I was very honoured to have been asked to be a sponsor of and provide the event photography for the very first Visitor Economy Summit for Nottingham. The weather couldn't have been better as I walked across the University of Nottingham Campus to the East Midland Conference Centre. With over 200 delegates expected, the excitement was palpable and everyone was really looking forward to the launch of the newly re-branded Visit Nottinghamshire from its previous incarnation as Experience Nottingham.
Checking the camera was set up and pointing my lens at the stage, the first few speakers were a veritable who's who of the movers and shakers in marketing Nottingham as a brand. The combined might of Simon Gray (Nottingham Partners), Paul Southby (Marketing NG) and Brendan Moffett (Visit Nottinghamshire) took us through the vision of Nottinghamshire's future and to the first break.
Keynote speakers from Visit England took a caffeine and sugar fueled room through tourism trends. I drifted around the room looking for angles to photograph Peter Knott, Area Director of The Arts Council England speak about the cultural attractions for visitors. Mayflower 400 speaker Emma Tatlow took us to lunch with a presentation all about the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower in 2020.
Lunch was a feast for both the eyes and belly. The Orchard Hotel being a part of the East Midlands Conference Centre provided the main course with three choices as well as a delightful salad for any that had already over done with the earlier cake. The School of Artisan Food brought bespoke meat and cheese nibbles with artisan breads from their base at the Welbeck Estate as well as ales brewed by Welbeck Abbey Brewery. I hope everyone left a little room for the cakes laid out on the tables back in the summit room care of the Lace Market Hotel.
The GuidiGO story from Fabrizio Bortolotti showed how technology can be a great tool in tourism. The thing I learned on the day was Nottingham's UNESCO City of Literature status with is something I had no idea about.
The boys from the great Doughnotts handed out wonderful looking doughnuts as delegates filed out at the end of a very insightful day. With just a few head shots of some of the Visit Nottinghamshire and Invest in Nottingham to photograph my day was as the official photographer was almost over.
After a run through what I had shot across the day and sending off the images ready for the next days press release, I enjoyed a very nice bottle of Welbeck Abbey Brewery's Portland Black courtesy of the Artisan School of Food which went down a treat. Always with camera close to hand I couldn't resist the urge to take a quite a stylised product shoot of my reward for the day.