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Conference Programme 2019

Below is the conference programme for the 2019 Conference. Note this is still subject to change.

WED 6 FEB

EXCELLENCE AND THE FUTURE

0930-1000

Tea and Coffee on arrival

1000-1004

Intro and Welcome – Robin Barker & Nell Barrington

1005-1016

Tourism Awards - our story - Kathy Murdoch, Westward Living

1017 -1027

Home grown apples and employees - Mark Godfrey, The Deer Park

1028-1046

Hotel Confidence - results from the NFU Hotel Confidence report - Darren Seward, NFU Mutual

1047-1057

Taking care of your most valuable asset (clue: it’s not data!) – and why it matters - Ellie Hibberd, Stephens Scown solicitors

1058-1108

Work experience and the route to employment - Gemma Edmonds, Springboard UK and Charlotte Paul, Plymouth University

1109-1119

News from Dorset - Richard Smith,  CEO of The Tank Museum and Chairman of Dorset Tourism Association

1120-1130

Managing tourism in challenging times – the case of Hinkley Point C - Julie Wooler, Somerset County Council

1131-1155

Tea and Coffee

1155-1200

Food – quality and local - John Sheaves, Taste of the West

1201-1209

Find out why welcoming walkers makes sound business sense and how to do it - Nell Barrington - Barrington Associates

1210-1234

New Edens in the Westcountry and beyond - Gordon Seabright, CEO, Eden Project

1235-1252

Sustainable Tourism Development around the world - Simon Nicholls, Devon Power

1253-1320

The Future of Travel - Simon Calder, travel writer and commentator 

1321-1330

Q&A

1331-1600

Sandwich lunch (included) and chance to visit Source Trade Show

THURS 7 FEB

MARKETING, DIGITAL AND PR

0930-1000

Tea and Coffee on arrival 

1000-1004

Intro and Welcome – Robin Barker & Nell Barrington 

1005-1016

Tourism Awards – our story – Stephen Chidgey, Old Barn Tregenotha 

1017-1035

The Biggest Hospitality Marketing Mistakes... and how to avoid them - Helen Laing and Pete Stevens, Clockwork Marketing 

1036-1053

A Picture Paints A Thousand Words - Using eye catching Imagery to tell your story - Gareth Allen, Soundview 

1054-1109

Be heard, get noticed – making PR work for you - Sue Bradbury, SBPR 

1110-1120

VisitDevon update - Sally Everton, VisitDevon 

1121-1130

Q&A

1130-1155 

Tea and Coffee 

1155-1200

Food – quality and local - John Sheaves, Taste of the West

1200-1219

Navigating the digital highway - Josh McCarty, former Head of Marketing at National Marine Aquarium and a Director of VisitDevon

1220-1234

How to build your database in a post GDPR world - Thomas Chartres-Moore, Stephens Scown solicitors

1235-1304

10 Top Tips to crack accessible marketing - Ross Calladine, VisitEngland

1305-1320

Is your website firing on all cylinders? - Helen Laing and Pete Stevens, Clockwork Marketing 

1321-1330

Q&A

1330-1600

Sandwich lunch (included) and chance to visit Source Trade Show