Tourism Symposium 2016 to be held at UCB

June 2016


UCB is to host one of the UK’s leading tourism conferences. 

Tourism Symposium 2016, which this year takes place on June 6 and 7, will be held at McIntyre House, UCB’s award-winning centre for undergraduate and postgraduate study. 

The conference, which is organised by the Tourism Society, has established itself as the country’s foremost cross-sectoral event for tourism professionals and those working in related sectors. 

It is a chance for Birmingham to showcase itself as a place to visit, meet and invest. Delegates will be taken on guided study tours exploring the diverse range of locations used in television and film, including Hustle, Line of Duty and Dancing on the Edge

UCB’s International Tourism Management lecturer Paul Bamber said a number of students would be involved in promoting and organising the event. He added: “We are delighted to host the Symposium. This is a reflection of UCB’s links with the tourism industry and the excellent facilities available at McIntyre House. It also recognises Birmingham’s growing reputation as a cultural destination. It’s exciting that tourism students will be directly involved in organising the event.” 

This year's theme of: ‘The Business of Tourism: What are the new drivers for tourism today?’ will be explored by a line-up of senior speakers. 

They include Alison Clark from Arts Council England, Caroline Norbury MBE from Creative England, Chris Foy from VisitBritain, and David Massingham from the International Dance Festival Birmingham. 

Gregory Yeoman, Executive Director of the Tourism Society, said: “It is great news that the Tourism Symposium is being held in Birmingham. I am looking forward to the study tours exploring the city’s canals, its film locations and the fantastic new library, and I know the delegates will be very well looked after by our host venue, University College Birmingham. 

“This important cross-sectoral event attracts speakers and delegates from a wide range of tourism-related businesses, and everyone always learns a great deal and comes away with an extensive list of new contacts.”