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Programme of Events

Greater Manchester Tourism Conference 2019

Programme of Events

8.45am – 9.30am.  Arrival and networking

9.30am – 12.45pm.  Morning session.

Welcome Address: Sheona Southern, Managing Director, Marketing Manchester

Video presentation: How Brand Manchester is currently performing against global indices: The Business of Cities

How Greater Manchester is performing as a visitor destination: Dr Roger Carter MBE, Manging Director TEAM

The Truth about Age: Jamie Peate, Global Head of Retail Strategy, McCann

What’s happening in international tourism with reference to the US market? Gavin Landry, Director, The Americas, VisitBritain

Manchester’s hotel and hospitality industry will look like this in ten years’ time…  Michael Sheldon, General Manager, Clayton Hotel Manchester Airport

11am – 11.30am Coffee and networking

Manchester’s conference and events sector will look like this in ten years’ time…  Simon Jones, Sales Director, EventCity

TXGB: 5 reasons to get connected to TXGB, the new global distribution platform for tourism suppliers James Berzins, Director, TXGB

Workshops – opportunities to grow the visitor economy:

  • Influencer Marketing 101: are you under the influence? Andy Parkinson, Communications Manager, Marketing Manchester and Marianne Fakinos, Senior Global Influencer Manager at VisitBritain
  • Introducing…the official sightseeing pass for Greater Manchester. Thomas Stephenson, Visitor Pass Manager, Marketing Manchester
  • Competing for business: making the most of Manchester. Dr Roger Carter, MBE, Managing Director, TEAM Consulting
  • An introduction to Ctrip and the behaviour of Chinese visitors. Poppy Peng, Market Manager, UK & Nordic, Ctrip

12.45pm-1.30pm Lunch and networking

1.30pm – 16.00pm Afternoon session

Manchester’s cultural offer will look like this in ten years’ time…  Sally MacDonald, Director, Science and Industry Museum, Manchester

Sheona Southern, ‘In conversation with Darren Henley, CEO of the Arts Council.’

Panel Session: Developing Music Tourism.  Chaired by Shain Shapiro, Co-Founder and CEO, Sound Diplomacy.  Panellists include Sacha Lord, GMCA Night Time Economy Advisor, Co-Founder of Parklife Festival and The Warehouse Project; James Allen, General Manager, Manchester Arena; Rose Gill, Managing Director, Manchester Music Tours; Steve Mead, Artistic Director, CEO and Co-Founder, Manchester Jazz Festival; Emma Zillman, Programme Director, From the Fields.

2.35pm-2.55pm Afternoon tea break and networking

The importance of the visitor economy to Greater Manchester – Andy Burnham, The Mayor of Greater Manchester 

Manchester’s public transport offer will look like this in ten years’ time… Sam Li, Senior Innovation Officer, TfGM

Global Case Study – Barcelona Tourist Tax – how it works.  Silvia Susana Flores, International Relations Coordination, Barcelona Tourism

Looking towards the horizon – thinking about the future experiences for audiences and visitors – Dr Adrian Woolard, Head of Future Experience Technologies, BBC Research & Development

4pm Conference closes

NB.The programme is subject to change, and Marketing Manchester reserves the right to amend the conference programme as necessary.