Guernsey Travel Trade Workshop returns for 2012
Due to the resounding success of the 2010 event, Guernsey will once again host a travel trade workshop this week. The Guernsey workshop will follow on from a similar event being staged in Jersey during the first part of the week. These workshops are seen to be vital to both islands and are viewed as a one stop networking and business event for off and on Island trade and tourism industry stakeholders.
The Guernsey workshop, which is being held between Wednesday 16th and Friday 18th May will see over sixty off-Island delegates attend from key markets to hold a series of meetings with on-island delegates.
Many delegates will move from Jersey to Guernsey during Wednesday afternoon and others dedicated to the islands of Guernsey will join on. Countries represented will be the UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria and Ireland. The delegates will represent a total of forty-two business partners from tour operators, travel agents, on-line travel portals, group travel organisers, air and sea carriers to coach operators. Over sixty representatives from Guernsey hotels self-catering establishments and campsites will also attend for meetings during the one day event. Sark, Herm and Alderney will also be represented.
A number of the delegates will be familiar to Guernsey and will be looking to maintain relationships as well as develop their programmes, whilst others will be new business prospects interest.
Jason Moriarty, Director of Marketing and Tourism, Commerce and Employment said, “The aim of the event is to facilitate a series of meaningful business meetings between off-island delegates and those locally who work with the travel trade. In 2010 the time was right to re-introduce this event and due to very positive feedback returns this year. Jason continued to say “It has once again been met with enthusiasm from visiting representation and the local industry. We are extremely optimistic that the event will prove worthwhile for all concerned. At a time when there is strong competition for business establishing, maintaining and nurturing business relationships s key.”
The main business day in Guernsey is being held at Beau Sejour Centre, and will focus on a series of pre-arranged business appointments.
The delegates’ itinerary also includes a Vin d’Honneur being held at Guernsey Museum on Wednesday evening where representation from places of visitor attraction, Bailiwick of Guernsey Guild of Accredited Guides (BBGAG) and things to “see and do” have been invited to attend, as well as a workshop dinner. A series of product educationals is also being held on the Friday morning. These activities will showcase the best that the Bailiwick has to offer.
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