Tourism Symposium 2017

Monday June 05, 2017
Tuesday June 06, 2017

Tourism Symposium 2017
Heritage and Innovation: The future of tourism

Monday 5th and Tuesday 6th June 2017



Scotland’s capital is an award-winning UNESCO world heritage city of breath-taking beauty where rich cultural heritage combines with stunning new developments. With a wealth of quality venues and high profile events coming to Edinburgh, this is a wonderful opportunity for the city to host a memorable 2017 Tourism Symposium.

The two-day event will consist of a selection of study tours exploring Edinburgh's 250-year-old New Town and up-to-date festival venues and sites, along with the opportunity to travel to Glasgow, an informal networking supper evening, and a full day of discussion and debate in a fantastic central Edinburgh venue.

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Monday 5th June Overview
Head to Edinburgh before the conference on Tuesday 6th and book onto our FAM Trips. (Please note our FAM trips are included in your ticket price).

FAM Trip Tours
Date: Monday 5th June
Registration: starts at 1pm

Explore local heritage with one of these tours (more details available here for tours 1, 2 and 4 so far):
1. Edinburgh Festivals walking tour: Journey through the capital’s New Town and Old Town on foot, taking in many of the key year-round festival sites and venues of Edinburgh’s 12 major festivals.
2. A window on the west: By train to Glasgow to discover the city’s distinctive architectural and musical heritage, rounded off with a hop on/hop off bus tour of key sights.
3. Edinburgh’s New Town (Edinburgh World Heritage Trust): Explore the architectural and city-planning masterpiece of Edinburgh’s New Town, developed between 1767 and 1850. The main street, Princes Street looks up to Edinburgh Castle across Princes Street Gardens, (previously the Nor Loch, drained in the 18th and 19th century).
4. Scotland: past and present. Start at the National Museum of Scotland and journey through the history of Scotland, its links with the world and a look at life today then walk down the historic Royal Mile to visit the Scottish Parliament for a guided tour.

Evening Networking + Canapes
Monday 5th June
Event starts: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Location: The Cave, 8-10 Niddry St S, Edinburgh EH1 1NS

Join our evening networking reception with canapes at The Cave Edinburgh's architecturally unique venue in Edinburgh's city centre, enjoy an informal and relaxed environment before our conference on Tuesday 6th.

Tuesday 6th June Overview
Tourism Symposium Full Day Conference
Tuesday 6th June
Event starts: 8.30pm - 4.05pm
Location: The Hub, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NE - click here for details.

A full day of discussions, presentations and conversations. Morning sessions will concentrate on destinations – who runs them and what they do, looking at examples of major events and how to get people out of cities and spreading the benefits of tourism. In the afternoon we will consider the future, of the Tourism Society as it celebrates its 40th anniversary and of the tourism industry.

Registration and coffee

Welcome - Hayley Beer-Gamage FTS, Chairman, Tourism Society
Keynote: Ty Speer, President & CEO, Tourism Vancouver, Canada  – Vancouver and Edinburgh have been twin cities since 1977.

Future destination leaders: investing in future talent
With speakers from local destination management organisations, entrepreneurial managers and the Destination Leaders Programme
Danny Cusick, Director, Scottish Enterprise
Ross Tinsley MTS, Assoc of Tourism in Higher Education
David Allen, Director, People 1st in Scotland

‘QuickChat’ - 8 Minutes of Inspiration on How DMOs are coping with the cuts and how there is a successful and creative way to overcome this - Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE FTS

Coffee & networking

Cities as Gateways for Rural Exploration
With speakers from national tourism organisations.
Chair:  Helen Campbell (Head of Global Marketing, VisitScotland)

Living Laboratories - What can festivals and event trends tell us about the future of tourism
Chair Julia Amour, Festivals Edinburgh

Speech - Ms Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism & External Affairs, Scottish Government

Lunch & networking

‘QuickChat’ - 8 Minutes of Inspiration - Music & Tourism
Nic Greenan, External Relations Director, East Street Arts, Leeds

Tourism over 40 years: a discussion
A review of the Tourism Society’s first 40 years and a look ahead at what the industry might be doing over the coming decades.
Prof. Brian Hay FTS

The Power of Innovation & Collaboration
Taking new ideas from the drawing board to delivery, with examples of tourism game-changers.
Iain Stewart MTS, freetobook

Tourism and Culture: the past and the future
Tourism is growing globally. Using UNESCO World Heritage Site examples, what are tourism's implications for their social, environmental and economic futures?
Chair: Benjamin Carey FTS
Taleb Rifai, Director General, UNWO (video message)
Sorcha Carey (Edin. Art Festival)
Dr Roger Carter CBE FTS

Review of the day


Ticket prices* (no VAT to add)
Tourism Society member £159
Non-Member £199
Tourism Society Student member (Tuesday ticket only) £45
Non-member Student (Tuesday ticket only) £75
Partner ticket (ie partner of a full ticket purchaser) to attend study tours and Monday reception £40 only).
* Please note - fees of between 0.8% and 2.0% apply to credit/debit card payments.

Two-day ticket prices include study tours and evening reception on the Monday and the full-day conference on the Tuesday including refreshments. Travel and accommodation is not included.

Scotrail are providing free travel on their network for Symposium delegates. Please check with the Tourism Society office for details.

Convention Edinburgh has negotiated rates for Tourism Society Symposium 2017 at seven hotels ranging from three- to five-star and is pleased to offer a free online accommodation booking service to delegates attending this event. To view and book the various accommodation options please click on this link.

Credit card details are required to make a booking and confirmation shall be sent to your e-mail address.  Payment should be made directly with the accommodation provider at the time of your stay.

More information about the programme, speakers and travel will be added as details are confirmed - please check back regularly and keep an eye on our social media channels.

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