Westminster Media Forum

Next steps for the UK tourism industry post-Brexit: skills, growth and delivering a sector deal

Morning, Tuesday, 18th June 2019

Central London


This timely seminar focuses on the future for UK tourism - including priorities for driving growth and the development of the tourism sector deal.

We expect discussion to look at the key challenges facing the sector and what is required from the deal to address these, as well as examining the latest progress of the negotiations on the deal between government and industry.

The conference will also be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the impact of latest developments arising from the UK’s planned departure from the EU.

Following the recent publication of a report by the House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns, the agenda also looks at next steps for development of local tourism offerings across the UK. Those attending will discuss the development of ‘tourism zones’, promoting partnerships between the tourism sector and local government, and sharing best practice across regions - as well as improving marketing and promotion, attracting investment, and tackling challenges around planning and infrastructure.

Further sessions will examine the way forward for developing the sector’s workforce and putting it on a sustainable footing for the long-term.

We expect discussion and engagement between policymakers and industry stakeholders on what is needed from further and higher education to equip people with the skills needed for careers in hospitality and tourism - including examining the suitability of T-levels and degree apprenticeships for meeting the sector’s needs.

Those in attendance will also consider what changes are needed from businesses and industry to improve long-term career prospects within the sector and discuss the way forward for addressing concerns around employee turnover.

The discussion will also include a focus on developing and improving productivity within the sector.

We expect the debate to bring out latest thinking on strategies for increasing the UK’s global market share, particularly in areas such as cultural and business events, and on achieving closer collaboration between local tourist business, local authorities, transport infrastructure and other stakeholders in order to extend the tourist season.

Delegates will also consider what more is required from government to improve physical and digital connectivity across the UK - with particular attention being paid to the benefits that the UK’s tourism sector might realise from such improvements.

There will be discussion on developing regional and international transport links, particularly including air and rail, in order to drive sector growth across the UK - addressing questions such as how best to link ports of entry to wider geographic areas, reducing transit times, simplifying journeys and alleviating bottlenecks.

We also expect a further focus on developing digital infrastructure and connectivity for the sector, and the benefits of this for the online footprint of UK SMEs.


Keynote Speakers

Joss Croft

Chief Executive Officer, UKInbound

David Martin

Head of Tourism Strategy and Sponsorship, DCMS

Keynote Speakers

Joss Croft

Chief Executive Officer, UKInbound

Kurt Janson

Director, Tourism Alliance

Timothy Jenkins

Policy and Public Affairs Manager, VisitBritain

John McGrillen

Chief Executive Officer, Tourism Northern Ireland

David Martin

Head of Tourism Strategy and Sponsorship, DCMS


Rt Hon the Lord Shutt of Greetland

Member, House of Lords Select Committee on Regenerating Seaside Towns and Communities


Kate Nicholls

Chief Executive Officer, UKHospitality

Justin Reid

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

Mike Saul

Managing Director, Hospitality and Leisure, Barclays

Jean-Philippe Monod de Froideville

Vice President, Government & Corporate Affairs, Expedia

Christopher Hayton

Corporate Affairs Director, East Midlands Airport

Claire McColgan

Director, Culture Liverpool

Beth Bate

Director, Dundee Contemporary Arts

Gwénaëlle Delos

Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Atout France

Jill Whittaker

Managing Director, HIT Training