The fourth annual Greater Manchester Tourism Conference will be held this year on Thursday 17 October and is one of the event highlights of the year for Marketing Manchester members and stakeholders. Last year’s event at the new Crowne Plaza & Staybridge Suites Manchester – Oxford Road, was well received by delegates and in fact worked so well as a venue that we are going back this year.
We again promise a highly informative, participative and business focused day for all members of the tourism industry in Greater Manchester and the North.
This year’s programme is all about looking forward to the next 10 years as we prepare to develop a new 10-year Strategy for the Visitor Economy looking at the opportunities and challenges that we face. The programme will include a collection of thought-provoking talks, interviews, workshops and presentations from high-profile speakers, looking at current developments and the future direction of the sector with relevance for all businesses involved in the visitor economy.
The day will be hosted by Sheona Southern and Nick Brooks-Sykes for Marketing Manchester. Key note speakers include Adrian Woolard, Head of Future Experience Technologies, Research and Development at the BBC who will be sharing with us what the next decade may hold in terms of how we communicate with audiences and visitors; Jamie Peate, Global Head of Research Strategy at McCann who will be taking a deep dive into the truth about youth and age; Gavin Landry, Executive Vice President Americas, VisitBritain who will be bringing us up to date on what’s happening in international markets and Silvia Flores from Barcelona Tourism who will be sharing how they developed and successfully deliver their tourism tax.
You will have the opportunity to hear from these and other expert speakers how Manchester is performing globally and as a visitor destination with discussion on where growth will come from in the next 10 years. A panel session will focus on possible opportunities around music tourism following the recent GM Music Review with a wider look at Culture, in conversation with Darren Henley, CEO of the Arts Council. There will be workshop sessions where you can learn more about the new Greater Manchester Visitor Pass, how to grow your business and how to work with social media influencers. Visit Britain will be sharing with delegates all the latest news on their new on-line platform TXGB and we also hope that Andy Burnham, GM Mayor, will be able to make his regular appearance at the event*.
*to be confirmed
The format for the day is as follows:
- Arrival from 8.45am with a programme until 4pm.
- The day includes refreshments on arrival, tea and coffee breaks throughout the day plus lunch
- A full programme of high profile and engaging speakers, films, workshops, interviews, Q&A and panel sessions plus short soap box sessions
- Networking opportunities throughout the day including a networking lunch
Tickets for the event are available here.The final deadline for bookings will be Monday 7 October 2019. THE EVENT REGULARLY SELLS OUT SO PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BOOK EARLY!
Discounted tickets: £75+VAT (Marketing Manchester members only)
Tickets for non-members: £95+VAT
Once purchased tickets cannot be cancelled or refunded but are transferable. You will need a credit or debit card to make the booking.
Tickets are available here.
Crowne Plaza & Staybridge Suites Manchester – Oxford Road
Event will start in