Westminster Media Forum

The UK tourism industry post-Brexit - skills, investment and the Industrial Strategy

Morning, Tuesday, 30th January 2018

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This seminar will assess key priorities for growth in the UK tourism sector post-Brexit, and the sector’s place in the UK’s Industrial Strategy going forward. 


Delegates will discuss policy to support the further development of visitor economies across the UK including investment in infrastructure, access to funding and options for deregulation - particularly to provide opportunities in rural and coastal communities.


Sessions will also consider how the industry can more effectively use new ways of working, with a particular focus on collaboration, diversifying services and product development, as well as new marketing strategies and the use of data analytics.


With an industrial strategy white paper expected later this year, policymakers and stakeholders will also discuss the development of a tourism sector deal, looking at regulation and connectivity, and assessing key challenges and opportunities as the UK withdraws from the EU. They will assess options for addressing current and future skills gaps, and for visa reform.



Guests of Honour

Giles Smith

Deputy Director, Heritage, Tourism and Cultural Diplomacy, DCMS

Kurt Janson

Policy Director, Tourism Alliance

Sally Balcombe

Chief Executive Officer, VisitBritain

Guests of Honour

Sally Balcombe

Chief Executive Officer, VisitBritain

Kurt Janson

Policy Director, Tourism Alliance

Giles Smith

Deputy Director, Heritage, Tourism and Cultural Diplomacy, DCMS

Keynote Speakers

Deirdre Wells

Chief Executive Officer, UKinbound

Bernard Donoghue

Chief Executive Officer, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions

Chairs

Baroness Doocey

House of Lords Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Tourism

Lord Inglewood

President, Cumbria Tourist Board

Speakers

Lizzie Glithero-West

Chief Executive, The Heritage Alliance

Mark Essex

Director, Public Policy, KPMG

Sir Gary Verity

Chief Executive, Welcome to Yorkshire and Regional Chair, Yorkshire & Humberside Heritage Lottery Fund

John Guthrie

Employment Policy Adviser, British Hospitality Association

Samantha Richardson

Academy Director, National Coastal Tourism Academy