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The 2017 West Country Tourism Conference will be at Westpoint, Exeter on 8 and 9 February 2017.  Planning is progressing well – with a few changes – and we will announce the programme shortly.  In the meantime please register your interest using the SUBSCRIBE option on this page

The 2016 West Country Tourism Conference was a sell out - enjoyed by over 300 delegates 95% of whom rated the event Excellent or Good.

The programme saw a wide range of speakers and topics:



  • Tom Ross told the story 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 updated on Domestic Tourism Trends
  • Property expert Stephen Page updated on 'Buying & Selling' in the current market
  • 'The Living Wage' - and what it means to tourism - 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' covered by Terry Falcao of Stephens Scown solicitors
  • Janet East from Yellingham Farm shared her story of transition from management consultant to award-winning B&B owner
  • 'The changing face of holiday parks' the topic of Luke Hansford, Business Development Manager of Hoseasons
  • Maggie Watson from the award-winning Wheatland Farm shared her views on 'The Case for Going Green', alongside Mark Ogden of Triodos Bank
  • 'Welcome to Excellence' the topic for Purple Cloud's David Dann
  • Lindsey Edmonds of RedwellGB on 'Improving the guest experience using healthy heat'
  • 'Water Retail' - and what it means to tourism businesses - covered by John Crouch of South West Water business services
  • Paul Bray, Fire Safety Protection Officer for Devon & Somerset - update on protecting your business




  • Stuart Devlin from Clockwork Marketing spoke on 'How to Stand Out in a Crowded Market'
  • 'How does the world view the West Country' was the topic of Tripadvisor's Justin Reid
  • 'The Elephant behind the Tree' was 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' from Dominic Garnett, Senior Copywriter at Clockwork Marketing
  • The ever-popular Tom Moore from Stephens Scown solicitors on 'Consumer Rights and Data Protection' - and how to stay the right side of this fast changing law
  • Chair of Visit Devon, Victoria Hatfield, 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

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