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The Tourism Society Yorkshire

Tourism Society Yorkshire

Tourism Society Yorkshire

The Yorkshire branch of the Tourism Society organises events throughout the region on a regular basis. Attendance is available to members and non-members. The Tourism Society is the professional membership body for people working in all sectors of the visitor economy.

The Society was founded in 1977 with the aim of driving up standards of professionalism in a fast-growing global industry which can have major social, economic and environmental impacts on communities and nations. Its members number over 1100 and represent tour operators, hotel chains, PR, marketing and representation companies, tourist attractions, national, regional and local tourist boards, restaurants, trade media, charities, consultants, academics, students and educational establishments, among others.
Whether you work in the public, private or voluntary sector, are well-established in your career path or are just starting out on a travel or tourism course at college or university, the Tourism Society offers unrivalled opportunities to develop your business contacts and tap into a wealth of experience and expertise.
For more information about events, Tourism Society membership or any other questions, please contact TS Yorkshire chairman, John Gallery Tel: 07967 032623

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Our last event:

Rural Tourism Conference Wednesday 16th October 2019

Rural Tourism is our topic for the Autumn Tourism Society Yorkshire Conference to be held at wonderful Ripley Castle by kind permission of Sir Thomas Ingilby. Date: 16th October 2019.

Programme: 5.30 Arrival | 6.00 Welcome and Introductions | 6.10 Presentations begin.

Presentations from:

  • Julie Barker – Head of Visitor Services, The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority – Dark Skies, Nature Tourism, Local Food – Getting the best from the Special Qualities of our protected areas.
  • Jim Richards – Director, Rural and Business Specialists Limited – Funding for Leisure and Lifestyle business, holiday cottages/complexes, camping, glamping, leisure and outdoor pursuits.
  • Sally Walker – RIBA Conservation Accredited Architect, Native Chartered Architects – Conservation Counts – How good design contributes to rural tourism business success.
  • Richard Bryan – Managing Director, Qa Research – Lessons from rural visitor research.

We’ll end the evening with a buffet supper and wine plus the opportunity to view Ripley Castle.

Book Online at: or contact me at: T: 07967 032623. E: Look forward to seeing you at Ripley Castle, John Gallery, chairman, the Tourism Society Yorkshire.

Past Events

Tourism Society Yorkshire Annual Cricket Match  – Wednesday 10th July 2019

The Yorkshire Gentleman’s Cricket Club at Escrick Park near York is the location once again for the Tourism Society Yorkshire’s annual cricket match. With the England cricket team currently on a winning streak, it’s time for Tourism Professionals to come and emulate them on Wednesday 10th July 2019. Join colleagues from our sponsor Qa Research when we try to replicate Ben Stokes’ incredible catch that he performed against South Africa on Thursday 30th May. Qa won last time so TS Yorkshire’s team need to ‘do an England’ on them in 2019. We start at 5.30pm with the First Over at 6pm and we’ll play 20/20 Buffet and booze afterwards – Barmy Army welcome…. Book Here:

Business Visits and Events Focus North – Tuesday 30th April 2019.

This event was held at Leeds Beckett University and was a collaboration between:
▪    Leeds Beckett Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Management School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management
▪    The Business Visits and Events Partnership,
▪    The Tourism Society Yorkshire
▪    The Conference and Hospitality Show.

Organised by John Gallery of Great Potential who is Tourism Society Yorkshire chairman and Business Visits and Events Research Group chair, the event was attended by destination management organisation professionals, hoteliers, venue owners and general managers and events and business travel agencies, professional conference organisers and event management organisations.

Copies of the conference presentations can be downloaded from the links below.

 Business Visits and Events – A £42.3 billion business – Events are GREAT Britain update – Chris Skeith vice-chair of BVEP

Economic and Social Impact of the Tour de Yorkshire – Lucy Mccombes and Steve Jones. School of Events, Tourism and Hospitality Management, Leeds Beckett University.

Destinations for Events – Nick Brooks-Sykes, Director of Tourism, Marketing Manchester

Business Events UK – VisitBritain/VisitEngland – Kerrin MacPhie Head of Business Events, VisitBritain/VisitEngland

Current and Future Trends in Events – Alistair Turner, Managing Director, EIGHT PR & Marketing

The Events Industry in Action- Emma Cartmell, chief executive officer, the Conference and Hospitality Show

Events for Inward Investment – Chris Skeith, chief executive officer, the Association of Events Organisers and vice chair BVEP (Due to confidential content, Chris’s AEO presentation is only available on request. Please email to request your copy.)