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Internship Opportunity – Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions

Internship available in a fast-paced and innovative national tourist board, the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions. Based in Greater London, the internship will start on 1 October 2019 and run for 10-12 months. The working week is from Monday-Friday, 9am-5.30pm, with an hour for lunch. The successful applicant will receive a monthly allowance and travel costs to and from the office (within the M25 area). If you know any tourism students looking for a sandwich year placement? This could be the opening they’re looking for. Closing date for applications 19 July and please ask them to mention they heard of the opportunity through TMI.

Date: 2nd July 2019

Tourism Sector Deal

The Government announced the Tourism Sector deal last week (28 June '19), giving the tourism and hospitality industry the recognition it deserves as a forward-looking industry and a creator of jobs.  As previously reported in our newsletters, TMI has been a strong supporter of the Sector Deal, putting the destination management perspective through our presence on the Tourism Alliance Board and representation on the Skills Working Group. The Sector deal is jointly signed by VisitBritain, BEIS and DCMS, and has ambitious plans to help grow the inbound sector by 25% by 2025.  It plans to back "small business, entrepreneurs and innovators", and "increase productivity and investment to benefit local economies". Delegates to the TMI Convention – 23/24 October in Chester  - will be able to get the latest updates from VisitBritain’s Antony Pickles

Date: 2nd July 2019

New TMI Communications and Membership Contact

Welcome to Siobhan Wilson, who will be the main point of contact for all things TMI Communications and membership with effect from 15 July. Siobhan will be taking over the reins for this newsletter, TMI’s social media and other communications, so please contact her via membership@tmi.org.uk with any news items, job vacancies, blog pieces. She may also contact you directly, either for TM Eye newsletter items or with ideas for spreading the word about TMI and encouraging colleagues in destination management to join.

Date: 2nd July 2019

Guardians of Grub - Reducing Food Waste Toolkit

A toolkit has just been launched aimed at helping tourism and hospitality businesses fight food waste. The hospitality and food sector throw away one million tonnes of food waste annually, 75% of which could have been eaten. Under the auspices of WRAP (Waste Resources and Action Programme), a group of people from across the industry are working to fight food waste. You can download their campaign toolkit and resource pack, and we encourage you to spread the word among your tourism and hospitality businesses – it doesn’t just make planetary sense, it makes economic sense as well

Date: 18th June 2019

50 years of promoting tourism

Fifty years on from the Development of Tourism Act 1969, the VisitBritain web site has an overview of the way tourism and tourism promotion have grown since that Act paved the way for the British Tourist Authority and the English Tourist Board, now known as VisitBritain/VisitEngland. For those who have been in this industry a while, it’s a bit of a wander down memory lane, albeit that it focuses mainly on in bound rather than domestic tourism development and promotion. For younger/more recent members, it’s a way to gain a bit of insight into how the national agency has developed.

Date: 18th June 2019

Latest Research on Football Tourism

The latest Foresight Report from VisitBritain and Arkenford looks at the impact and role of football and tourism, whether English football can be sued as a tool to attract international tourism, the best ways to connect with that audience and whether there is anyhow cross-over from existing international activity. The research was carried out among their Buzzseeker segment of international travellers with some interest in football, so is not widely applicable, but should be of interest to destinations with high profile teams.

Date: 18th June 2019