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Sponsorship – West Country Tourism Conference

Event Details


We are proud to sponsor and have guest speakers at this year’s West Country Tourism Conference which is held at Westpoint alongside the Source Trade Show on 6 and 7 February 2024, with two ‘extended mornings’ of topical presentations. The topics and speakers are as follows:

Tuesday 6 February – Tourism priorities, excellence, accessibility and sustainability

  • Amanda Winwood, Made for Life Organics – “Wellness Tourism. The Future.”
  • Rosie Radwell, MD, Marsham Court Hotel – “On becoming England’s first ‘Changing Places’ hotel”
  • Lyndsey Turner-Swift, Deputy England Director, VisitEngland – “National Priorities – The Year Ahead”
  • Alistair Handyside, Chair, Professional Association of Self-Caterers (PASC) – “2024, A Year of Change”
  • Richard Toomer, Director, The Tourism Alliance – “2024, The Changes We Seek”
  • Andy Banner-Price, The 25 B&B – “The Essentials of B&B Success”
  • Kris Hall and Mica Maurtua, The Burnt Chef Project – “Impact on Mental Health in the Hospitality Industry”
  • Tom Ross, CEO The PIG Hotels – “The PIG, six years on”
  • Andy McNulty, Touch Stay – “The Communication Guests Expect (& How It Can Drive Revenue)”
  • Steven Core, VoltShare – “EV Charging for Tourism”
  • Laura McFadyen and Steve Panton, Stephens Scown – “Employer Essentials in 2024 – HR and Regulatory Update”

Wednesday 7 February – Marketing, social, PR and AI

  • Alastair Banks, Optix Solutions & Your Digital Future – “AI within Marketing – Beyond the Content”
  • Kate Doodson, Joint CEO, Cosmic – “What’s New for Tourism in 2024”
  • Amanda Lumley, CEO, Destination Plymouth – “Creating a Tourism Data Hub for the South West”
  • Wendy Harris, CEO, Anytime Booking – “Travel booking trends, tips and 2024”
  • Verity Slater, Stephens Scown – “The Journey to B Corp”
  • Lawrence Palk and Aaron Learnihan, Wildanet – “The importance of digital connectivity in Tourism”
  • Mark Worden, Director, MiHi Digital – “Encouraging repeat bookers, creating advocates and building your brand for 2024”
  • Thomas Chartres-Moore, Stephens Scown -“Would you accept a booking from AI? And other head scratching questions about technology in hospitality”
  • Neil Warren, Living Options Devon – “Five Ways to Attract the One in Five (Accessing the Purple Pound)”
  • Hannah Morgan & Eloise Ansell, NFU Mutual – “Cybercrime and AI, How You Can Manage the Risk”
  • Mark Durber and Pete Stevens, Clockwork Marketing – “Sustainable Marketing In Practice”

The Conference will start at 09:30 each day and conclude with a pasty or pie lunch at 13:30. The full programme is available here.

You can book your tickets here.