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TMI Annual Convention 2018, Bristol                        

Morning Session - 15th October – Practitioner/Student Summit - Armada House, Telephone Avenue, BS1 4BQ

10.30-10.55 Registration and tea, coffee and biscuits

10.55-11.00 Welcome from Robin Barker, TMI President and Dr Fiona Jordan, Associate Dean for External Engagement, University of the West of England.  Handover to chair Tom Pridmore, Ribble Valley Tourism

11.00-11.20 Gemma Edmonds, Springboard UK – Mentoring for Graduates and Graduate Career Opportunities in the Tourism and Hospitality Sector 

11.20-11.40 Cassie Stewart, TMI Student Rep – a Year in Eastbourne.

11.40-12.00 Dr Dan Knox, University of West of England - The Creative Industries and the Co-Creation of Touristic Experiences: Creative Tourism in Bristol. 

12.00-12.20 Heather Cowper, professional blogger and founder of Heatheronhertravels.com, “Top tips for working with bloggers and influencers”.

12.20-12.45 Natalie Parsons,Crieff Hydro -"The Good, the bad and the ugly" -  Natalie explores life after graduation

12.45-13.00 Q and A

13.00-14.15 Lunch and speed networking

Afternoon Session - 15th October - Study tours/walks

To meet outside Armada at 14.15, departing at 14.30.  All tours must be prebooked.

Study Tour 1 - The development of Bristol’s Historic Harbourside

Undoubtedly one of the jewels in Bristol’s crown, the historic harbourside has evolved from the one of the world’s busiest trading posts to an iconic visitor destination.  Learn more about this exciting destination, including a boat trip exploring the harbour itself.

Study Tour 2 - The growth in Bristol’s hotel market

Bristol has seen continued and steady growth of its hotels, transforming the city in the last 20 years with office conversions, new builds and bringing old buildings back to life.  A walking tour exploring some of these venues and their stories.

Study Tour 3 - World class food and drink destination

Bristol’s reputation as a food and drink destination has been growing for a number of years and its reputation for quality restaurants with seasonal, locally sourced food in innovative restaurants has now been enhanced by a vibrant brewery scene to join its cocktail culture and cider city status.  Take a tour of some of the hotspots and meet people behind this evolution – places are limited to 15

17.00 Return from study tours 

Evening Session - 15th October - Shore Bar, Bristol Hotel, Prince St, BS1 4QF

18-18.30 TMI AGM (all members invited)

18.30-19.30 TMI National Council 

19.30 Drinks, supper and networking, Shore Bar, Bristol Hotel

16th October – Convention Day - SS Great Britain – Great Eastern Hall, BS1 6TY

08.15 Open for sponsors

09.00-09.25 Registration, tea, coffee, pastries, networking

09.25-09.30 TMI President - Welcome

09.30-09.40 John Hirst, VisitBristol - Welcome

09.40-10.00 Matthew Tanner, SS Great Britain - Building Resilience through the Creative Management of a Heritage Attraction

10.00-10.45 Policy Panel - Kate Nichols, UK Hospitality, Stephen Darke, DCMS, Anthony Pickles, VisitBritain, Carolyn Custerson, English Riviera and Chair Robin Barker TMI

10.45-10.55 Panel Q and A

10.55-11.20 Tea, coffee, biscuits, networking        

11.20-11.40 Hayley Armstrong, Creative England -How to make the most of the thriving Film & TV Industry

11.40-12.10 Simon Quin, Institute of Place Management - The Future of the High Street

12.10-12.35 Samantha Groom, Perfect Events Group - Recognising events for their ability to deliver significant economic stimulation, community development and destination marketing

12.35-12.55 Samantha Richardson, National Coastal Academy - England’s Coast Project

12.55-13.00 Q and A

13.00-13.05 Presentation to Bethany Warren - David Hughes Memorial award winner

13.00-14.00 Lunch and networking

14.00-15.10 - Workshops (all choices must be prebooked)

Workshop 1

Developing Cultural Partnerships - Martin Pople, Bristol and Bath Cultural Destinations and Alex Saint, Creative Tourist Consults

Workshop 2

Creative Use of Digital Media - Simon Jones and Anthony Rawlins, Digital Visitor, Lydia Rusling and Joel Murray, Visit Lincoln  

Workshop 3

Arts Trails - Ian Thomas, Newcastle Gateshead Initiative and Ruth McAllister, Wild in Art

15.10-15.30 Tea, coffee, biscuits and networking

15.30-15.55 Jon Young, BDRC - Holiday Trends in the UK – Domestic and Inbound

15.55-16.10 President final words/convention close

16.15-17.00 Free guided tour of SS Great Britain for delegates (places are limited and need to be pre booked). You will have the opportunity to tour Brunel's SS Great Britain, one of the most important historic shops in the world, with a knowledgeable event stewards. You can discover how Isambard Kingdom Brunel revolutionised travel, setting new standards in engineering, reliability and speed that changed the world. You will also hear stories about the crew and passengers who sailed on this remarkable ship and her return to the very dock she was built in.

Programme and timings may be subject to change

To book your place at the convention click here or to find out about the ticket prices click here.  If you have any questions please contact events@tmi.org.uk.