Businesses, local authorities and training providers learned all about the visitor economy of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire earlier today (June 18).
The Nottinghamshire Visitor Economy Summit took place at the Nottingham Contemporary, in Nottingham City Centre. It was organised by Marketing NG, which works to showcase and develop the visitor economy and tourism offering of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Delegates at the event heard from speakers from VisitEngland, UNESCO City of Literature, the RSPB and the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
D2N2 is the LEP for the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire area and works with its areas businesses, local authorities, skills and training providers and community and voluntary organisations, to grow its areas economy. As part of this D2N2 works across a number of industry areas which are prevalent across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and which have the potential for new businesses to grow.
D2N2’s current eight key sectors are construction, creative and digital, food and drink manufacturing, life sciences, low carbon, transport and logistics, transport equipment manufacturing and the visitor economy. Visitor economy looks at the revenue created and jobs sustained and created by attractions and projects in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire which focus on tourism.
Lindsay Wetton, Senior Programme Manager at the D2N2 LEP (pictured), spoke at today’s Visitor Economy Summit, on the Destination Welcome Training programme. This is a new training programme, designed to give businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire the necessary skills to promote the D2N2 area as a world-class tourist destination, as well as on the work done by the D2N2 Growth Hub, which operates across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to help businesses set up and grow.
D2N2 is working with training organisation Learndirect, in order to deliver the Destination Welcome Training programme. Workshops will be held in June and July across the D2N2 area, on the following dates:
- June 21 – The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire (SK17 6BD)
- June 26 – Southwell Racecourse, Nottinghamshire (NG25 0TS)
- June 28 – Café Sobar, Nottingham (NG1 6DQ)
- July 3 – Café Sobar, Nottingham (NG1 6DQ)
- July 4 – The Old Hall Hotel, Buxton, Derbyshire (SK17 6BD)
- July 11 – East Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Wedding Venue, Rowsley, Derbyshire (DE4 2EF)
- July 12 – Callow Hall Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Wedding Venue, Ashbourne Derbyshire (DE6 2AA)
- July 18 – The School of Artisan Food, Nottinghamshire (S80 3LR)
- July 24 – Southwell Racecourse, Nottinghamshire (NG25 0TS)
Each of these events has a maximum capacity of 15 delegates, and businesses wishing to attend can use the link below each event (as seen above).
Other presentations featured at today’s event included updates from key visitor attractions and brands, including the new Sherwood Forest visitor centre, part-funded by £500,000 of D2N2’s Local Growth Fund, the Nottingham Castle Regeneration, which is being part-funded by £7million of D2N2 funds, a new Nottingham Literary Tourism Trail, the Discover England Fund US Connections project, Mayflower 400 and an overview of the Grand Tour third season by Nottingham Contemporary, which is also being sponsored by the D2N2 LEP
For more information on the D2N2 visitor economy, visit: http://www.d2n2lep.org/key-sectors/visitor-economy
For more information on the D2N2 Growth Hub, visit: www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/
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