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The 2016 West Country Tourism Conference was a sell out - enjoyed by over 300 delegates at Westpoint, near Exeter, on 10 and 11 February 2016 alongside the Source Trade Show.

The programme saw a wide range of speakers and topics:


  • We'll hear from Tom Ross of The Pig Hotel, one of England's great hotel success stories in the last few years
  • Sharon Orrell, Head of Research & Insight at VisitEngland will update on Domestic Tourism Trends
  • Property expert Stephen Page will update on 'Buying & Selling' in the current market
  • 'The Living Wage' - and what it means to tourism - is the topic of Amy Hulne of the Living Wage Foundation and Patrick Langmaid of Mother Ivey's Bay Holiday Park
  • 'Employees & workers; risks, responsibilities & rewards' will be covered by Terry Falcao of Stephens Scown solicitors
  • Janet East from Yellingham Farm will share her story of transition from management consultant to award-winning B&B owner
  • 'The changing face of holiday parks' will be the topic of Luke Hansford, Business Development Manager of Hoseasons
  • Maggie Watson from the award-winning Wheatland Farm will share her views on 'The Case for Going Green', alongside Mark Ogden of Triodos Bank
  • 'Welcome to Excellence' will be the topic for Purple Cloud's David Dann
  • Lindsey Edmonds of RedwellGB will tell us about 'Improving the guest experience using healthy heat'
  • 'Water Retail' - and what it means to tourism businesses - will be covered by John Crouch of South West Water business services
  • Paul Bray, Fire Safety Protection Officer for Devon & Somerset - will update on protecting your business
  • Accommodation Trends and the Future - Deborah Heather of Quality in Tourism


  • Stuart Devlin from Clockwork Marketing will speak on 'How to Stand Out in a Crowded Market'
  • 'How does the world view the West Country' is the topic of Tripadvisor's Justin Reid
  • 'The Elephant behind the Tree' is the topic of's Jitka Foralova
  • 'Get up to speed - Digital Megatrends' - Kate Doodson, Cosmic
  • We'll hear about Online Travel Agents, including the new scheme from founding partner Anthony Climpson 
  • Also 'Droning On' - using aerial video to market your business - from SoundView's Gareth Allen and 'How to Waste Money on Video' from Blinkback's David Kilkelly
  • 'Blogging for Tourism businesses' will be the topic of Dominic Garnett, Senior Copywriter at Clockwork Marketing
  • The ever-popular Tom Moore from Stephens Scown solicitors will cover 'Consumer Rights and Data Protection' - and how to stay the right side of this fast changing law
  • Chair of Visit Devon, Victoria Hatfield, will update us on 'The New Visit Devon'

The Conference was sponsored by Clockwork Marketing and Stephens Scown solicitors and was hosted alongside the Source Trade Show at Westpoint. 

You can see messages from the event on Twitter at @WCTConf and Facebook HERE

The 2017 Conference will be on 8 and 9 February 2017.

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