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The 2019  West Country Tourism Conference will be on 6 & 7 February 2019 alongside The Source Trade Show at Westpoint, just east of Exeter.  Last year's event attracted nearly 300 delegates over two days, achieving delegate ratings of 95% Excellent or Good.

The 2019 Conference will follow a similar structure with 6th Feb focussing on 'Excellence and The Future' whilst the 7th Feb theme will be 'Marketing, Digital and PR'.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

Wed 6 Feb          ‘EXCELLENCE & THE FUTURE’

  • The Future of Travel - Simon Calder, travel writer and commentator
  • Food – quality and local - John Sheaves, Taste of the West
  • New Edens in the Westcountry and beyond - Gordon Seabright, CEO, Eden Project
  • Home grown apples and employees - Mark Godfrey, The Deer Park
  • Hotel Confidence - results from the NFU Hotel Confidence report - Darren Seward, NFU Mutual
  • Find out why welcoming walkers makes sound business sense and how to do it - Nell Barrington - Barrington Associates
  • Taking care of your most valuable asset (clue: it’s not data!) – and why it matters - Ellie Hibberd, Stephens Scown solicitors
  • News from Dorset - Richard Smith,  CEO of The Tank Museum and Chairman of Dorset Tourism Association
  • Managing tourism in challenging times – the case of Hinkley Point C - Julie Wooler, Somerset County Council
  • Sustainable Tourism Development around the world - Simon Nicholls, Devon Power
  • Tourism Awards - our story - Kathy Murdoch, Westward Living
  • Work experience and the route to employment - Gemma Edmonds, Springboard UK and Charlotte Paul, Plymouth University

Thurs 7 Feb         ‘MARKETING, DIGITAL & PR'

  • Food – quality and local - John Sheaves, Taste of the West
  • The 5 Biggest Hospitality Marketing Mistakes... and how to avoid them - Helen Laing and Pete Stevens, Clockwork Marketing
  • 10 Top Tips to crack accessible marketing - Ross Calladine, VisitEngland
  • How to build your database in a post GDPR world - Thomas Chartres-Moore, Stephens Scown solicitors
  • Tourism Awards – our story – Stephen Chidgey, Old Barn Tregenotha
  • A Picture Paints A Thousand Words - Using eye catching Imagery to tell your story - Gareth Allen, Soundview
  • Navigating the digital highway - Josh McCarty, former Head of Marketing at National Marine Aquarium and a Director of VisitDevon
  • Is your website firing on all cylinders? - Helen Laing and Pete Stevens, Clockwork Marketing
  • Be heard, get noticed – making PR work for you - Sue Bradbury, SBPR
  • VisitDevon update - Sally Everton, VisitDevon

The conference commences each day with Registration and welcome drinks from 9.30am, with presentations from 10am. It will close at approximately 1.30pm followed by sandwich lunch & networking.

We will be adding info on speakers and topics here shortly - please watch this space but why not be amongst the fiirst to book your place?

Follow the event on Twitter at @WCTConf and Facebook HERE

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