Perhaps there is no better morning to focus on place management and the things that really make a difference to our immediate environment. Today gives plenty of opportunity to do so.
IPM Executive Chair Cathy Parker leads one of several Masterclasses being run as a forerunner to the 16th International Cities, Town Centres and Communities Conference which opens today in Launceston, Tasmania, Australia. Cathy is looking at different methods and approaches to caputring data and information and will use examples relating to the place management evidence base, knowledge partnering and what the IPM engaged scholarship project on town centres has shown us. Cathy will speak to the full conference in Friday on how to attract footfall post the internet.
IPM Director Steve Millington is meanwhile in Kirkaldy, Fife, Scotland and is the keynote speaker at the 2016 Scottish Towns Conference. Some 200 delegates involved in towns across Scotland are expected for the event which features sessions on digital towns, town centre living, creative places, and pro-active planning and place making. Steve will speak about how owns can deliver inclusive growth.
Meanwhile in London, IPM Directors Harold Goodwin and Simon Quin will both be speaking at seminars that form part of the World Travel Market event. With some 4500 exhibitors from 138 countries, this is a truly big event. This year's event is the tenth anniversary of the event promoting resposnible tourism. Harold is the World Travel Market's Responsible Tourism Advisor and has been responsible for putting the programme of responsible tourism events together. Simon and Harold will both speak in a session that looks at Destination and Place Management.
If all this was not enough, many IPM Members and Fellows are also in London for the start of the City Nation Place Conference which kicks off with a half day Think Tank session and continues tomorrow with a full programme of sessions and an Awards Dinner.