Chester to host International Tourism Seminar

Posted on 25th June 2012

People in Chester with an interest in how tourism can help meet local needs are invited to take part in a three-day seminar at the University of Chester from 7-9 July when delegates from seven European countries will meet to debate ideas and examine best practice.

The seminar, Creating Sustainable Tourism Destinations, is being organised by Chester Business School as part of its contribution to a European Union funded project called Net4Ps+ which provides local representatives, tourism professionals and universities from cities in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Turkey the opportunity to learn from each other and work together to develop plans for how tourism can be developed more responsibly in the future.

The Chester partnership is led by the city’s International Links Association and the University of Chester with support from Cheshire West and Chester Council, Chester Renaissance and Marketing Cheshire.

Tourism lecturer at the University of Chester, Colin Potts said: “The Chester seminar will combine examples of UK best practice with an introduction to new research being carried out by students at the University and examples of work already taking place in Chester.

“Guest speakers include Anthony Climpson who was awarded the OBE for his work in finding innovative ways to balance the tourism needs of visitors, businesses, the community and the environment in the New Forest. Ray Morrison will explain Chester Zoo’s sustainability plan and Jane Hebblewhite from Cheshire West and Cheshire will lead a site visit examining ways of enhancing Chester’s built environment. Stephen Wundke of Taste Cheshire will explore how places can make more of local produce, and provide tasty examples!”

Mr Potts added: “The University has developing sustainable towns and cities at the heart of its tourism curriculum. It is this practical application of ideas that has made its graduates so sought after and has led its Tourism and Events Management programme to be the fourth highest rated in the UK in The Guardian’s recent university league table”.

The Creating Sustainable Tourism Destinations seminar is free of charge but spaces are limited so people interested in attendance must book ahead. Further information is available here