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National Tour Guiding Conference Set to Welcome Tour Guides, Visitor Attractions and Tour Operators of Bristol

8th October 2018

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Project supported by Visit Bristol and special ticket rates available local businesses.

Following on from the success of Tour England, which saw Lonely Planet writer Fionn Davenport visit Bristol to experience the remarkable Anglo-American connections that it holds, the Discover England Fund, US Connections project is set to host the National Tour Guiding Conference in London on 9th November 2018 and there are special rates for local tour guides, visitor attractions and tour operators attending.

The National Tour Guiding Conference is dedicated to supporting the development of the tour-guiding sector by sharing valuable knowledge and insight from key speakers, seminars with sector experts and networking opportunities.  The event, sponsored by Blue and Green Badge Tourist Guides is confirmed to take place in Drapers Hall, a unique, historic venue in the City of London.

An impressive line-up of keynote speakers from organisations including Wanderlust, Unique Devon Tours, Kunoi Global Travel Services, XV Insights, Robin Hood @EzekialBone, Visit Cambridge and Beyond and VisitBritain will share knowledge and best practice across the guiding sector as well as insight into cutting edge developments and innovations. There will also be seminars on audience engagement, digital marketing, market insights, developing ‘bookable’ product and working with the travel trade.

Amanda Lumley, Executive Director for Destination Plymouth and DEF US Connections Project Director comments, “Research demonstrates that there is a significant demand from US visitors to have a guided tour whilst in the UK, allowing them to meet local people and bring stories to life through immersing themselves in the heritage and history of England.

Our first national conference will bring together tour guides, businesses and individuals working in the tour guiding sector to share innovation, knowledge and best practice, supporting them to evolve guiding products that will specifically appeal to this target market and we are very much looking forward to welcoming businesses from Bristol to join us.”

‘US Connections’ is a large-scale collaboration between 13 destinations. Led by Destination Plymouth, the project is supported by Visit Bristol and will provide new and immersive touring experiences that bring the real England to life. Themed and destination itineraries will connect culture, history and heritage and offer unique experiences for half, full day and fully themed tours of England. 

It is one of a number of successful projects to benefit from the UK Government’s £40 million Discover England Fund. The Fund is administered by VisitEngland and involves a programme of activity to ensure that England stays competitive in the rapidly growing global tourism industry, by offering world-class English tourism products to the right customers at the right time. The Fund is a central government funded programme of activity, supported by match funding by partners in the public and private sectors.

Tickets for the annual National Tour Guiding Conference can be purchased here and there are special discounted ticket rates for tour guides working in the 13 partner destinations including Bristol. For more information click here

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