Key Points
  • Brexit and Beyond - Maintaining the Britain's Competitive Edge as an International Tourist Destination
  • Visit London, Visit England, Visit Britain - Collaboration, Regeneration and Funding: Supporting Local Visitor Economies
  • Red Tape & Regulation - Supporting the UK Tourism Sector and Going for Growth
Guest of Honour

Giles Smith Head of Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Diplomacy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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Overview
Taking place over a year on from the publication of the Government’s Tourism Action Plan, and with the full impact of Brexit yet to be understood, this event will provide delegates with a timely opportunity to discuss and debate future priorities for the UK tourism sector and ensuring the UK maintains an attractive, accessible and welcoming destination.

Brexit and Beyond – Maintaining the UK’s Competitive Edge as an International Tourist Destination:

The implications of Brexit for international tourism and travel organisations, the challenges and opportunities of border controls and visas for inbound and outbound EU tourism, access to EU workers and the impact on consumer rights and protections in relation to healthcare and air travel.

Visit London, Visit England, Visit Britain - Collaboration, Regeneration and Funding – Supporting Local Visitor Economies:

With over 50% of international tourist spend still restricted to London delegates will assess the latest thinking on supporting local visitor economies; building capacity and infrastructure to attract visitors and encourage inward investment and regeneration funding such as the Discover England fund; best practice collaborative approaches bringing together businesses and local authorities; and ensuring all regions are able to compete for a slice of the £19.6 billion overnight domestic spend.

Red Tape & Regulation – Supporting the UK’s Tourism Sector and Going for Growth:

Options for reducing red tape, developing ‘common sense’ regulation and recognising the tourism sector’s contribution to the economy and employment.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Registration, Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Opening Remarks

 

09:05 - 09:35
Supporting UK Tourism

 

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Giles Smith Head of Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Diplomacy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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09:35 - 10:35
Brexit and Beyond - Maintaining the UK’s Competitive Edge as an International Tourist Destination

 
How will withdrawing from the European Union impact the tourism and hospitality sector workforce and what are the policy priorities for access to labour and addressing future skills gaps?
To what extent has Brexit impacted the UK’s appeal as an international tourist destination and what needs to be done to ensure the UK remains a welcoming and attractive destination, particularly for European tourists?

What are the opportunities and challenges of improving the UK’s appeal further afield through improvements to the visa system and building on the ‘Great China Welcome’ campaign?
What are the emerging options for developing a bespoke UK-EU aviation agreement in order to avoid potential disruption to air transport routes between the UK and European Union?
How are UK based air passenger carrier approach the challenges and opportunities of Brexit and what might be the potential impact on jobs on the UK economy if carriers move their bases to the European Union?




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Deirdre Wells OBE Chief Executive Officer, UKinbound

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Alan Wardle Director of Public Affairs, ABTA

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Tim Alderslade Chief Executive, Airlines UK

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10:35 - 10:40
Closing Remarks

 

10:40 - 11:05
Refreshment and Networking Break

 

11:05 - 11:10
Welcome Back

 

11:10 - 12:10
Visit London, Visit England, Visit Britain - Collaboration, Regeneration and Funding: Supporting Local Visitor Economies

 
Over one year on from the Tourism Action Plan, what progress has been made in building a collaborative approach to sign-posting the best of Britain and ensuring tourists are able to discover and access regional attractions and destinations?
What are the challenges and opportunities of improving cooperation between the transport and tourism sectors and what impact has the BritRail initiative had on encouraging travel outside of initial destinations?
How can national tourist boards, local delivery partners and attractions capitalise on inbound tourists interests in visiting other parts of the country, and what are the priorities for promotion and advertising, both at the point of arrival and departure?

What role should major destinations, such as London, Manchester, Liverpool and Edinburgh, play in supporting the tourism sector in the wider economy?
Who are the trailblazers in exploiting local cultural and natural points of interest as a means of attracting new visitors?
What are the challenges and opportunities for supporting tourism-led regeneration and what impact will local authority budget cuts have on the capacity for redevelopment and investment in cultural attractions?

How can local visitor economies attract inward investment and cultural attractions to their regions and what are the next steps for building partnerships with attractions and building on initiatives such as the Discover England fund?
How can local authorities improve their capacity to increase visitor numbers?

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Adrian Barsby Chair, Welsh Tourism Alliance

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Deirdre Wells OBE Chief Executive Officer, UKinbound

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Anthony Pickles Head of Tourism Affairs, Visit Britain

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Malcolm Bell Chief Executive, Visit Cornwall

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12:05 - 12:55
Red Tape & Regulation – Supporting the UK’s Tourism Sector and Going for Growth

 
How does the UK’s approach to red tape and regulation compare internationally and what are the priorities for removing barriers to growth and ensuring the UK’s tourism sector remains competitive?
What are the key priorities for cutting red tape and bureaucratic barriers to growth in the UK’s tourism sector?
What progress has been made on the four areas of regulation highlighted for progress in the Government’s Tourism Action Place and what are the emerging options for adapting the regulatory framework?
What is the latest thinking on reducing the level of VAT on tourism services in the UK?


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Kurt Janson Director, Tourism Alliance

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David Weston Chairman, The Bed and Breakfast Association

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12:55 - 13:00
Closing Remarks and Thank you's

 

End

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Tim Alderslade Chief Executive, Airlines UK

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Adrian Barsby Chair, Welsh Tourism Alliance

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Malcolm Bell Chief Executive, Visit Cornwall

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John Guthrie Employment Policy Advisor, British Hospitality Association

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Kurt Janson Director, Tourism Alliance

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Anthony Pickles Head of Tourism Affairs, Visit Britain

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Giles Smith Head of Tourism, Heritage and Cultural Diplomacy, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

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Chris Veitch Trustee, Tourism for All

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Alan Wardle Director of Public Affairs, ABTA

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Deirdre Wells OBE Chief Executive Officer, UKinbound

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David Weston Chairman, The Bed and Breakfast Association

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Venue details

Central London


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