We have had a wonderful day at the Westpoint Arena, Exeter to take part in the West Country Tourism Conference, 2016. 14 guest speakers sharing their services for and experiences of tourism and a host of fabulous exhibition stalls awaited us; sharing everything from yummy cakes and ice-cream to funky bespoke up-cycled furniture for hospitality businesses.
It has been a pleasure to chat to so many different people with different skills and experiences but all with the same passion for putting the West Country ‘on the map’ as ‘the’ popular domestic tourism destinations.
The enjoyment and excitement in what they do, and pure love for the West Country counties, shone through in every conversation. I became very aware that I was not the only one not working or living in a county; but nurturing it like my own family and giving it the best life I can through my work.
So, roll on tomorrow where we get to meet more inspiring people and listen to more informative speakers; this time we are making sure that we spend a little more time in the exhibition as we have rather a lot of delicious samples to test…all for research purposes of course!