Green Tourism Business Network - Tuesday 26 February 2013 - Upcott House, Okehampton 

Come along to hear the latest on key topics, share ideas and experience with fellow businesses and to tour some leading businesses. Whether you’re an old hand, looking for the next step or starting out, you’re very welcome. In this first meeting of 2013 we look at the past, present and future and there’s a chance to try out electric vehicles. download full programme here 

11:00   Arrival - First opportunity of a short tour of Upcott House

11:30  Welcome – Neil Warren, Centre for Business & Climate Solutions. The newly-established Centre at Exeter University is supporting the network’s activities as part of its support for the tourism  sector.

11:35 ‘This OIe House’ – Nils Westman.  68% of SW tourism businesses are in properties that date back to pre-1919. While their character has clear appeal they can prove a challenge when it comes to energy. How can we improve efficiency while retaining character and aesthetics? What solutions remain for listed buildings? Nils is an architect with the local, award-winning practice, Studio Ok, which has a particular specialism in sustainability and energy.

12:10 Sociable Sustainability – Jim Hardcastle.  Social media is an increasingly essential part of tourism business’ communication. But how can its potential be realised to convey your green credentials and involve your visitors in this aspect of your business? As a former AONB Officer for the Mendip Hills, Jim has years of communicating sustainability messages through traditional methods but now specialises in helping organisations get the most out of social media.

12:50 The Future’s Electric? – Kay Bickley & Catherine Goff.  With travel one of the most significant elements of a visitor’s carbon footprint but public transport options often limited, can electric vehicles help to provide part of the solution? Kay and John from Upcott House will share their passion for electric cars and how tourism businesses can work together, while Catherine from Devon Cycle Hire covers the potential for electric bikes to flatten Devon’s hills.

13:15 Lunch & Networking.  A chance to try out the electric vehicles and see more of Upcott House before departing.

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