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Programme of Events

Greater Manchester Tourism Conference 2017

Programme of Events

8.45am – 9.30am.  Arrival and networking

9.30am – 12.45pm.  Morning session

What Manchester needs to do next….? Steve Ridgway, Chair Visit Britain

The Connected Consumer – what can Google tell us about visitors to Manchester. Fedor Babkin, Global Travel Industry Manager – Google UK

How is Manchester performing?  Learning from Expedia. Nicola Cunningham, Area Manager North and Central England and Cassandra Johnson, Market Manager, Expedia

Performance watching – 7 trends for Tourism, Sharon Orrell, Head of Visit England Research

Place management and the sense of place for visitor destinations: how is Manchester doing? Simon Quin, Institute of Place Management/Visiting Professor MMU

How’s business? A review of 2017 and predictions for 2018.  Nick Brooks-Sykes, Director of Tourism, Marketing Manchester.

Soap Box sessions, ‘My Tourism Manifesto for Greater Manchester is…’

  • Dave Moutrey, CEO HOME
  • Jonathan Schofield, Manchester Tourist Guide/Writer/Editor
  • Thom Hetherington, CEO Holden Media

12.45pm-2.00pm Lunch and networking

2.00pm – 16.30pm Afternoon session

Sheona Southern, ‘In conversation with Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham’.

The Art of Storytelling, Guy Hughes-Wilson- Vice President, Western Europe, BBC Advertising

Panel Discussion on Business Tourism – Future trends in the conference industry and how they will affect Manchester: Chaired by Richard John, Mash Media. Panellists from Manchester Central, The Lowry, Manchester Hoteliers Association, Manchester City Football Club and Marketing Manchester.

Soap Box sessions, ‘My Tourism Manifesto for Greater Manchester is…’

  • Nathan Lee, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund NW

16.30pm Networking and drinks reception sponsored by Expedia. Tours of Hilton Garden Inn Emirates Old Trafford Hotel will be available.

NB. The programme may change and Marketing Manchester reserves the right to amend the conference programme as necessary. There will be several networking opportunities throughout the day including a drinks reception at the end of the day.


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