Visit Isle of Wight Tourism Conference 2019!



We’re pleased to be able to invite you to this year’s conference at Parkdean Resorts Lower Hyde Holiday Park in Shanklin on November 20!

Following feedback from last year, we’ve moved our annual conference to later in the year…

Please follow this link https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/visit-isle-of-wight-tourism-conference-2019-tickets-76906937721 to take your FREE place at this year’s conference.

Please note that this conference invite is only for Wight BID levy payers and voluntary contributors.

The main themes of the conference are accessibility and maximising your digital impact in the market place.

The speakers will be announced over the next few weeks, but we guarantee you will find something of interest – and importantly, you will hear how the Visit Isle of Wight 2020 marketing plan is progressing and how you can be involved!

All the information on how to get there is in the invite – including a special offer to travel for FREE courtesy of Southern Vectis…

We look forward to warmly welcoming you to the Visit Isle of Wight Tourism Conference 2019!

Speakers:

Mark Smith

Mark is Chairman of Tourism South East, providing services to stimulate business growth for commercial members and destination partners. Passionate about travel and tourism, Mark has worked in the public and private sectors of the industry for over 40 years.  Management trained with British Airways, he launched new routes and developed new hotels in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Hong Kong and New Zealand.

Chris Veitch

Chris Veitch is an independent consultant with wide experience in the field of accessible tourism. After gaining a First Class degree in Tourism Management, he was a policy executive in the English Tourism Council (ETC) managing projects to improve the accessibility of tourism in England. In 2003 he set up his own practice. 

Chris has been, and is currently, involved in some significant European projects, as well as working closely with VisitEngland, Visit Scotland and Visit Wales, to help develop and promote Accessible Tourism.

He is a Vice-Chair of the UK Charity Tourism For All and a member of the European Network for Accessible Tourism and is also a member of the England’s Inclusive Tourism Action Group (EITAG) and in February 2017, he was appointed by the UK Government to be the Disability Champion for the tourism sector.

Andrew van der Feltz

As senior director for the EMEA and APAC regions at Expedia Group Media Solutions, Andrew van der Feltz drives business development and sales for the growing display advertising space. His team works closely with agencies, destination marketing organizations, hotel and airline partners in these regions. Prior to joining Expedia, Andy was the Director of Business Development & Operations at the Netherlands Board of Tourism & Conventions (NBTC). Prior to this, he also worked at NBTC in the London office as country manager for the UK and Ireland. He started his career at NBTC as marketing manager, after his role as an international marketing manager at VisitScotland.

John Heather

John has been the Senior Agent at the Isle of Wight Agency for six years. Tourism is booming in the UK but no matter the size of your business, there is always a lot to think about when opening your doors to customers. John and his team already work with a number of hospitality businesses across the Island and farther afield providing advice and assistance on more than just insurance.

Ian Griffiths

Ian has worked in tourism his whole life, with the majority of that time spent working with island destinations. Working with islands, is particularly unique, balancing the sustainability of the environment with that of economic factors and influences.

Ian says: ‘I definitely want to strengthen that relationship [with Wight BID levy payers]. Some people don’t like the BID, but I think it’s a fantastic opportunity to engage in the marketing, personally. Working with them to help them understand that and to help us understand why they don’t like it – no one wants to pay more money, but I think it’s an affordable way of promoting the destination.’

Will Myles

Will Myles is the MD at Visit Isle of Wight. In post since March 2018, Will has overseen changes at Visit Isle of Wight, streamlining the operation and ensuring it is in a stronger position to move forward with the task of marketing the Island across the UK and beyond.

Will has great experience in different sectors of the tourism. After several years working in the tourism industry at Ripley Castle near Harrogate then Yorkshire Tourist Board, Will spent over 10 years with P&O Ferries as route Marketing Manager in the north of England and latterly as Partnerships and Continental Marketing Manager for all inbound passengers to the UK. Prior to moving to the Island in 2013, Will was UK Sales & Marketing Manager for Vacansoleil, Europe’s leading camping and mobile home tour operator and has spent 3 ½ years working as Head of Sales and Marketing for UKSA in Cowes.