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7th International Adventure Conference Practitioner Day, 18 June

The Adventure Tourism Research Association in partnership with Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre, the University of the West of Scotland and VisitScotland, are organising the 7th International Adventure Tourism conference in Dumfries and Galloway, from 17-25 June. For the first time this year, the programme includes a practitioner day on Tuesday 18 June with keynote speakers Bruce Poon Tip, founder of global adventure company G Adventures, and Ben Morrison, founder of The FlipFlopi project. TMI members will benefit from a special discounted rate of £65 plus VAT. To book your place, visit: https://www.iac2019.co.uk/ and use discount code PRACTDISC10

Date: 28th May 2019

David Hughes Memorial Award Winners

Part of the prize for the winners of TMI’s David Hughes Memorial Award is a complimentary delegate place at the Hot Topic. One of this year’s joint winners, Daymer Skye Eshelby from the University of Derby at Buxton, is pictured here receiving her certificate from TMI President, Jude Leitch at last week’s event. The other joint winner, Cassie Stewart from the University of Plymouth, was unable to attend the Hot Topic due to previous commitments.

Date: 28th May 2019

Hot Topic Success

Initial feedback and the buzz on the day indicates that last week's Hot Topic was perhaps one of our best ever, with a strong line up of entertaining, informative and inspirational speakers sharing insights and experiences of enhancing destination appeal through events and experiences. If you missed it, you can access presentations on the web site, where speakers have given us permission to share them with members.The day was a fitting tribute to Simon Curtis, our late and much missed Head of Events, who put so much into planning the programme and bringing the event to Westminster before his sudden and unexpected death earlier this year. Our thanks to his colleagues, Andrew Smith and Helen Farrell, who picked up the threads and made us welcome, as well as to Nell Barrington, TMI Event Manager, and Robin Barker, our Immediate Past President, who stepped up to fill the gap as interim Head of Events.

Date: 28th May 2019

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