Engaging businesses and communities with the tourism economy in historic towns – How to work with BIDs, Neighbourhood Plans, and the USP of your area.
The Historic Towns Forum has long seen the value in working with retail, tourism bodies councils, private companies and local communities in order to help practitioners within historic towns make the right connections to develop, promote, and understand what works within their town centres.
Working with several proactive and innovative bodies from within the sector, this July 31 and August 01 we are offering an event in conjunction with the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, the Town Council, Visit Herefordshire, Herefordshire College of Technology and new HTF partners ASHTAV. The event will focus on how to engage businesses and communities with the tourism economy, how to set up BIDs, make the most of neighbourhood planning, and importantly, how to work within current legislation using best practice and knowledge sharing case studies.
Reception at the Herefordshire College of Technology
|09.30||Welcome and Introduction||Noël James, HTF Director|
|09.35||Welcome to Hereford – a forward thinking historic city||Mike Ashton, Chief Executive, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce|
|Session 1: BIDs and tourism economy|
|10.00||How to engage communities with the tourism offer – the national perspective||Jason Freezer, Head of Destination Management, VisitEngland|
|10.30||Cambridge’s approach to Tourism and recently approved Business Improvement District||Emma Thornton, Head of Tourism and City Centre Management -The Tourist Information Centre Peas Hill Cambridge|
|10.50||Keynote: Lead Councillor||tbc|
|11.20||Q and A|
|12.00||BIDs panel with AMT, ATCM, Visit Hereford, others above and Chamber of Commerce – debate and discussion session|
|12.30||Q&A from the floor|
|Session 2: Community engagement – ways forward|
|13.30||The practicalities of grassroots Neighbourhood Planning and Community Engagement – real case studies||John Romanski, Senior Neighbourhood Planning Advisor, Planning Aid England, Royal Town Planning Institute|
|13.55||Keynote, Neighbourhood Planning 18 months on: the Government / Community interface||Charlotte Dring, Direct Engagement, Decentralisation & Neighbourhood Planning Team, DCLG|
|14.20||Community Engagement and Neighbourhood Planning discussion panel with above speakers, councillors and other expert speakers inc Neighbourhood planning case study groups from other areas. Q&A from floor|
|Session 3: Engaging with the physical space|
|15.30||Infrastructure and Public Realm of Hereford – a different look at planning within an historic city||Barrie Sheldon - West Merica Deputy Police Crime Commissioner and|
Paul Daykin - Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design specialist TKNC
|16.00||Guided tour of historic Hereford|
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