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TMI Conferences for 2020

TMI Conferences for 2020


Following a stimulating tour by our acting Events Chair, we are delighted to announce venues and provisional dates for TMI’s 2020 Conferences:

HOT TOPIC – The Palace Theatre and National Civil War Centre, Newark on Trent – Wednesday 13 May (with study tour and informal networking on 12 May)


Newark is a fascinating and compact market town with great stories to tell and excellent connectivity with two rail lines, the cross-roads of the A1 and A46, and the River Trent.  The Palace Theatre and Civil War Centre, which are ‘joined-as-one’ with a major investment story to tell and great access, are also on the ‘Civil War’ walking trail, as well as being close to the ‘Pubs in Newark Together’ group of ten top town-centre pubs.


Our planned theme for the conference is ‘Marketing to the Older Population’ – an idea that arose in feedback from the 2019 Annual Convention and which has already proved popular.


ANNUAL CONVENTION – Teesside University and The Hippodrome in Darlington – Monday and Tuesday 5 and 6 October


Tees Valley has a huge range of regeneration stories to tell, many of them following the recent creation of Enjoy Tees Valley as the region’s DMO and their vision for City of Culture 2025.  The Darlington Hippodrome is a stunning building benefitting from a £13 million restoration completed last year, and we’re planning an evening event in ‘Head of Steam’ alongside Locomotion number 1 – George and Robert Stephenson’s first passenger hauling locomotive.


The Student Summit on 5 October will be in the Darlington campus of Teesside University, 8 minutes walk from the Hippodrome with Darlington Station a further 8 minutes on.  Darlington itself benefits from fast mainline trains from London, Birmingham and Newcastle as well as proximity to the A1 and Newcastle airport.


As always, the Convention will cover a wide range of themes of relevance to destination management.




Please could you help us without delay with the following:


  1. Please put both dates in your diary, and contact us without delay if you know of any major diary clashes
  2. Please nominate relevant speakers or topics for either event (maybe including yourself)
  3. Introduce us to any likely sponsors
  4. Share the news with colleagues who may like to attend or join


The best contact email is events@tmi.org.uk


Robin Barker

TMI Conferences for 2020