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Programme of Events

Greater Manchester Tourism Conference 2018

Programme of Events

8.45am – 9.30am. Arrival and networking

9.30am – 12.30pm. Morning session

Welcome Sheona Southern, MD Marketing Manchester

Destination UK: Tourism for the Future Sally Balcombe, CEO Visit England and VisitBritain

City Comparator: Marketing Berlin Burkhard Kieker, CEO Visit Berlin

Building Europe’s Biggest Garden Project: RHS Bridgewater, Salford Sue Biggs, CEO Royal Horticultural Society

11am Coffee and networking

Culture Club: Manchester’s Cultural Ambition – Chair Paul Bristow, ACE; Dave Moutrey, Director and Chief Executive HOME and Director of Culture Manchester City Council; Helen Palmer, Co-Director Creative Tourist and Co-Director Palmer Squared; Fiona Gibson, Business Director Octagon Theatre Bolton; and Chad McGitchie, Head of Visitor Teams – Manchester Museum & The Whitworth, University of Manchester.

New Tourism Product Tasters – 5-minute updates on new cultural attractions and venues that will be opening in 2019/2020. Morning sessions are Manchester Jewish Museum and Oldham Cultural Quarter.

What a year! A review of 2018 and looking forward to 2019 – Nick Brooks-Sykes, Director of Tourism, Marketing Manchester


12.30pm-1.30pm Lunch and networking

1.30pm – 16.30pm Afternoon session

GM Visitor Economy Talent Alliance – how can this help your business? Michael Sheldon, GM Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport and Jack McDougall, Head of Sales and Recruitment – Growth Company, Education and Skills.

A choice of workshops including; Working with The Factory, opportunities for collaboration; Understanding International Distribution Channels, VisitBritain; and the new GM Business Tourism Strategy, Marketing Manchester.


Tea and coffee will be served in the workshops


New Tourism Product Tasters – 5-minute updates on new attractions and venues that will be opening in 2019/2020. Afternoon sessions are Band on the Wall and Manchester Museum.

80 years in the Sky: the remarkable story of Manchester Airport Andrew Cowan, CEO Manchester Airport

In Conversation’ – Sheona Southern MD Marketing Manchester in conversation with Joanne Roney, CEO Manchester City Council

16.30pm Drinks reception and networking, sponsored by the Manchester Hoteliers Association.

Tours of the new Crowne Plaza & Staybridge Suites Manchester – Oxford Road 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.