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Visit Isle of Wight’s annual tourism conference is set to welcome a host of speakers from the industry next Tuesday (13th March).

Bembridge Coast Hotel will host the event and attendees will have them opportunity to hear from speakers on a range of topics from accessibility for less abled visitors, to dark sky tourism.

The conference is the sixth of it’s kind and is just part of the work that Visit Isle of Wight carries out to increase the level of tourism on the Island, bringing a global picture of the industry directly to businesses that are part of the Wight BID levy.

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Patricia Yates, Strategic and Communications Director of Visit Britain, will lead the conference with a speech on tourism growth and how the Isle of Wight could increase the visitor economy here.

Conference sponsors Quality In Tourism will discuss their new assessment scheme and the NFU Mutual will lead a presentation on attracting and retaining staff in the tourism industry.

The conference rounds off with the talk from Dr Tim Gale, a senior lecturer at Bournemouth University, who will deliver his views on the closing the performance gap between coastal tourism and the visitor economy nationally.

Visit Isle of Wight’s new MD, Will Myles, will make the closing remarks.

There will be plenty of opportunity for guests to network and Visit Isle of Wight has invited a selection of businesses to bring exhibitions demonstrating the latest updates in their line of work.

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Chair of Visit Isle of Wight, Simon Dabell, said:

“It’s important that tourism businesses keep up to date with what their industry is doing nationally and in particular on how to focus on constantly improving quality.

“The Island’s tourism conference is all about quality, with competition for the consumer holiday spend at it’s highest for several years, we all need to be aware how we can take own offer to the next level.

“With national and local speakers as well as opportunities to network with your colleagues, this conference will definitely be worth attending.”

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