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What is Faith Tourism?

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Best Western Plus Stoke on Trent Moat House

Etruria Hall

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Destination Staffordshire have commissioned a project to investigate the opportunities faith tourism could bring to Staffordshire’s tourism sector, during this year a strategy and action plan are being put together to identify growth opportunities.

Through this work, we have already established, in 2015 (latest full year), ‘domestic’ leisure tourists who undertook a faith-based activity in the UK accounted for a total of 20.89m trips with an associate spend of £2.8billion and we know that can correlate to activity already happening in Staffordshire, did you know there is a Primitive Methodist trail locally? That there are 5 religious retreats in Staffordshire? And most weekends church groups of over 100 people attend pilgrimages to venues across Staffordshire? We would like to share our findings so far with you and examine proposed activity.

Our project manager Emma Clarke is hosting 2 events in September, where she will talk to you about her findings so far, the potential economic value to Staffordshire and where the prospective markets could be. She is also looking for your input into this project, do you already benefit from visitors on a pilgrimage? Have you ever been asked about visiting local churches or religious history in the area? Emma would like you to be part of the decision on potential activity that is put forward at the end of this piece of work and is keen to talk through your ideas.

We would like to invite businesses from every aspect of the tourism sector, from accommodation providers, to attractions to food and drink venues, you can all have a say. This interactive session will take up to 2 hours, at the end we will provide lunch to say thank you for taking time out of your day.

We are holding 2 events, one in the South of Staffordshire at Swinfen Hall on 13th September and one in the North at Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moat House Hotel on 14th September. Please try to attend one of them.

10am - Registration with tea & coffee

10.30am - Meeting commences

12.30pm - 2 course hot and cold buffet lunch


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