Visit Isle of Wight’s annual tourism conference is set to welcome a host of speakers from the industry today (Tuesday).

Bembridge Coast Hotel is hosting the event between 10am and 2pm and attendees will have them opportunity to hear from speakers on a range of topics, including from accessibility for less-abled visitors, to dark sky tourism.

In its sixth year, Visit Isle of Wight says the conference is part of the work it carries out to increase tourism on the Island, showcasing a picture of the industry directly to businesses which are part of the Wight BID levy.

Patricia Yates, Strategic and Communications Director of Visit Britain, will lead the conference with a speech on tourism growth and how the Isle of Wight could increase the visitor economy.

Bembridge Coast Hotel

Conference sponsors, Quality In Tourism, will discuss their new assessment scheme and the NFU Mutual will lead a presentation on attracting and retaining staff in the tourism industry.

The conference rounds off with the talk from Dr Tim Gale, a senior lecturer at Bournemouth University.

Visit Isle of Wight’s new MD, Will Myles, will make the closing remarks.

Chair of Visit Isle of Wight, Simon Dabell, said:

“It’s important that tourism businesses keep up to date with what their industry is doing nationally and in particular on how to focus on constantly improving quality.

“The Island’s tourism conference is all about quality, with competition for the consumer holiday spend at it’s highest for several years, we all need to be aware how we can take own offer to the next level.

“With national and local speakers as well as opportunities to network with your colleagues, this conference will definitely be worth attending.”