Tourism - Space for growth Mar 20 2018 09:00 - 16:30


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We are delighted to deliver VisitAberdeenshire’s second annual tourism conference. This one-day conference is open to all tourism businesses in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, including non-members and members of AGCC. If you do not already have an AGCC online profile you can book your place by giving us a call on 01224 343901.

Tourism is a key sector of the North-east economy, supporting 20,000 jobs in the region and around one in ten of Scottish tourism jobs.

Following on from the success of the 2017 sold-out conference, held by the region’s destination management organisation VisitAberdeenshire, the 2018 full day tourism conference will look at unlocking our potential, as well as giving a relaxed environment in which to exchange ideas and network with like-minded people.

Speakers include:
Andrew Wilson, founding partner, Charlotte Street Partners
A compelling look at the global trends and sustainable economics of tourism – Scotland’s most future proof industry

Jennifer Craw, chief executive, Opportunity North East
Overview of the progressive renaissance agenda underway in the region and the important role tourism plays in the future of the regional economy.

John Sharkey, executive vice president, SMG Europe
Discover how local businesses can get involved in the exciting opportunities the new AECC provides and practical advice on how organisations adapt.

Sally Greenhill, managing director, The Right Solution Limited
Exploring how Aberdeen can win more business events, what makes a successful destination and how the region can gain advantage over the competition.
Chris Foy, chief executive, VisitAberdeenshire & Peter Jordan, head of insights, Toposophy

A stimulating look at the findings and recommendations that will form a new, five-year destination strategy for North-east Scotland

Duncan Cockburn, chair, Culture Aberdeen
A fascinating insight into the new Culture Strategy and how the themes impact on the tourism, economic diversity and place-making agendas 

Liz McIntyre, principal and chief executive, North East Scotland College (NESCOL)
Maximising the benefits of utilising skills, innovation, growth and success for businesses striving for excellence in the tourism sector.

Panel Session - Innovation in Tourism
There is no shortage of vision and innovation in the North-east of Scotland. We focus on four projects that could help change the face of tourism in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

Chris Bain, Aberdeen Harbour Board
As the region gears up to become a major port of call for cruise itineraries, hear about the exciting next chapter for the oldest existing business in the UK

Guy Macpherson-Grant, director, North East 250 Limited
Responding to the growing demand for iconic touring routes, find out why North East 250 is an inspirational Must Do Trip for 2018

Martin Byers, chair, North East Trail Centre Organisation (NETCO)
Delivering the ambitious vision for a major facility that could put Aberdeenshire into the major league of adventure sport destinations

Dr Fiona McIntyre, managing director, Greyhope Bay
How passion and commitment to serve the local community and visitors alike is the aspiration for a new marine experience centre for Aberdeen

About the event
The day will comprise of a variety of presentations in which delegates hear from expert speakers who can help their business, with the opportunity to ask questions as well as dedicated networking breaks.

Meet with exhibitors:
Aberdeen Football Club / Sodexo: Prestige Venues & Events
Direct Distribution
Healthy Business Healthy You
HOP Software

Who should attend?
This conference is designed for tourism operators of all shapes and sizes.

Does your business operate in a different sector, but has something to offer this audience? Why not find out about ways in which you can promote your product or services. Whether you want a platform to promote your brand, or the opportunity to have a small stand at the conference, there are a variety of promotional options.

Want to find out more?
Interested in sponsorship, take a look at the available packages here or email or call 01224 343912 for more information.

Follow the action on the day on twitter using #tourismABDN18



The Chester Hotel
59-63 Queens Road
AB15 4YP
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