Westminster Media Forum

Priorities for driving growth in the UK inbound tourism industry: skills, productivity and delivering a sector deal

Morning, Tuesday, 18th June 2019

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This timely conference will consider priorities for the driving growth in UK inbound tourism, following the Government’s recent announcement that it will seek to negotiate a sector deal with the industry.


We expect discussion to focus on key areas of work for the sector deal, latest progress and the contributions of stakeholders and policymakers.


Sessions will examine the way forward for developing future skills for the sector, as well as for improving recruitment, retention and long-term career prospects within the UK’s tourism and hospitality industries. Discussion will also take in key priorities for improving the sector’s productivity, including boosting global market share and moving towards a year-round tourist season.


Delegates will consider ways in which to drive better connectivity for the sector - focusing on developing domestic and international transport links, tackling local transport bottlenecks, digital infrastructure and data-sharing within the sector, and issues around visas and immigration.


The agenda also looks at next steps for development of local tourism offerings across the UK - including the creation of tourism zones and promoting partnerships between the sector and local government, as well as improving marketing and promotion, attracting investment, and tackling planning and infrastructure considerations.



Keynote Speakers

Joss Croft

Chief Executive Officer, UKInbound

John McGrillen

Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Northern Ireland

Keynote Speakers

Joss Croft

Chief Executive Officer, UKInbound

John McGrillen

Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Northern Ireland

David Martin

Head of Tourism Strategy and Sponsorship, DCMS

Speakers

Kurt Janson

Director, Tourism Alliance

Justin Reid

Director of Destination Marketing, Europe, Middle East and Africa, TripAdvisor

Mike Saul

Managing Director, Hospitality and Leisure, Barclays