Arts Council England supports the Tourism Symposium with grant

Wednesday May 07, 2014

Arts Council England supports the Tourism Symposium with grant


Immediate release                                       

7 May 2014               

Arts Council England has pledged their generous support to The Tourism Society’s Tourism Symposium taking place in Liverpool on June 2nd and 3rd as part of the International Festival for Business.

The theme of the Symposium is ‘The role of tourism and culture in creating economic success.’ A powerful line up of speakers will explore how more productive and creative ties can be formed between professionals across the tourism, arts and cultural sectors. The first event of its kind, the Symposium will put these sectors right at the heart of the conversation about the generation of business, growth, employment and professional development. This two-day event will begin on Monday June 2nd with educational study tours with Mersey Ferries and The Beatles Story, an evening reception at Tate Liverpool and dinner at Gusto Restaurant, followed by a day-long symposium on Tuesday June 3rd at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

UKinbound was also announced this week as the latest Patron of the Symposium, joining VisitBritain, DCMS, VisitEngland, Marketing Liverpool, and Arts Council England. UKinbound will be holding a Discover Workshop in Liverpool on Monday 2nd June aimed at promoting the city to inbound operators

Sandra Matthews-Marsh, Chairman, The Tourism Society commented: “I am delighted that both Arts Council England and UKinbound are working with the Tourism Society and our other Patrons to make this Symposium a success. This is exactly the sort of cooperation between tourism and culture that the event will be highlighting.”



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Notes to editors:


  • Symposium Speakers:
    John Kampfner, Director of the Creative Industries Federation and Chair of Turner Contemporary.
  • Ken Robinson CBE FTS
  • Claire McColgan MBE, Director of Culture, Liverpool City Council
  • Jon Pywell, Bid Manager Hull City of Culture 2017
  • Andrea Nixon, Executive Director, Tate Liverpool
  • Juliana Delaney, CEO, Continuum
  • Nicola Shaw, CEO, HS1
  • Clara Mercer, Head of Marketing, British Fashion Council
  • Hilary Riva, Creator of London Fashion Week
  • Dr James Kennell, University of Greenwich
  • Alastair Upton, Chief Executive, Creative Foundation
  • Joss Croft, Marketing Director, VisitBritain
  • Joe McTigue, Leeds City Council
  • Pam Wilsher, Head of Visitor Economy, Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership
  • Jon Pratty, Relationship Manager, Creative Media, Arts Council England
  • Geoffrey Brown, Director at EUCLID
  • Dr Beatriz Garcia, Head of Research, Institute of Cultural Capital, University of Liverpool
  • The Symposium (3rd June) is being held at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool, L3 4AQ: