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From trains to planes! All aboard for the Eden Tourism Summit 2017

Preparing for the Eden Tourism Summit which is being held at Askham Hall on Wednesday 18 October 2017How visitors travel to Eden District in the future is just one of the key themes of the forthcoming Eden Tourism Summit being held at Askham Hall near Penrith on Wednesday 18 October 2017 from 10am-4pm.

The development of the Carlisle and Lakes District Airport is just one of the key opportunities up for discussion at the annual summit which is now in its sixth year.

Each year the Tourism Summit attracts a host of top speakers to Eden District to explore industry issues with members of the Eden Tourism Network and the wider local business community. Speaking at this year’s Summit in the morning session are:

  • Stephen Smith, General Manager, Carlisle and Lake District Airport – Development and opportunities with airport expansion
  • Stephen Joseph, Executive Director, Campaign for Better Transport – Maximising public transport opportunities for visitors and local communities
  • Richard Nicholls, Head of Research and Forecasting, Visit Britain - Research figures and trends UK visitor economy
  • Helen Tate, Research Manager, Cumbria Tourism - Research figures and trends local visitor economy
  • Lindsey Bishop, Hotel and Restaurant Inspector, AA – Hotel Inspector’s view of accommodation grading schemes

Jim Walker, Chair of the Eden Tourism Network said: “The Eden Tourism Summit is now a firm date in the diary for tourism related businesses throughout Eden and the surrounding area. Coordinated by Eden District Council's Tourism Team the aim is to bring the best speakers nationally and locally to Eden to ensure this area's visitor economy performs well. Now in its sixth year and on this occasion at the stunning Askham Hall venue with another strong speaker line up it should prove to be one of the best to date.”

In the afternoon, a series of workshops are guaranteed to prompt lively discussions and ideas with topics including walking and cycling business opportunities, rail travel as part of the visitor experience and how the assets of Local Heritage contribute to visitor enjoyment.

“We are very much looking forward to our Sixth Annual Eden Tourism Summit at Askham Hall, after eight months of planning,” said Jessica Goodfellow, Eden District Council’s Joint Tourism Manager.

“The range and calibre of speakers and workshop presenters promises to provide our businesses with a stimulating, thought provoking day, plus the opportunity to actively participate in the lively workshop sessions in a stunning hotel location.”

Lindsey Robinson, Events Manager at Askham Hall, said: “Askham Hall is delighted to host the sixth annual Eden Tourism Summit. We are really pleased to be working with the Eden Tourism Team and are looking forward to welcoming the delegates who will be arriving on 18 October for this important event, which will be attended by key tourism business representatives from the Penrith, Ullswater and Eden Valley area of the Lake District.”

Registration for the Eden Tourism Summit is now open and the cost per delegate is £20 plus vat. Spaces at the Summit are limited and businesses can apply for a place by emailing: or contacting Eden District Council’s Tourism Team telephone: 01768 817817. For more information about the Summit and the work of Eden Tourism visit:


Notes to Editors: 

  • Visitors - Importance to Eden’s economy

During 2015, Eden attracted 4.64 million tourism visits (visitor numbers up 3.6% on 2014), with a massive £300 million being generated within the local economy through visitor and tourism business expenditure. An economic impact of + 8.6% between 2014 and 2015. During 2015, tourism accounted for more than 4,200 full-time equivalent jobs in Eden.

(Source: STEAM)