2018 Tourism Symposium, 4-5 June

Monday June 04, 2018
Tuesday June 05, 2018

Tourism Symposium 2018

Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th June 2018
@tourismsociety  #TSymp18


The Tourism Society’s annual Tourism Symposium is the only UK-based industry-wide tourism conference and is a must-attend event for anyone wanting to hear the latest ideas and developments from across the tourism sectors.

This year the Tourism Symposium will be held at the UNESCO world heritage site of Maritime Greenwich and offer an exciting and fast paced programme of expert speakers to discuss global trends, challenges and opportunities facing the tourism and travel industries.  We’ll cover topical issues including future tourism workforce, capitalising on innovation, balancing the benefits and effects of over-tourism, examining the value of heritage as an attractor for economic development and all from a UK, EU and international perspective.

A pre-conference programme of both experiential and educational discovery tours along with an informal networking reception will ensure delegates are shown a fully comprehensive view of tourism in Greenwich.

Symposium Partners - To view our sponsors and supporter profiles - tbc





Monday 4th June

Afternoon: Discovery tours of Greenwich

Evening: Informal networking reception open to delegates and Tourism Society Members and their guests

Tuesday 5th June

A full day conference with exhibition area starting with an 8.30am registration.                                        


Monday 4th June - Greenwich Discovery Tours


Three Discovery Tours have been created by Visit Greenwich and their partners to showcase the diverse range of experiences offered within this historic and vibrant London Borough.

Study Tour One: Old meets new - keeping heritage current through events, conservation, culture and use of digital technology.

See conservation up close and in action in the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, including the Old Royal Naval College and Royal Museums Greenwich.  These new projects aim to keep heritage conserved and also to attract and engage with new audiences.  Includes a Ceiling Tour at the Painted Hall.

Study Tour Two: Greenwich Peninsula

Once only known for its staging of the Millennium Celebrations now home to The O2, new visitor attractions, events and experiences, and as a hub for digital smart technology, pioneering architecture and a design district.  This tour includes a river trip on MBNA Thames Clippers, a walk over the iconic roof at Up at The O2 and a flight on the Emirates Air Line cable car.  The more extreme of the study tours!

Study Tour Three: Woolwich, UK Cultural Destination

Woolwich – with a rich heritage, strong transport links and exciting events calendar, is one of the UK’s Cultural Destinations (The Arts Council / Visit England programme) funded to develop a 5-year destination management plan, new events programming, a new website and marketing activity.  With a new Creative District in the pipeline for 2020, it is an exciting story to see unfold, making sustainable cultural use of a former munitions factory.   This tour includes a visit to the Royal Arsenal, the emerging Creative District and a chance to sample locally brewed beer. 


Monday 4th June – Summer Evening Reception
Join Tourism Society members, their guests and Symposium delegates for a Summer Reception of informal, relaxed networking, refreshments and canapes at the elegant Queen Mary Undercroft, with the Old Royal Naval College site prior to the full day conference on Tuesday 5th.

Event starts: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Location: The Colonnade of Queen Mary House / Queen Mary Undercroft, Greenwich

Tuesday 5th June - Tourism Symposium Full Day Conference


A full day of discussions, presentations and conversations covering:

  • Tourism Development vs Destination Conservation – the tensions and related issues of infrastructure, visitor management, over-tourism
  • Travel, transport and technology: influencing travellers’ choices pre, during and post trip
  • Breaking through Brexit – how the inbound, outbound and domestic operators preparing for a new landscape
  • Future workforce – skills, training, opportunities and equality in the workplace

Event starts: 8.30am - 3.50pm
Location: University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College


Ticket Options:

Symposium Package Ticket prices* (no VAT to add)
Symposium package ticket includes Discovery Tours and Evening reception on the Monday 4 June and the full-day conference (inc lunch) on Tuesday 5 June. Travel and accommodation are not included.
Tourism Society member £159       ~       Non-Member £199
Day Delegate Ticket prices* (no VAT to add)
One-day ticket for the Tuesday 5 June Conference (inc lunch).  Travel and accommodation are not included.
Tourism Society member £119       ~       Non-member £159
Student Day Delegate Ticket prices* (no VAT to add)
One-day ticket for the Tuesday 5 June Conference (inc lunch).  Travel and accommodation are not included.
Tourism Society member £50       ~       Non-member £65
Summer evening reception Ticket prices* (no VAT to add)
In addition to attending the Evening Reception this ticket offers the opportunity to register for a Discovery Tour.  
Tourism Society member £60       ~       Non-member £75
*Please contact events@tourismsociety.org if you have any questions


Accommodation HQ:

We are delighted to announce Devonport Hotel (De Vere) as the Symposium 2018 Hotel HQ.

Information will be released shortly on Symposium room rates - TBC


Hotels – Special Symposium Offer Rates:

Visit Greenwich has negotiated rates for the Tourism Symposium 2018 at three Greenwich hotels and is pleased to offer a free online accommodation booking service to delegates attending this event.

Double Tree by Hilton London Greenwich – Special room rates - TBC

InterContinental London The O2 - Special room rates - TBC

Venue Information

University of Greenwich
Old Royal Naval College

SE10 9NN

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