2018 Tourism Symposium, 4-5 June

Monday June 04, 2018
Tuesday June 05, 2018

Tourism Symposium 2018

The Changing times for Tourism
Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June 2018, Greenwich

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This year the Tourism Symposium will be held at the UNESCO world heritage site of Maritime Greenwich and offer an exciting and fast paced programme covering global trends, opportunities and challenges facing the tourism and travel industries.  Expert speakers will cover topical issues including the sharing economy, capitalising on innovation, balancing the benefits and effects of over-tourism, examining the value of heritage as an attractor for economic development and all from a UK, EU and international perspective.

A pre-conference programme of both experiential and educational discovery tours along with the Society's First Annual Summer Reception will ensure delegates are shown a fully comprehensive view of tourism in Greenwich and have ample opportunity to network.



Monday 4th June - Afternoon: Choice of three discovery tours of Greenwich

Three Discovery Tours have been created by Visit Greenwich and their partners to showcase the diverse range of experiences offered within this historic and vibrant London Borough.

Registration Time: 11.30am – 12.30pm *Please note that Option Two departs at 12.20pm. To book your tour please click here https://bit.ly/2Hnd6Fo


Study Tour One: Old meets new - keeping heritage current through events, conservation, culture and use of digital technology.

See conservation up close and in action in the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, including the Old Royal Naval College and Royal Museums Greenwich.  These new projects aim to keep heritage conserved and also to attract and engage with new audiences.  Includes a Ceiling Tour at the Painted Hall.

Study Tour Two: Greenwich Peninsula - NOW FULLY BOOKED!

Once only known for its staging of the Millennium Celebrations now home to The O2, new visitor attractions, events and experiences, and as a hub for digital smart technology, pioneering architecture and a design district.  This tour includes a river trip on MBNA Thames Clippers, a walk over the iconic roof at Up at The O2 and a flight on the Emirates Air Line cable car.  The more extreme of the study tours!

Study Tour Three: Woolwich, UK Cultural Destination

Woolwich – with a rich heritage, strong transport links and exciting events calendar, is one of the UK’s Cultural Destinations (The Arts Council / Visit England programme) funded to develop a 5-year destination management plan, new events programming, a new website and marketing activity.  With a new Creative District in the pipeline for 2020, it is an exciting story to see unfold, making sustainable cultural use of a former munitions factory.   This tour includes a visit to the Royal Arsenal, the emerging Creative District and a chance to sample locally brewed beer.


1700 -1800 Tourism Society AGM - at the Admirals House, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9LS

followed by the Tourism Consultants' Network AGM until 1830.


Monday 4th June – Summer Evening Reception 
Join Tourism Society President, Lord Thurso, Fellows and Members of the Society, their guests and Symposium delegates for a Summer Reception of informal, relaxed networking, refreshments and canapes at the elegant Queen Mary Undercroft, Old Royal Naval College, with entertainment courtesy of Made prior to the full day conference on Tuesday 5th.

Time: 6.30pm - 8.00pm
Location: Queen Mary Undercroft, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LS



Tuesday 5th June - Tourism Symposium Full Day Conference

Registration in Queen Mary Undercroft : 0900 start time
Conference in nearby Queen Anne Court, University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, Greenwich, London, SE10 9LS 1000-1600

A full day of discussions, presentations and conversations covering:

  • Changing times for Arts & Culture
  • Travel, transport and technology: tourists on the move, influencing travellers’ choices pre, during and post trip
  • Sustainable destinations: the sharing economy, over-tourism, climate change, future workforce
  • Global travel and tourism trends
  • Developing Destinations - Global issues arising from the growth within the visitor economy
  • Developing Destinations Partnerships – The ORNC, managing a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Confirmed speakers:

  • Darren Henley OBE, CEO Arts Council England
  • Caroline Bremner, Head of Travel and Tourism Research at Euromonitor International
  • Dr James Kennell FTS, Tourism Research Centre, University of Greenwich
  • David Statham, Managing Director, Southeastern
  • Angela McConville, Chief Executive, Old Royal Naval College (ORNC)
  • Neil Smith, Planner, Knight Dragon Developments Ltd 
  • Dr Richard Denman FTS, Director, The Tourism Company  
  • Geoffery Lipman, Director GGTI, & Co-Founder SUNx Strong Universal Network     
  • Barrie Kelly, Chief Executive, Visit Greenwich    
  • Deborah Heather, Head of M Assessment Services, Quality in Tourism
  • Merilee E Karr, Founder & CEO Underthedoormat.com  
  • Benjamin Carey, Chairman of the Symposium Steering Group
  • Tom Littlechild, Marketing & Communications Director, AEG Europe
  • Kyle Haughton, Managing Director, City Cruises
  • Shaon Talukder, CEO, Geotourist
  • Michelle Walker, Executive Director,Festival.Org
  • Clare Mullin, Marketing Director, Visit Britain
  • Nikki White, Director of Destinations & Sustainability, ABTA


With thanks to The Tourism Symposium 2018 Delivery Partners



Monday 4th June - Greenwich Discovery Tours






Ticket Options:

Symposium Package Ticket prices* (no VAT to add)
Symposium package ticket includes Discovery Tours and Evening reception on the Monday 4 June and the full-day conference (inc lunch) on Tuesday 5 June. Travel and accommodation are not included.
Tourism Society member £159       ~       Non-Member £199
Day Delegate Ticket prices* (no VAT to add)
One-day ticket for the Tuesday 5 June Conference (inc lunch).  Travel and accommodation are not included.
Tourism Society member £119       ~       Non-member £159
Student Day Delegate Ticket prices* (no VAT to add)
One-day ticket for the Tuesday 5 June Conference (inc lunch).  Travel and accommodation are not included.
Tourism Society member £50       ~       Non-member £65
Summer evening reception Ticket prices* (no VAT to add)
In addition to attending the Evening Reception this ticket offers the opportunity to register for a Discovery Tour.  
Tourism Society member £60       ~       Non-member £75
*Please contact events@tourismsociety.org if you have any questions


Accommodation HQ:

We are delighted to announce Devonport Hotel (De Vere) as the Symposium 2018 Hotel HQ – £125 inc breakfast & VAT - To book please e-mail Eileen Murnane with code TOUR040618 eileen.murnane@devere.com

Hotels – Special Symposium Offer Rates:

Visit Greenwich has negotiated rates for the Tourism Symposium 2018 at three Greenwich hotels and is pleased to offer a free online accommodation booking service to delegates attending this event.

Staycity Aparthotels Greenwich High Road - Studio apartment @ £99 per night. - To book please e-mail Greenwich.sales@staycity.com

Double Tree by Hilton London Greenwich – £109 inc breakfast & VAT - To book please click here 

InterContinental London The O2 - £180 per night inc breakfast & VAT  - To book please click here


Venue Information

University of Greenwich
Old Royal Naval College

SE10 9NN

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