TMI Convention 11 - 12 October 2023 

Full 2 Day Event Programme 


13.00 Informal gathering TBC 

13.15/13.30 Choice of one of two exciting guided tours – hosted by Boston Borough and East Lindsey District Councils and light lunch. 

TOUR 1  

Coach Journey and Walking 

Boston Lincolnshire Tour 

Surrounded by picturesque rural countryside, Boston is Lincolnshire’s true hidden gem. Nestled in the south of the county, Boston is a stone’s throw from both peaceful coastlines and rural bliss. 

Boston is well known for the outstanding history and heritage. In the historic town centre, you can marvel at the scale and beauty of  St.Botolph’s, or more famously known as 'Boston Stump. This marvellous building has been a sacred place of worship and hospitality for over 700 years. The inside of the church is simply stunning t and it also has one of the tallest medieval towers in the country, boasting a staggering 272 feet high structure. 

St Botolph’s story is one deeply ingrained within Boston's history; it has been used as a landmark by sailors and travellers for centuries. 

The tour will also discuss the plans for Boston 400 2030. Boston 400 will enable the town and the sub-region to deliver a transformation of opportunity for the next generation of young people. It will act as a milestone for the South & East Lincolnshire Council’s Partnership shared cultural framework, and put culture at the heart of regenerating people and place. 


Coach Journey and Walking 

Skegness Tour 

Skegness is the quintessential home of the British seaside. Home to the first Butlins; built here in 1936 and remaining a popular holiday spot for families offering fun-packed day visits and holidays. Skegness has been a seaside vacationers' favourite for over 100 years, Skegness Pier is in fact over 100 years old and at the time of its build was the fourth longest in England. Skegness beach holds the prestigious Blue Flag award meaning that it is amongst the cleanest in the world.  

By night, the town boasts great entertainment for all ages including regular big name shows at the Embassy Theatre

However, thanks to an incredible injection of funding via Towns Fund and Arts Council, Skegness is embarking on an exciting period of cultural regeneration and inward investment. Skegness is one of five towns and cities entering a new partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) aimed at raising the aspirations of young people and having a positive impact on their learning, employment opportunities and wellbeing. 

Our tour will include an overview of the Cultural Plans for the town, as well as sampling the delights of one of the UK’s most iconic seaside resorts. 

EVENING 6.30pm onwards - Venue:  Lincoln Cathedral  

  • 6.00pm:     Welcome Drink/networking  
  • 6.30pm:     Tours of the cathedral 
  • 7.15pm:          AGM    
  • 7.45pm:          Guest speaker – Liz Bates - Head of Programme – Strategy Implementation 

National Lottery Heritage Fund 

  • 8.15 pm Networking supper 
  • 9:30pm TBC 


Destination Reinvention 

Main Convention at Lincoln University (Optional Hybrid Zoom Attendance) 

8.45 Registration - networking and refreshments 

9.25   – Welcome - TMI President Tom Pridmore 

9.30  –   Welcome - Professor Neal Juster, Vice Chancellor of the University of Lincoln

9.35  –  Welcome - Charlotte Goy, Chief Executive - Destination Lincolnshire 

9.45 David Edwards – Founder Scattered Clouds - ‘trends impacting current and future tourism demand’ 

10.05 Kevin Millington – Sponsor Acorn T – Stats - Data insights and unlocking your destination 

10.25 Chris Thompson, CEO, You. Smart. Thing. – How Leading DMOs are Implementing ‘Attract & Disperse’ to Balance Environmental and Economic Impacts.

10.45 Simpleview – headline sponsor 

11.05 Networking and refreshments 

11.35 Breakout sessions 1 

Main Room 

Voltshare - destination charging presentation, how it adds value to the businesses. 

Break Out Meeting Room 

Amanda Lumley - Chief Executive of Destination Plymouth -  SW data hub project 

11.55 5 minute changeover  

12.00 Breakout sessions 2 

Main Room - 

Anna Hunt, Area Manager, South England & Steve Gill, Area Manager, UK/IE Chains and Home

'Business sustainably and building a culture of sustainability'


Break Out Meeting room 

Mike Newman – B2B - travel trade engagement and digital transformation

12.25 - Main Room - Dr. Agnieszka Rydzik - Associate Professor / Visitor Economy Research Group Lead, University of Lincoln - launching the Good Student Employer Charter for visitor economy businesses in Lincolnshire.

12.30 Networking lunch 

13.30 – Ian Thomas – North East England Destination Development Partnership (DDP)  pilot update. 

13.50 –  Lindsay Rae - Deputy Director and Head of Industry Engagement, Marketing Derbyshire &Peak District - An update on gaining LVEP status

14.05 England’s Sustainable Tourism Landscape - where are we now?

Panel discussion chaired by Becky Frall, Head of Tourism, West Midlands Growth Company, to include case studies from:

·         Lydia Rusling, Assistant Director Economic Growth, South & East Lincolnshire Councils Partnership

·         Natalie Semley, Senior Lecturer, Sustainable Tourism Management, Falmouth University

·         Amy Summers, Sustainable Travel, Trade & Exhibitions Manager, Visit Isle of Wight

14.50 Afternoon break/networking 

15.20  Laura BackHouse – DCMS State of Sector Shared Prosperity Opportunities. 

15.40  – AI  & the Tourism Sector - Dr Danni Wang University of Lincoln

16.00 – Richard Toomer – Tourism Alliance - State of Sector

16.20 President close 

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