreshments 

11.30 Breakout sessions 1 

Main Room

  • Managing Destinations Sustainably: How Mobile apps can help - Tanuvi Ethunandan, CEO Data Duopoly and Big vs Small data for DMOs - Shaon Talukder, GeoTourist 

Breakout meeting room

  • OR ''Are we bouncing back? Making sense if post pandemic data from around the country?" - Kevin Millington, Acorn Tourism 

12.05 5 minute changeover  

12.10 Breakout sessions 2 

Main room

  • Simpleview workshop  


Break out meeting room

  • The challenges facing Further/Higher education - Dr Peter Robinson, Head of the Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Management, Leeds Beckett University 

12.40 Networking lunch 

13.40 – Shared Prosperity Opportunities -  Duncan Parish, Deputy Director Tourism & Cultural Diplomacy DCMS

14.00 Policy Panel - short presentations on Tourism Policy and Priorities then Q and A hosted by Robin Barker FTMI

  • Engaging with the community – Gill Haigh, Managing Director of Cumbria Tourism 
  • Tourism priorities – Kurt Janson FTMI, former Director of the Tourism Alliance 
  • Patricia Yates, Chief Executive - Visit Britain. 

15.00 Networking and refreshments  

15.25 Sustainable Destinations – Celebrating Good Practice and Successful Partnerships
Dr Natalie Semley, Lecturer in Sustainable Tourism Management, Falmouth University and
Eden Project, Alison Burgh, TMI Head of Sustainability, and TMI student ambassadors

15.55 VisitBritain news and priorities - Patricia Yates, Chief Executive - Visit Britain. 

16.15 President close 

Please note that this programme is subject to change and will be continuously updated up the convention