Experience Oxfordshire brings together UK travel industry experts for their annual ‘Insights from the Experts’ conference

Mar 12 2018

Experience Oxfordshire is hosting its annual Partner Conference ‘Insights from the Experts’ at Jurys Inn, Oxford on the 26th April 2018. Now in its second year, the full-day event brings together national experts from the across the Visitor Economy sector to share their expertise and insight on a range of issue that affects the industry. This is a great opportunity to hear from leading figures across the Visitor Economy sector, gain up to date insights and an exclusive opportunity to engage with the ‘Experts’.

The confirmed line-up includes;

  • Bernard Donoghue FTS – Director at ALVA at The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions
  • Stephen Darke – Acting Deputy Director for Heritage, Tourism and Cultural Diplomacy at Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS)
  • Richard Nicholls – Head of Research and Forecasting at VisitBritain/VisitEngland
  • Alison Rice – British Broadcast Journalist
  • Kerrin MacPhie – Head of Business Events at VisitBritain/VisitEngland
  • Patricia Yates – Director of Strategy and Communication at VisitBritain/VisitEngland
  • Manish Kastia – Head of Strategy at Digital Dialog
  • Gary Grieve – Founder and Managing Director of Capela China.

The event will be chaired by Hayley Beer-Gamage, Chief Executive at Experience Oxfordshire, who commented:

“It is great that Experience Oxfordshire is able to bring together such a range of high profile guests to share their knowledge, expertise and insight on the issues and opportunities that affect the Visitor Economy sector. It is a fantastic opportunity for our Partners to meet and question our panel and ultimately take something away from the event that will help improve their business. We are delighted to once again have attracted such a high calibre of industry experts and sponsors to our event and look forward to welcoming them to Oxfordshire.”

The event will be held at Jurys Inn Oxford who are hosting and sponsoring the event for the second year. Commenting on the event Anna McInnes, Hotel Manager for Jurys In Oxford Hotel and Conference venue:

“We are delighted to welcome back the ‘Insights from the Experts’ event for a second year. The visitor economy is vitally important to our business, and as the new Hotel Manager, I am very pleased to support an event which provides real insight for all businesses working within the tourism sector for Oxfordshire. Well done to Experience Oxfordshire for their continued hard work for the county.”

David Holland, Managing Director of Glide Media, co-sponsors of the event

“We believe that building strong relationships with key Destination Management Organisations is a fantastic way to attract new visitors for our customers. The work that DMO’s like Experience Oxfordshire do within the tourism sector is invaluable so we are delighted to show our support by sponsoring the ‘Insights from the Experts’ event in April”.

The ‘Insight from the Experts’ event is part of a rolling programme of events is free for Experience Oxfordshire Partners and is part of a programme of events, seminars and networking events organised by Experience Oxfordshire for its Partner network. Non-Partners are welcome with tickets priced at £99 per person plus VAT.

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For more information contact:

Martin Walker

Phone: 01865 686433

Email: martin.walker@experienceoxfordshire.org  / press@experienceoxfordshire.org


Experience Oxfordshire is the official Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for Oxfordshire. We are the trading arm of the parent charity, the Experience Oxfordshire Charitable Trust, and are a not-for-profit partnership organisation that is committed to the promotion, management and development of Oxfordshire as a great destination to live, work, visit and do business.


Jurys Inn Oxford is the newly refurbish Jurys Inn hotel located in Oxford, just a stone’s throw away from the Oxford City Centre, and the A34. This venue has recently received a £10.8m refurbishment. With 240 stylish rooms, and 20 meetings and events rooms, Jurys Inn Oxford is the perfect base for hosting any future events.


Glide Media 
is one of the region’s fastest growing print distribution specialists, delivering class-leading promotional services for over 15 years. We operate a vast network of leaflet display stands spanning nine counties in the South-West & Midlands. This gives us access to fantastic and diverse locations ranging from hotels to shopping centres and provides our customers with the opportunity to expose their promotions to more people, more often.