Westminster Media Forum

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

Morning, Tuesday, 18th June 2019

Central London


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

Delegates will discuss key areas of work for the deal, latest progress and priorities going forward - with the sector being asked to consider issues including accessibility, accommodation capacity, potential growth in new and emerging markets, and providing lifelong careers.

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, with discussion expected on recruitment, business confidence and practicalities emerging around borders and connectivity.

Further 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.

Priorities for improving the sector’s productivity will also be discussed, including strategies for increasing global market share and options for moving towards a year-round tourist season.

Delegates will consider ways in which to improve connectivity - focusing on developing domestic and international transport links, 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. Those attending will discuss new ‘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.

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


Baroness Doocey

Liberal Democrats Spokesperson for Tourism and Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tourism, Leisure and the Hospitality Industry


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

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