SWTA 2018 CONFERENCE

Kate Nicholl

Dierdre Wells

Patricia Yates

Carolyn Custerson

Sally Everton

Robin Barker

Kurt Janson

Liz Waugh

Stephen Darke

Alistair Handyside

David Ralph

Amanda Lumley

Graham Wason

Deborah Heather

Clare Bushby

Patricia Yates has been with VisitBritain/VisitEngland since 2005, becoming Strategy & Communications Director in 2007. She is responsible for research, tourism affairs and communications. Patricia will present an update from VisitBritain/VisitEngland, update us on the Discover England Fund and her wide experience will help steer many of the panel discussions.

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UKH is the result of a merger between two large lobbying associations, the BHA and ALMR. Kate is a first-class speaker and an accomplished lobbyist. We will be asking Kate to lead the conference debate on Tourism Taxes.

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Stephen has worked in Whitehall for over a decade. His previous roles include Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for Culture (2014-17), Ministerial Speechwriter at HM Treasury (2012-14), and Senior Arts Policy Advisor (2008-12). Stephan has a unique and refreshing presentational style and will update us all on how various pressure points on tourism are perceived by Government.

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Kurt is a popular speaker at these events and will give us all a heads up about what all the lobbying might achieve, and where new threats and opportunities lie. Kurt will be asked to lead the conference debate on Registration schemes for tourism businesses.

Date: 13th November 2018

Venue: Tiverton Hotel, Tiverton, Devon

The conference will cover the key issues facing the visitor economy in the South West:

  • The need for a level playing field

  • Discover England Fund, successful bids from the South West

  • Business Rates reform

  • Discussion on possible Registration Schemes for Tourism Businesses

  • Tourism Tax, good or bad?

  • Update on road and rail improvements

 

The following key speakers are confirmed for the Conference (mouse over photographs for panellist details):

Patricia Yates

Strategy & Communications Director, Visit England

Kate Nicholl

CEO

UKHospitality

Stephen Darke

Head of Tourism

Dept of Culture, Media & Sport

Kurt Janson

Director

Tourism Alliance

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Alistair will be the facilitator on the day and will also take the lead on the conference debate on the ‘level playing field’.

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David became Chief Executive of Heart of South West LEP in June 2018. Previously, he had spent 5 years as CEO of the Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire (D2N2) LEP from 2013 where he oversaw the development of the D2N2 Strategic Economic Plan and sector strategies and 3 Growth Deals with HM Government to deliver a £1 billion capital investment programme

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Carolyn has 30+ years working in the UK tourism industry and is known for her infectious enthusiasm and passion for progressive tourism. Previously Director of UK holidays for SAGA, Specialist Tourism Advisor for Business Link Devon & Cornwall and Senior Tourism lecturer at Plymouth CFE. She ran Close Focus Tourism Consultancy and managed the set up of ERTC.

Alistair Handyside

Chairman

South West Tourism Alliance

David Ralph, Chief Executive

Heart of the SW Local Enterprise Partnership

Dierdre Wells OBE

Chair

Tourism Alliance

Carolyn Custerson

Chief Executive

English Riviera Tourism

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Alistair will be the facilitator on the day and will also take the lead on the conference debate on the ‘level playing field’.

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Alistair will be the facilitator on the day and will also take the lead on the conference debate on the ‘level playing field’.

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Alistair will be the facilitator on the day and will also take the lead on the conference debate on the ‘level playing field’.

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Alistair will be the facilitator on the day and will also take the lead on the conference debate on the ‘level playing field’.

 

Alistair Handyside

Chairman

South West Tourism Alliance

Alistair Handyside

Chairman

South West Tourism Alliance

Alistair Handyside

Chairman

South West Tourism Alliance

Alistair Handyside

Chairman

South West Tourism Alliance

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Alistair will be the facilitator on the day and will also take the lead on the conference debate on the ‘level playing field’.

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Alistair will be the facilitator on the day and will also take the lead on the conference debate on the ‘level playing field’.

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Alistair will be the facilitator on the day and will also take the lead on the conference debate on the ‘level playing field’.

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Alistair will be the facilitator on the day and will also take the lead on the conference debate on the ‘level playing field’.

 

Alistair Handyside

Chairman

South West Tourism Alliance

Alistair Handyside

Chairman

South West Tourism Alliance

Alistair Handyside

Chairman

South West Tourism Alliance

Alistair Handyside

Chairman

South West Tourism Alliance