Tamar Valley Tourism held their first Tourism Conference at Launceston Town Hall on 27th March 2019. The Event was well attended with guest speakers from a wide range of tourism sectors including Visit Cornwall, Mayflower 400, and Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnership to name a few.
There were also trade stands from IWalk Cornwall, Tamar Valley Donkey Park, Exciting Education plus others. Lunch was supplied by Lifton Farm Shop, & coffee by Number 8 Cafe. This is the first of a great new line up of events planned to help promote The Tamar Valley area. See www.TAVATA.co.uk
Malcolm Bell from Visit Cornwall was informative and inspirational, as always. He talked about plans for Devon and Cornwall to work together, for mutual benefit. As 44% of visitors to Cornwall think that ‘memories are made in Cornwall’, it’s the perfect place to be. He said that the future hinges on working to attract overseas visitors, in particular from the USA. Visit Cornwall have a 5 year commitment to double the size of the American market, building on the Mayflower 400 commemorative celebrations next year. The projected 1% growth over the next 10 years means an extra 2 million visitors. Americans love to come to England, and Visit Cornwall are advertising the shoulder months, and things that visitors can do, and how they can travel ie. by train from Heathrow to the South West. www.visitcornwall.com
Tom Cox of Mayflower 400 focused on American visitors too, and 500,000 are expected to visit Plymouth. This will create a huge demand for accommodation in and around Plymouth, in the Tamar Valley and into Cornwall and Devon. His advice is get in touch with them to advertise on their website - by end of May. There is already a surge in bookings for next year. Celebrations open in November 2019 with Illuminate 2020, and numerous events continue until November 2020 - all showcased at The Box, which opens in April 2020. So far, 150 events are planned, with street parties and music events, many on the Hoe. See their website www.mayflower400uk.org
Lizzie Stroud from Railhoildays spoke about the importance of diversifying your business, sustainability, and winning awards which she has done so many times. http://www.railholiday.co.uk/
Sammie Coryton from Pentillie Castle famous for the Sky1 TV Series ‘Delicious’ featuring Dawn French & Emelia Fox, spoke about embracing opportunities and the benefits of working with TV, and how to arrange it. www.pentillie.co.uk
There were also speeches from Adam Paynter (Cornwall Council Leader), Rebecca Catterall (Devon & Cornwall Rail Partnerships), Richard Burrow (Cotehele National Trust), Ewan Murray (Launceston Tourist Information Centre)
For further info or to join TAVATA www.welovethetamarvalley.co.uk