A major tourism body has hosted its prestigious annual convention in the Tees Valley.
The Tourism Management Institute (TMI) has held its “Revive and Thrive” Convention at a number of venues across the region this week alongside the Tees Valley Combined Authority. Walking tours of Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar offered a glimpse of exciting projects to revitalise both towns on Wednesday (19 October).
The TMI’s AGM and a networking evening were also held at MIMA. This featured a speech from Kate Nicholls OBE, Chief Executive of UK Hospitality, followed by a lively question-and-answer session.
Then, it was over to Teesside University on Thursday (20 October) for the main convention with a raft of guest speakers, followed by breakout sessions.
The string of events gave visitors, students, and firms the chance to regroup after two very tough years following the covid pandemic by picking up ideas and establishing links. The TMI represents destinations all over the UK, and champions the tourism and visitor economy.
TMI President Tom Pridmore told the conference he’d been struck by the pride of the Tees Valley. Mr Pridmore said: “Tourism is a fantastic industry to work in and with – it’s creative, it changes people and places.
“I know it’s cheesy, but our visitors make dreams come true for people.” He added: “This event is something where we can all come together and learn from each other.”
The incoming president was also pleased by what the Tees Valley had to offer. He said: “What has impressed me is the pride – you are really proud that TMI chose you.
“That really came out in everyone we met – thank you very much for that.” Outgoing President Amanda Lumley also offered an impassioned speech on the importance of the tourist industry – saying she was amazed by the “bold and brave” plans to rejuvenate Stockton’s Waterfront, and the “stunning” restoration of The Globe Theatre.
Breakout sessions with Tanuvi Ethunandan, the CEO of Data Duopoly, Kevin Millington, of Acorn Tourism, and Shaon Talukder, of GeoTourist, were also held as part of the event.