Chief Executive - News and updates

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Chief Executive - News and updates

Tourism South East sets out its ambitions for the 2016/17 year across a broad range of activities in the Annual Business Plan.

This is agreed and overseen by the TSE Board of Directors who meet quarterly and receive various reports on both activity achieved and the overall financial performance. The Board decided last year that it would be useful for the members and partners to also get to know in more detail the range of activity that takes place and, to that end, the Chief Executive’s quarterly updates for 2016/17 will continue to be posted on the website following the respective Board Meetings.

Performance during  17/18

Quarter 1 (April - June 2017)

Performance during  16/17

Please see here for the main activities and achievements during the year:-

Quarter 1  (April - June 2016)

Quarter 2 (July - Sept 2016)

Quarter 3   Oct - Dec 2016)

Quarter 4 (Jan - March 2017)

Performance in 2015/16

In many ways 2015/16 was, as predicted,  a landmark year for Tourism South East. At national level the new Government introduced a 5 Point Plan and made radical changes to the VisitEngland/VisitBritain structure. During the year  funds were made available to specifically support overseas marketing in the North of England and the South West and one (the UK Challenge Fund) which required a bidding process for the whole of England. TSE was fortunate enough to secure some additional funding jointly with London & Partners from the UKCF for a campaign targeting the Nordics. For 2016/17 a three year programme called Discover England was launched but only as a competitive bidding and very limited basis.  In effect, these changes re-enforced the need for a cross boundary, public/private partnership focussed organisation such as TSE and this will be vital to its continued success during 16/17 and beyond.

In addition, many of TSE's core programmes had a successful year - Training Services launched two new courses with Welcome to Excellence, VisitEngland and British Marine and continued to deliver across sectors and even internationally; Group and Travel Trade had the most successful year ever including the Excursions showcase event; International Marketing continued to build marketing partnerships (including with VisitLondon) to promote members and partners in Nr, Europe, China, Scandanavia and North America; our domestic PR coverage for destinations and members again hit record levels; the traffic to the visitsoutheastengland website grew exponentially to an all time high; Research Services  further cemented it's reputation for the delivery of cost effective and professional contract work for a range of public and private sector bodies; with the demise of VisitEngland's resources for visitor information support our Visitor Information Service became increasingly important to those destinations needing advice and other delivery options for front end services; and to top it all the South East businesses and destinations had a fantastic regional Beautiful South Awards followed by it's most successful year in a long time at the National England for Excellence Awards.

The activities and achievements  in 2015/16 are identified in my quarterly reports :-

Quarter 4 - Jan - March 2016 is available here

Quarter 3 - October - December 2015 is available here

Quarter 2 - July - September 2015 is available here

Quarter 1 – April – June 2015 is available here.