Tourism conference sets sail for Bristol

The Tourism Management Institute’s annual convention will take place in Bristol on October 15-16, with a conference at SS Great Britain.

Called Creative Practice in Destination Management, the convention will cover issues such as building resilience; diversifying markets; and embracing arts and festivals.

The event is aimed at destination managers and industry practitioners who work with and within destinations of all types.

The convention will begin with a summit on October 15 to link destination managers, practitioners and professionals to tourism students who are showing interest in developing careers in destination management.

The idea is for destination professionals to offer advice and support to young talent and for students to meet and discuss their own career ideas and aspirations.

Speakers include Dr Dan Knox, senior lecturer, University of West of England, and Gemma Edmonds, head of south west at Springboard UK.

TMI is also working with Destination Bristol to develop three study tours during the afternoon of October 15 to showcase the city’s attractions, destination policies and projects.

The first day will finish with a networking evening event at the Bristol Hotel.

The main conference on October 16 will take place in the conference spaces of the SS Great Britain dockyard site on Bristol waterfront, with an expert panel debate, presentations and workshops.

Speakers include Matthew Tanner (SS Great Britain); Catherine Turness (Institute of Place Management); Samantha Richardson (National Coastal Tourism Academy); and Jon Young (BDRC).

The panellists will be Kate Nichols (UK Hospitality); Stephen Darke (Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport); Anthony Pickles (Visit Britain); and Hayley Armstrong (Creative England).

Workshops will cover cultural partnerships, digital media and art trails.

Picture of SS Great Britain: VisitEngland/Iain Lewis