COVENTRY has been showcased to leading national tourism figures and destination management organisations (DMOs) from across the country as part of a major convention held in the city.
More than 60 tourism leaders attended the Tourism Management Institute (TMI) Annual Convention was hosted by Coventry Conferences at Coventry University Technology Park – with more than 50 industry professionals joining online via live stream.
Leading figures in attendance included Nick de Bois, Chairman of the Visit England Advisory Board, Sally Balcombe, CEO of VisitBritain and Tourism Alliance’s Kurt Janson.
They were joined by representatives from DMOs ranging in location from Cornwall to Durham.
Conference Coventry and Warwickshire facilitated bringing the national convention – which saw a focus on sustainability – to Coventry and worked closely with TMI to deliver the event.
TMI President Amanda Lumley opened the proceedings, before Councillor Jim O’Boyle, of Coventry City Council, welcomed delegates to the event.
Coun O’Boyle said: “Coventry is open and welcome to visitors. We’re proud of our city and have been completing a number of projects to refresh it over recent years.
“Our projects and investments mix the old with the new. We have a great past and a great future as well.”
Amanda Lumley, President of the Tourism Management Institute, said: “‘TMI’ is the voice of destination management nationally and we represent destinations and associated organisations small and large cross the UK.
“We have had a fantastic two days in Coventry and really been looked after by the new ‘Visit Coventry’ team and Coventry Technology Park conference centre.
“It has been impressive to see what the city has achieved over the last two years as part of their City of Culture 2021 regeneration programme.”
Paul Jones, Managing Director of Conference Coventry and Warwickshire, added: “It was a pleasure to welcome key figures from the tourism sector and DMOS from across the country to Coventry for the TMI Annual Convention.
“It was a great platform to promote our city and shout about the improvements being made citywide to develop Coventry as a business and leisure tourism destination.”