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Wakefield District Tourism Conference

22nd January 2024 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


Join us on Monday 22 January for the first Wakefield District Tourism Conference. Taking place at the Hepworth Wakefield, this free event is an unmissable opportunity for all tourism and hospitality businesses to come together to learn about plans for tourism in the Wakefield District and the wider West Yorkshire region and discover how they can get involved.

Morning sessions will focus on key strategic themes including updates from the West Yorkshire regional LVEP, a presentation of the Wakefield Destination Management Plan as well as panels and presentations. The afternoon format will allow attendees to break out into workshops to focus on key themes such as digital marketing, accessibility and others. You can see the full agenda below:

  • 9am-9.30am Registration/coffee/networking
  • 9.30am Welcome – Cllr Michelle Collins, Portfolio Holder for Arts, Culture & Leisure, Wakefield Council
  • 9.40am The Wakefield Destination Management Plan (led by Blue Sail)
  • 10.40am Tourism intro, Paul Szomoru, Regional Development Lead, North East & Yorkshire, Visit England – talk on national recovery policy progress and intro to LVEP
  • 11am Coffee Break
  • 11.30am Intro to Our Year – Wakefield District 2024 – Jenny Rogers, Our Year 2024 Programme & Partnerships Manager, Wakefield Council
  • 11.50am Panel on opportunities for tourism businesses in the Wakefield District
  • 12.30pm Lunch/networking (option tour of gallery at 1.30pm)
  • 2pm Workshop 1: Delve deeper into the Wakefield Destination Management Plan led by Blue Sail OR Workshop 2: Digital marketing for hospitality and tourism businesses led by Northern Media
  • 3pm Coffee break
  • 3.30pm Workshop 3: Accessibility and opportunities for the sector Jo Verrent, Unlimited OR Workshop 4: Drop in to meet the Experience Wakefield team and find out about opportunities to work with us, Experience Wakefield
  • 4.30pm conference close and thank you

We invite you to join us for the full day and lunch will be provided. Should you want members of your team to join specific workshops in the afternoon, please forward this invitation and encourage them to book for the afternoon sessions only.

For more information please visit: Wakefield District Tourism Conference at The Hepworth Wakefield event tickets from TicketSource


The Hepworth Wakefield
Gallery Walk
Wakefield, WF1 5AW United Kingdom
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