Main Sponsors

Event Sponsor


The 2018 West Country Tourism Conference will be on 7 & 8 February 2018 alongside the Source Trade Show at Westpoint, just east of Exeter.

There will again be an exciting programme with different themes for each of the two days. Provisional speakers and topics to date include:

7th Feb 'Excellence'

  • Geoff Ramm - after his top rating last year, Geoff will be returning to take 'Celebrity Service' to yet higher levels
  • Katie Davies from Moors Valley Country Park will share her experiences on making the award-winning attraction more inclusive & accessible
  • 'Benchmarking and continuous improvement' will be the topic of Deborah Heather from Quality in Tourism
  • Nigel Ponsford of SWW Business will share tips on conserving and finding water
  • Stephens Scown solicitors will update on latest employment issues

8th Feb 'Marketing, Digital & Being Profitable'

  • Profit, OTAs and the booking mix - with presentations and facilitated discussion with input from, eviivo and Clockwork Marketing
  • Cutting edge digital priorities - Kate Doodson, Cosmic
  • Engaging consumers through Virtual Reality - Gareth Allen, Soundview
  • Making Strides in the USA -  the award winning founder of Alison Howell's Foot Trails will share her story on breaking into the US market
  • GDPR - are you ready? - Thomas Chartres-Moore, Stephens Scown solicitors
  • Offering placements to students - an update from Plymouth University
  • 'The new Visit Devon' - news and future plans, VisitDevon community interest company

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. A full programme will be published shortly.

Click here for PRICE information and BOOKING

Follow the event on Twitter at @WCTConf and Facebook HERE

Latest News