Kathryn Davis

Head of Tourism - Visit Bristol and Meet Bristol

How long have you been with Destination Bristol and what do you do?

I joined DB in 2000 when it was the Bristol Tourism & Conference Bureau as a Marketing Executive looking after print and PR.  Fast forward several years (and two children) and I am now Head of Tourism.  This involves overseeing the marketing, conference, membership and commercial activities based in the Queen Square office, plus managing the research programme, development opportunities and many of our stakeholder relations.  Working with the team, I focus on strategic planning for the future, learning from the lessons of the past. 

Do you have a typical day?

Never.  There are obvious things like data collection and events that will happen at a particular time, but it could be anything from delivering presentations to representing DB at events, or supporting key stakeholders to develop new business.  One of the best things about Bristol is that there is so much happening and so much being developed – however this can be quite a challenge to stay ahead of but it’s important to be able to introduce new businesses to the opportunities presented by the Visitor Economy.  Basically the only constant about my day is that it always starts with a coffee and usually ends with a small G&T.

What’s your top tip for businesses working with Destination Bristol?

Tell us everything and respond to everything.  We are constantly on the lookout for new partnerships and new ways to promote Bristol and our members, so it always helps enormously if we know what’s happening.  There is nothing worse than learning about something after the event, or too late to do anything with.


Marlena Wolf

Tourist Information Centre Manager

How long have you been with Destination Bristol and what do you do?

I have been working with Destination Bristol since April 2014 when I graduated with a Master’s degree in International Tourism Management at the University of the West of England. In December 2016 I was promoted to deputy manager. It became more challenging. That is why I like it so much. I also enjoy dealing with the tourists and locals who want to discover more about this incredible and independent city. I love my work because the ability to communicate with other people is one of the most valued skills we can possess as it opens up the door to the world.

Do you have a typical day?

Every day at work is different, it brings new interesting people and new, sometimes challenging enquiries that is great because we have a chance to expand our knowledge and it keeps us always busy.

What's your top tip for businesses working with Destination Bristol?

Effective communication and cooperation is crucial to meet all the targets and to make every business happy. We all need to work closely to create a strong brand and to build a unique destination image.

What is your top tip for visitors to Bristol?

Be adventurous! Perfect moments are lying around every corner of this wonderful city waiting to be grabbed :-)

Find out more about all the Visit Bristol, Meet Bristol and TIC Team here

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