Thought Leadership

What matters most to Family Travellers now – report on Big Themes Series by Board member, John Speers

This week as part of the Tourism Society’s Big Thinkers Big Themes series we heard from Andrew Dent, Katie Bowman and Ed Grenby – the new highly awarded editorial team at Family Traveller Magazine as it sets to relaunch across UK, Germany and US. With 7...

WHAT ON EARTH HAVE WE LEARNED? Big Theme Session with Anna Pollock and reported by Board member John Speers

As Earth Day comes around again the question we should all ask is what more can we do to help? I had the greatest pleasure of speaking with Anna Pollock about this as part of our Big Thinkers and Big Themes series at the Tourism Society....

From a community park to a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Is Black History storytelling finally being liberated?

In a Tourism Society first, Board Member, Shaon Talukder chaired a live link-up event between UK and USA, hosting Ramon Manning, Chairman of Emancipation Park Conservancy, Houston, Texas for a fascinating discussion titled, “The Journey from a Community Gathering Place to an International Destination.” Mr. Manning...

Report on interview of true pioneer of responsible tourism – Zakia Moulaoui Guery- of Invisible Cities

Report by Shaon Talukder, CEO and Founder Geotourist, and Board Member of the Tourism Society.   From Sir Trevor McDonald, to speaking at global TED Conferences to the The Tourism Society, this week, I had the privilege of interviewing a true pioneer of #ResponsibleTourism and a...

Hotels Sector Update in April’s Journal- Martin Evans FTS

Like so many sectors, the last year has seen the UK hotels sector grapple with Covid safety protocols and the rapid pace of technological change just at a time when overall demand has fluctuated from month to month like never before, and key market segments that...

Is the term staycation analytically useful? Michael Hitchcock gives his view in the April Journal

The term ‘staycation’ came into popular use in the early 2000s, but it may be considered to be slightly problematic as it seems to have acquired a variety of meanings. Is it a kind of holiday in which one stays at home taking leisure trips to...

The end of silo mentality? Stuart Render gives his opinion in latest Journal

One of the recurring messages coming out of industry webinars during the last few months has been the importance of building relationships. Stuart Render, of coach and group tourism specialist Stuart Render Tourism, asks whether more needs to be done as part of ‘building back better’....

Tourism Society DMO Panel March 24th – we debate the challenges and opportunities – Richard Denman, FTS, reports

The final session in our Big Thinkers series of online events focussed on a highly topical issue, the future of Destination Management Organisations.  The event had become even more relevant following the government announcement of its Independent Review of DMOs.  A panel of four leading figures...

Chris Haslam : Big Thinkers in Tourism 17th March 2021

In the series of online discussions by the Tourism Society it was so riveting to listen to Chris Haslam, award-winning travel journalist for the Sunday Times, about a subject that is so topical today – transforming travel.  This is the opportune time we really ought to...

The Relentless Pursuit Of Happiness Graham Donoghue CEO Sykes Cottages

It takes a lot of people, tech and ingenuity to sell “happiness” Graham Donoghue is the softly-spoken but determined and clear thinking CEO of Sykes Cottages and, as part of our Big Thinkers in Tourism series, he lifted the lid on the forensic attention to detail...

Big Thinkers in Tourism with Gloria Guevara Manzo – someone with a tight grasp of her brief and a 4 point ask

Gloria Guevara Manzo President of the World Travel and Tourism Council and former Mexican Tourism Minister was the Tourism Society’ guest on 24 February in out “Big Thinkers in Tourism” programme. The WTTC was created 30 years ago to conduct global research into the industry, share...

Does the UK government take tourism seriously? Kevin Kaley, Chair, gives his view

I have recently found myself asking that question more and more. Sometimes of others who I think should have a strong view but mostly of myself. In both cases I am seldom convinced by the answer I get. Having worked in both the private and public...