On March 4th Visit Epping Forest will be hosting its third free conference aimed at everyone associated with the tourism and visitor economy centred on the Epping Forest District. The conference is being held at the Marriot Hotel in Waltham Abbey and starts at 9.00am.
The conference is an opportunity to review the development of tourism in the district and hear about what’s planned for the future and how businesses can become involved and benefit. The agenda is:
9.00 – 9.30 Arrival, registration and coffee
9.30 - 9.35 Welcome by Chairman of the Epping Forest Tourism and Visitor Board
9.35 – 9.50 Review of Tourism in Epping Forest by Tourism Development Manager
9.50 – 10.00 Meeting the Tourism Challenge in Essex by Chairman of Visit Essex
10.00 – 10.20 A new approach to partnership working by Chairman of Vibrant Partnerships
10.20 - 10.35 Update on funding through the Rural Development Programme for England by Michael Veasey of Eastern Plateau
10.35 – 10.45 Update on the opening of the refurbished Epping Forest District Museum
10.45 – 10.55 Q&A
11.00 – 11.15 Coffee break
11.15 – 11.30 Group introductions
11.30 – 12.15 Workshops
12.15 – 12.30 Plenary
12.30 – 12.40 Closing remarks
12.40 – 1.30 Refreshments and networking
This event is particularly relevant to those running, or planning to run, attractions, events, markets, arts leisure and sports activities, accommodation, eating and drinking establishments, museums and heritage centres, specialist retail outlets and everyone else whose business benefits from the tourism and visitor economy.
Who should attend:
•Anyone involved with or with an interest in the visitor and tourism economy within the Epping Forest district and surrounding districts
•Anyone looking for business building opportunities
•Anyone who values networking with local tourism and visitor related businesses
•Anyone interested in finding out how Visit Epping Forest and Visit Essex are supporting and promoting business growth within and beyond the district
The programme will include:
An update on the work of the Epping Forest Tourism and Visitor Board and Visit Epping Forest
An update on important improvements to the 2016 range of support from Visit Essex to promote the tourism offer, and maintain a high profile for Essex
An overview of the latest tourism survey on the impact of the local visitor economy
A presentation from Vibrant Partnerships about joined-up working with communities to expand the economic benefits and impact of the major built attractions within Lee Valley Park.
An update on funding through the Rural Development Programme for England by Michael Veasey of Eastern Plateau.
Kindly hosted by the Waltham Abbey Marriott, this important event is free.