Tuesday 18 November Annual Tourism Conference

A nice day forecast and typically we have a prior engagement. One cottage out with two back in, both have been here before. One cleaner up after we departed for Buxton, later than I hoped. The annual Visit Peak District & Derbyshire Tourism Conference was taking place at the Palace Hotel. The main theme this year was green and sustainable tourism. We couldn’t park at the hotel so had to park a few roads away, the trouble was we thought we were walking the right way back to the hotel but weren’t! Hence we arrived just after the first speech had started. Most interesting was the new ‘themed’ advertising campaigns to bring new tourists to the area as well as a preview of the 2009 brochure. Like last year there were a number of workshops to attend and the first was about the relaunch of the Visit Peak District & Derbyshire web site which will happen in a couple of weeks time (www.visitpeakdistrict.com) Next was a follow on from one of the workshops last year and this gave us ideas to link places to form itineraries depending on what the guests were interested in. There were so many facts I learnt about the area that I could never remember them but luckily we will get email briefing sheets to remind us. Then a break for lunch during which we had a look at some of the display stands as well as meeting up with James from Haddon Grove and Sarah from Critchlows and Ashford Farm Cottages. The final workshop was about green practices, a lot of which we have already actioned. The final speaker talked about green tourism after which we made our way back to the car and managed to find it without any problems! Stopped off at Morrisons. When got back one cottage had already arrived, the other did not arrive until nearer 8pm. Phoned my sister and we finalised arrangements for the funeral on Friday. We will go down on Thursday evening and stay with friends. So plenty to do tomorrow. Sat down just after 9pm to watch the recorded episode of Spooks.