200+ delegates expected at Tourism Symposium

New speakers have been added to the line-up for the annual Tourism Symposium taking place in Birmingham (June 6-7).

Alison Clark, combined arts national director at Arts Council England; Chris Foy, head of business visits and events at VisitBritain; and Claudia Unger (pictured), corporate travel knowledgist and author will be joining the speakers who have already been announced.

The Tourism Symposium is arranged by the Tourism Society with support from Arts Council England, Birmingham Airport and Apogee Managed Services.

It will bring together more than 200 tourism professionals to debate topics on the theme of ‘The Business of Tourism – What are the new drivers for tourism today?’

On June 6, Birmingham’s culture, industry and film tourism will be showcased during a choice of three walking study tours.

Delegates can visit locations from shows including Crossroads, Hustle and The Game.

Other walking tours will visit the Staffordshire Hoard, the largest collection of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver ever found; the Library of Birmingham – the largest public library in the UK –and Birmingham’s Coffin Works, a 15-year project to create an interactive museum within the city’s Jewellery Quarter.

On June 7, the event will be hosted at University College Birmingham, for a full day of presentations, panel discussions, case studies and opportunities for networking.  

Other confirmed speakers include:
•       David Massingham, co-artistic director, International Dance Festival Birmingham 2016
•       Caroline Norbury, chief executive, Creative England
•       Ken Robinson, FTS
•       Martin Green, chief executive and director, Hull City of Culture 2017
•       Julia Amour, director, Festivals Edinburgh
•       Anita Bhalla, chair, Creative City Partnership
•       Anni Hood, chief executive, Wellness Business Consultancy
•       Heather Niven, head of Science City, York
•       John Gallery FTS – Great Potential

Greg Yeoman, executive director at the Tourism Society, commented: “We are delighted to have such a prestigious group of speakers and will be announcing more over the coming weeks.

“We are also grateful to have the support of Arts Council England in what promises to be an unmissable event for anyone interested in the tourism industry.”