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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

Policy and Research Updates

Event and experience research, hospitality confidence research and legal, insurance and package travel regulation issues as they relate to marketing events and experiences in your destination – key reasons to join us on 23 May. Humphrey Walwyn brings us the latest event and experience research from Visit England, while Darren Seward will share with delegates the results of the latest hospitality confidence research being undertaken by NFU Mutual. Wrapping up the day, Kurt Janson from the Tourism Alliance will give us updates on development with the law, insurance and Package Travel Directive regulations and how these will impact on destinations and business using events and experiences to promote to visitors.

Date: 8th May 2019

Free Fringe activities

As usual, we have optional fringe activities for those coming to London the evening before the event. Delegates are invited to a drinks reception to launch the new book “Destination London: The Expansion of the Visitor Economy” by the Unviersity of Westminsters’ Dr. Andrew Smith and Prof. Anne Graham. There are also limited places still available on the short tour of prestigious 5 star hotel, The Langham from 9.15-9.45 on Thursday 23 May, immediately before Registration opens for the Hot Topic. Places for this free visit MUST be booked in advance. For full programme details, speaker information and venue visit the web site.

Date: 8th May 2019

Two weeks to go

We’re counting down the last 2 weeks to this year’s TMI Hot Topic, “Enhancing the Appeal of Destinations through Events and Experiences”, taking place at the University of Westminster’s Regent Street buildings on 23 May. There’s still time to book your place and hear the latest developments, case studies and trends in attracting visitors and adding to the sense of place through creative use of events, anniversaries and experiences. TMI member rates are £140 and don’t forget you can bring a non member guest on your booking for the same rate.

Date: 8th May 2019