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The last few weeks have seen the Destination Lincolnshire team head to events taking place all over the country. From London to Leeds and Lincolnshire, find out all about how we've been flying the flag for Greater Lincolnshire and Rutland...

LVEP Parliamentary Showcase

We took a little bit of Lincolnshire and Rutland to Westminster yesterday, for the very first LVEP Parliamentary Event!

Our Marketing and Development Manager, Jennie Lowthian, spent a fantastic day in London, representing Lincolnshire and Rutland at the first-ever LVEP Parliamentary Showcase, meeting with MPs and ministers to discuss the benefits of the new Local Visitor Economy Partnership programme and showcasing the significance of our industry.

💡 Worth £2.8bn in visitor spend
💡 Attracts over 39m visitors
💡 Supports over 32,000 jobs

The event was a resounding success with 33 LVEPs, including Destination Lincolnshire and Rutland, in attendance, and the VisitEngland team showcasing the benefits of the LVEP Programme to 52 MPs as they oversee the exciting restructure of English tourism.

The new simplified structure of accredited Local Visitor Economy Partnerships will better support the sustainable growth of local tourism. MPs were invited to meet with their local tourism body and representatives from VisitEngland to learn more about tourism in their area as the hosts aimed to raise awareness and understanding of LVEPs by MPs, strengthen and build connections between MPs and their LVEPs and VisitEngland, and create advocates for LVEPs ahead of future spending reviews.

Lincolnshire and Rutland MPs and Peers, including Lord Taylor of Holbeach, Martin Vickers and Karl McCartney attended the showcase.

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SELCP Cultural Conference

Closer to home, Sarah Barrowby, Commercial Manager here at Destination Lincolnshire, headed to the first South & East Lincolnshire Cultural Conference on May 22.

Part of the Partnership's Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation project, the conference brought together over 150 guests from across the art, culture and heritage community. The conference recognised the important role that culture plays in place-making, attracting visitors, driving economic growth, inspiring regeneration, connecting with our communities and delivering health, wellbeing and social benefits through lots of great examples and experiences.

Sarah provided insights into the visitor economy and how culture can shape our place DNA. Workshops and activities included John Cairns talking about ACE funding and looking at examples of how they’ve supported local organisations, like Chainbridge Forge in Spalding, and walking tours of Boston, provided by Jane Keightley.


Over in Leeds, CEO Charlotte Gopy joined countless colleagues and peers at UKREiiF.

The UK’s Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum, this 3-day event exists to connect people, places and businesses to accelerate and unlock sustainable, inclusive and transformational investment.

Charlotte spoke at the East Midlands Roundtable event on the Tuesday evening and then joined the Hotels and Hospitality insights panel on the Wednesday. Expert panellists included James Dunne, Head of Operational Real Estate, from abrdn, Tony O'Brien, UK Development Director at Travelodge, and Paul Thomas, Vice President, International Hotel Development, Marriott International Hotels.

The discussion provided a variety of perspectives and insights into the UK hospitality market, the impact of both investors moving away from high-carbon assets and customers wanting greener places to stay, as well as evolving regulatory requirements.


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