The third North Pennines Tourism Seminar was held in Mickleton Village Hall on Wednesday 15 November 2017 (10am-2.45pm). The theme was ‘Above and Below’… Exploiting our special qualities to attract and engage visitors.
Over 60 people attended the event which was aimed at businesses and organisations involved in the visitor economy/tourism in the North Pennines. Here’s the programme.
In the morning we gazed upwards considering the stunning dark night skies in the North Pennines AONB & UNESCO Global Geopark and looked at the potential of stargazing tourism in the area:
- Our keynote was experienced astronomer and communicator Richard Darn. He looked at ‘Astrotourism – the bigger picture‘ bringing 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) introduced 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) introduced us to the dark skies in the North Pennines and looked 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):
- Shared the Tourism Asset Mapping tool that the Staff Team have created using Google My Maps;
- Highlighted the in-depth Tourism Business Survey completed last year; and
- Launched the new North Pennines ‘Locator Logos’ – helping businesses make the most of their location in the AONB and UNESCO Global Geopark. Download an application pack here.
After a networking lunch delegates were 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
- Richard Darn – Astrotourism – the bigger picture
- Andy Lees – Introducing the new North Pennines Observatory
- Gary Lintern – North Pennines Dark Skies & the new North Pennines Astronomy Society
- Shane Harris – Report on the Tourism Business Survey 2016
- You can access the full report here
- Simon Wilson/Shane Harris – Tourism Asset Mapping – what we’ve created and how you can use it
- Shane Harris – Launching the new North Pennines ‘Locator Logos’
- You can download an application pack here
- Chris Woodley-Stewart – The North Pennines UNESCO Global Geopark and upcoming geology projects
The 2017 seminar was supported through the:
Contact Shane Harris (Responsible Tourism Lead) on 01388 528801 / firstname.lastname@example.org