Brexit and beyond to be discussed at Eden tourism summit

Date: Wednesday 3rd October 2018

THE challenges of Brexit and the opportunities to attract more visitors from China to the area are just some of the topics to be debated at this year’s Eden Tourism Summit, which is to be held at the Shap Wells Hotel on 17th October.

Each year the summit attracts more than 100 delegates who seek to explore industry issues with the members of the Eden Tourism Network and the wider local business community.

A line-up of national and international speakers will address the domestic and overseas tourism potential for Eden as a holiday destination as well as looking at potential challenges including Brexit.

Viscount Lord Thurso, chief executive of VisitScotland, is to speak about the challenges and opportunities facing Scotland’s rural tourism economy and how any lessons can be shared locally.

Other speakers include Deidre Wells, chief executive of Visit Kent/Go To Places, and former chief executive of UK Inbound; Kurt Janson, director of the Tourism Alliance; and Helen Tate, research manager at Cumbria Tourism,

Eden District Council's new chief executive, Rose Rouse, will also address the summit.

Jim Walker, Eden Tourism Network’s chairman, said: "Tourism operators in Eden face really challenging times ahead and so never has it been as important to be well briefed and consider all options going forward with the uncertainty of Brexit and a very competitive backdrop."

Jessica Goodfellow, Eden District Council’s joint tourism manager, added: “The calibre and range of speakers and workshop presenters is outstanding. The summit promises to provide our businesses with a stimulating, thought provoking and exciting day.”

Spaces at the summit are limited and businesses can apply by emailing tourismeden.gov.uk or contacting the Eden Tourism Team on 01768 817817.