New chairman among changes at tourism association
North Northumberland Tourism Association’s AGM, in Wooler’s Cheviot Centre, heralded several changes for the organisation.
The theme of the day was sustainability and began with a delicious buffet lunch showcasing local food.
After a welcome and introduction by Lord Joicey, guest speaker Jude Leitch, from Northumberland Tourism, gave an update on tourism trends, followed by Chris Ferguson talking about the Ad Gefrin Whisky Distillery, an exciting new development in Wooler.
Iain Robson (Northumberland Coast AONB) spoke passionately about ways in which tourism businesses and visitors can engage with the AONB Coast Care project to help keep our beaches clean.
Dave Harris-Jones, who as well as managing Heatherslaw Mill runs a successful green tourism operation, Laverock Law Holiday Cottages, with his wife Harvest, then gave an inspiring talk about simple and cost-effective steps to running a more sustainable business.
Long-serving chairman Jeff Sutheran and vice chairman Ian Kille stood down from the executive. Two new members, representing Bamburgh Castle and the Black Bull in Lowick, were voted on with Harvest Harris-Jones elected chairman.
Harvest spoke about her excitement about taking the NNTA forward, saying: “This is an exciting time for the tourism sector in Northumberland having won the British travel awards best county destination.
“It is a place full of passionate people who love where they live and work, and this is reflected in our offer to our visitors. We are all ambassadors for Northumberland and we want our visitors to take home memories that they can treasure and leave only foot prints behind.”
After questions from the floor the meeting ended with a presentation made by Lord Joicey, on behalf of the members, thanking Jeff and Ian for their hard work within NNTA over the last few years and wishing them well for the future.
For more information about the NNTA or to become a member please visit https://www.thesecretkingdom.uk