Monday June 01, 2015
Tuesday June 02, 2015
Tourism Symposium 2015
Connecting to the Future ~ THE Tourism Debate
1st June - 2nd June 2015
Ashford and Canterbury, Kent
images from Visit Kent
Places are still available for the evening reception on Monday 1st and the main conference day on Tuesday 2nd. Please note, though, that all the study tours are now full.
Tourism Symposium 2015 will be the year's most thought-provoking event, attracting the widest selection of delegates including senior tourism professionals and thought leaders, travel trade and invited journalists. The speaker line-up includes some of the leading experts from the world of tourism, arts, heritage and transport.
Through study tours, a networking supper and a full day of carefully selected speakers, delegates from across the industry will enjoy a comprehensive exploration of the topic ‘Connecting to the Future’, focussing on ideas and solutions for sustainable inbound and outbound growth through the lens of the infrastructure debate. Infrastructure in its widest definition – not just trains, planes, boats and automobiles but the soft and digital infrastructures of technology, partnerships and the networks that support growth e.g. Governments and DMOs.
Outline Symposium Programme
Monday 1st June 2015
11.30 - Registration
12.00 - 17.00 A choice of three great study tours (including lunch)
Study tour 1: East Coast Arts
Study tour 2: Medway and Maritime
Study tour 3: The Ashford Experience
18.45 - 22.00 Reception and networking supper, Eastwell Manor
Tuesday 2nd June 2015
Colyer-Fergusson Music Building, University of Kent
08.30 - 09.00 Registration and coffee
09.15 Welcome - Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE FTS (Chairman, Tourism Society)
09.25 Keynote: The future for tourism - Wayne Hemingway (Hemingway Design) and Eddie Kemsley (Dreamland)
09.55 Digital futures - Nick Hall (Digital Tourism Think Tank)
10.20 Connecting to quality - Sally Balcombe (VisitBritain) (Chair), James Lohan MBE (Mr & Mrs Smith), Wendy Spinks (HS1)
10.45 What's the future for destinations - do DMO's have a future? - Deirdre Wells OBE MTS (UKinbound) (Chair), Manon Antoniazzi MTS (Visit Wales), Louise Stewart (VisitEngland), Tim Manson MTS (Marketing Birmingham), Malcolm Bell FTS (Visit Cornwall)
11.20 Coffee, networking and exhibition
11.50 What's the attraction? - Louise Dando (English Heritage), Fenlon Dunphy (Paramount Park)
12.20 Connecting to the people of the future - Rosemary Shrager (Chef, Cookery teacher and Broadcaster)
12.35 Lunch, networking and exhibition
13.50 Keynote - Sir Peter Bazalgette (Arts Council England)
14.10 Cultural Destinations update - Usha Mistry (Lakes Culture), Sarah Dance (arts consultant), Victoria Pomery OBE (Turner Contemporary), Paul Bristow (Arts Council England), Lyndsey Swift (VisitEngland)
14.50 What's the future for transport in Britain? - Steven Norris (former Government Minister and transport expert) (Chair), David Statham (Southeastern), Paul Kehoe (Birmingham Airport), Tim Waggott (Port of Dover)
15.40 Close - Sandra Matthews-Marsh
Twitter hashtag: #Symposium15 ~ follow and contribute to the live conversation
Travelling by train from London
The dedicated 'Southeastern Symposium Express' will run from London St Pancras to Ashford International on the morning of Monday 1st June, and will return from Ashford to St Pancras on the afternoon of Tuesday 2nd June. Journey time is just 36 minutes.
Transfers will be arranged from the station to the venues and for all parts of the two-day programme. This is a free service.
June 1st – Dep. St. Pancras 1042h arr. Ashford 1118h
June 2nd – Dep. Ashford 1651h arr. St. Pancras 1727h
For those not travelling on the Express, a 30% discount on Southeastern will be available between London and Ashford (subject to delegates' advance booking). For details of how to book, please contact Claire Wise at the Tourism Society on 0207 269 9693 or email@example.com.
Discounted accommodation rates - NB these rates are only valid until May 8th (Ashford International) and May 15th (Holiday Inn)
Ashford International Hotel, Simone Weil Avenue, Ashford, Kent TN24 8UX
31 May/1 June £160.00 2 nights
1 June only £97.00 PPPN
Please call 01233 219 988, option 2 and quote VISIT KENT
Holiday Inn Ashford North, Maidstone Road, A20 Hothfield, Ashford TN26 1AR
31-May £62.00 PPPN 1 night only
1 June only £62.00 PPPN 1 night only
Please call 01233 713 333 and quote Tourism Symposium.
Details correct at time of writing, some alterations may occur
The event is being hosted by Visit Kent, and is arranged by The Tourism Society, in partnership with Ashford Borough Council. Confirmed speakers include representatives from VisitBritain, Arts Council England, HS1, English Heritage, and London Paramount. Headline sponsors include Ashford Borough Council, Southeastern, Tourism Society, UKinbound, VisitEngland, Arts Council England plus a host of local sponsors such as leading accommodation providers, cultural and heritage venues and local authorities and partners - further sponsors will be announced.