Canadian expert to talk on heritage at Tourism Symposium

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