The third North Pennines Tourism Seminar will be held in Mickleton Village Hall on Wednesday 15 November 2017 (10am-2.45pm). The theme is ‘Above and Below’… Exploiting our special qualities to attract and engage visitors.
The Seminar is aimed at businesses and organisations involved in the visitor economy/tourism in the North Pennines and is held annually.
In the morning we will be gazing upwards considering the stunning dark night skies in the North Pennines AONB & UNESCO Global Geopark and looking at the potential of stargazing tourism in the area:
- Our keynote will be experienced astronomer and communicator Richard Darn. He will be looking at ‘Astrotourism – the bigger picture‘ and will bring an out-of-area perspective. Richard was involved with the designation of the Northumberland Dark Sky Park, is working with the Yorkshire National Parks and has over 40 years experience working in the field.
- Andy Lees (AONB Partnership Programme Manager) and a representative from Allen Valleys Enterprise Ltd (tbc) will introduce the recently launched North Pennines Observatory – highlighting how tourism businesses can get involved.
- Gary Lintern (Chair of the North Pennines Astronomy Society, astrophotographer and astronomer) will introduce us to the dark skies in the North Pennines and look to the future of the new Astro.
After tea, Shane Harris and Simon Wilson (Responsible Tourism Lead and Business Manager, respectively, for the AONB Partnership), will:
- Share the Tourism Asset Mapping tool that the Staff Team have created using Google My Maps
- Highlight the in-depth Tourism Business Survey completed last year
- Launch the new North Pennines ‘Locator Logos’ – helping businesses make the most of their location in the AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark.
After a networking lunch delegates will be invited by Chris Woodley-Stewart (Director of the AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark) to ‘look down’ and consider the potential and profile of geotourism in the area:
- Overview of the North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark – considering the global network and the new UNESCO programme.
- Unpacking tourism elements and opportunities in upcoming geology projects
- Getting everyone involved
The 2017 seminar is being supported through the:
The Seminar is being held in Mickleton Village Hall in Teesdale. More information here.
Booking and cost
Pre-booking is essential. Attendance at the seminar costs £10 per delegate (includes lunch and refreshments). Please click here to book on.
- You can pay using your debit/credit card over the phone by ringing Aimee Lee at the AONB Partnership on 01388 528801.
- Alternatively if you’d prefer to pay by cheque please post to Aimee Lee, North Pennines AONB Partnership, Weardale Business Centre, The Old Co-op Building, 1 Martin Street, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, Co. Durham DL13 2UY.
- If you want to pay by BACs/invoice/internal transfer please contact Aimee Lee for details.
Contact Shane Harris (Responsible Tourism Lead) on 01388 528801 / email@example.com