Westcountry Tourism Society launch

PUBLISHED: 09:48 09 January 2014 | UPDATED: 09:48 09 January 2014

The Tourism Society are launching a Westcountry section

The Tourism Society are launching a Westcountry section


The leading body for tourism and travel is set to launch a South West section

This month sees the launch of a new Westcountry section of the Tourism Society, with an inaugural event taking place on Thursday 16 January at Plymouth University.

The Tourism Society is the professional body for people working in the tourism and travel industries, including practitioners, educators, students, and consultants. It has over 1000 members worldwide, and 60 across the Westcountry.

The Society already has sections in Yorkshire, Cumbria, Scotland and Wales - and January sees the launch of a new Westcountry section to enable regional meetings, discussions, and sharing of ideas across the UK’s premier leisure tourism region.

One of the best-rated Tourism Society activities is the annual ‘Prospects’ event, when experts gather each January to share their predictions for tourism through a mix of presentations and discussion. It normally takes place in London, but is now coming to the region with a mix of streamed presentations from London and a local panel discussion on how forecasts will impact the far South West.

The Westcountry panel will include managers and directors from the English Riviera Tourism Company, Plymouth University, and the South West Tourism Alliance, amongst others.

The event will be at Plymouth University on Thursday 16th January, with presentations and discussion from 6.00 pm to 8.15 pm followed by food, drink and networking.

Chairman of Tourism Society Westcountry, Robin Barker FTS, says: “The Westcountry is the UK’s premier leisure tourism region and the Tourism Society the top forum for keeping in touch with latest trends. Combining the two to bring events to this region makes sound sense, and with 50 people already booked I am really looking forward to the launch.”

The event is open to everyone, with best rates for Tourism Society members. Full details and online booking are at www.tourismsociety.org

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