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Tourism - new horizons

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 at 9:30AM - 1:45PM
The Town Hall, 1 Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6EF
RTPI West Midlands

The tourism industry contributes around £5.8billion to the West Midlands economy each year and directly provides over 100,000 jobs. The sector covers a wide range of activities – from the world-renowned Shakespeare properties to the multitude of small-scale attractions in town and country.

After attending this seminar you will have improved your understanding of:

  • The importance of tourism to the regional and local economy
  • The needs of the tourism sector in being able to provide a wide range of attractions and accommodation
  • The role of planning in supporting tourism while taking into account environmental and other factors


Rachel Baconnet – Team Leader (Town Centres and Tourism), Warwickshire County Council

Suzanne Clear – Senior Adviser (Planning and Rural Affairs), National Farmers Union

Andrew Erskine – Senior Associate, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy

Helen Peters – Chief Executive, Shakespeare’s England

Dr Geoff Willcocks – Executive Bid Committee for Coventry UK City of Culture 2021


This event is a morning seminar followed by lunch.  There is an optional guided walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon town centre in the afternoon, at no extra charge.  After booking the seminar email to book for the tour.


This event is eligible for booking at a reduced cost as part of the RTPI West Midlands multi-buy.  Find out what other events are included in the WM multi-buy, the cost and how to book.