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Ofcom Consultation: Promoting Competition and Investment in Fibre Networks

Ofcom are consulting on how it could promote investment in full fibre and gigabit capable broadband. This will be of particular interest to tourism businesses in rural and seaside areas where the need for investment is greatest. The consultation is open until 7 June

Date: 14th May 2019

Mapping International Visitors

Thanks to Kurt Janson, Tourism Alliance, for this fascinating update on a very exciting piece of work by London First where they have worked with partners such as Mastercard, Airbnb and London and Partners to track spending by international visitors to London. This work starts to really show the power of big data in mapping where visitors go, what they do and what they spend their money on while in the country. The data can be used to track movement and expenditure patterns by origin markets and through the day, so you can see where Chinese visitors go and what they do compared to German visitors or those from the USA right down to a 100m grid level. The potential of this in tourism development planning and marketing activities is enormous.

Date: 14th May 2019

"If a destination is not an experience, what is it?"

That’s the question Roger Pride, Managing Partner of Heavenly, destination branding specialists, will be asking delegates at next week’s Hot Topic. He will look at a variety of of issues impacting on place branding and marketing and emphasize the role branding should have on visitor experience. Delegates will understand the context for branding in the 21st century, looking at what we can learn from branding and marketing beyond destinations. Visit the TMI web site for information on all our speakers and programme and to book your ticket before bookings close at 5 pm on 16 May

Date: 14th May 2019

Hot Topic Speaker Focus: Emma Tatlow

Currently the national visitor project manager for Mayflower 400 and the US Connections Discover England Fund projects, for the past couple of years Emma has been working with international tour operators and UK destinations to take new product to international markets. In her presentation “Mayflower 400 and US Connections: developing product for international visitors”, she will share with Hot Topic delegates practical insights and tips into the challenges and opportunities of product development and the opportunities presented by anniversaries. Above all, her watchword is “customise, customer, customise!” If you haven’t booked your place yet, there is still time. Booking closes 5 pm Thursday 16 May.

Date: 14th May 2019

Career Opportunity: Executive Director, Islands Partnership

The Islands’ Partnership, the DMO for the Isles of Scilly is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the organisation and the islands’ tourism industry into a new and exciting chapter. An outstandingly beautiful cluster of islands, 28 miles off the coast of Cornwall, the Isles of Scilly is one of the most distinct and tourism-dependent destinations in the UK, supporting some 80% of the islands’ employment. Since forming in 2012, the Islands’ Partnership has provided strategic leadership to the islands’ vital visitor economy and has grown in both stature and influence to become a respected organisation and a trusted delivery partner, most recently producing a new Destination Management Plan (DMP) that has set a bold new direction to help future-proof tourism on the islands. With the incumbent post-holder leaving the islands after four and a half years this summer, the IP is therefore seeking a new Executive Director to build on this momentum and to help steer the organisation forwards with confidence, further strengthening our leadership role and delivering on the ambitions set out in the DMP. Closing date for applications: 5 pm Tuesday 4 June 2019 Full details here and download job pack here

Date: 14th May 2019

Promoting Flanders and the Great War Centenary

Lisa Thomas, Travel Trade Manager at VisitFlanders, will share with delegates how an important historical anniversary, The Great War Centenary, can stimulate visitors to a region/country and how to work with the industry around these events. Delegates will hear how to maintain a focus on a subject over a four year period. Find out nmore about all our speakers here

Date: 8th May 2019