Ty Speer, president and chief executive of Tourism Vancouver, will share his expertise about heritage tourism at the Tourism Symposium in Edinburgh (June 5-6).
The annual Tourism Society event will focus on the topics of heritage and innovation.
Speer’s presence at the event marks a double 40th anniversary: the Tourism Society was founded in 1977, the same year that Vancouver and Edinburgh became twin cities.
On June 6, there will be a full day of discussion and debate in The Hub, a venue in Edinburgh’s Old Town at the top of the Royal Mile.
During this International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, there will be expert speakers from a range of tourism-related sectors.
Other confirmed speakers include: Lord Thurso, chairman of VisitScotland and president of the Tourism Society; Hayley Beer-Gamage, chairman of the Tourism Society and chief executive of Experience Oxfordshire; Scottish tourism secretary Fiona Hyslop MSP; and Taleb Rifai, secretary general, UNWTO.
Other speakers will be from Scottish Enterprise, VisitScotland, Visit Kent and People 1st.
Delegates will also be able to explore Edinburgh’s 250-year-old Unesco-listed New Town, its festival venues and sites, and Glasgow’s architectural and musical heritage, followed by an informal networking supper evening.
Pictured: Holyrood Palace, Edinburgh, Lothian, Scotland. ©VisitBritain / Britain on View