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About the Chilterns Tourism Network

The Chilterns Tourism Network (CTN) is a group of 200+ Chilterns tourism contacts, representing 176 tourism businesses, with an interest in working together to develop the tourism economy and promote the Chilterns destination brand. We have seen a huge growth in our network since we first formally met at the Wateside Theatre in Aylesbury in the winter of 2010.

A broad range of visitor economy interests are now represented including; accomodation providers, visitor attractions, theatres, pubs, specialist food providers, museums, tour operators, countryside sites, market towns, local authorities and statutory tourism bodies.

CTN’s mission and activities

The primary goal is the promotion and increased awareness of the Chilterns as a desirable destination to visit, experience and stay throughout the year. The CTN is focusing on leisure visitors and in particular the short break market for sustainable tourism ‘get out of town breaks’ based on six brand themes, such as Countryside Activities, Historic houses and gardens, food and film tourism. Further details are contained in the CTN's Business Plan.

CTN’s activities include:

  • Succesful business networking events
  • Tourism information exchange and regular e-newsletters that have a high engagement level
  • Maintaining and promoting the growing and respected www.VisitChilterns.co.uk
  • Extensive, engaging social media activity
  • Data gathering such as the Chilterns accommodation occupancy surveys
  • Promoting use of the free online marketing resources for businesses
  • Press, PR and social media programme
  • Lobbying for greater awareness of the volume and value tourism can have to a local economy.

If you would be get involved and attend our regular networking meetings, please email info@visitchilterns.co.uk 

Composition of the CTN and current governance

The Chilterns Tourism Network is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It is not a formal membership organisation and there is no joining fee. The businesses on the CTN’s mailing list have shown an interest in the activities of the CTN and on being kept informed via e-newsletters and emails. CTN meetings are well supported, and are hosted at our partner venues across the Chilterns. 

The CTN has no paid staff. It is managed by three directors and a steering group (see below) which sets the organisation’s objectives and manages the delivery of the work programme on behalf of the network. If you are interested in joining the steering group please get in touch, we are a dynamic and friendly group and would be interested in hearing from you, click here for further details. CTN directors and steering group members can be contacted on info@visitchilterns.co.uk 

Annette Venters, Chilterns Conservation Board (Director and Steering Group)

I have been involved with tourism work for 20 years, ranging from tourism development for local authorities to tourism consultancy. I grew up in the Chilterns and returned to work for the Chilterns Conservation Board as Access Officer. My role involves promoting understanding and enjoyment of the Chilterns AONB. The Chilterns is already a popular day-trip destination, our priority now is to increase short break tourism to this beautiful area.

 

 

 

 Peter Coneron - Tring Together (Director and Steering Group)

In 1982 I moved to the village of Wigginton, overlooking the market town of Tring. Through our retail business I became involved in voluntary work in the local community. I was elected a Councillor on Tring Town Council serving as Mayor of Tring in 2000/2001. During my time on the Council I chaired the Tourism and Transport Partnership and was also involved in setting up a new organisation Tring Together. Tring Together is passionate about promoting Tring and the Chilterns as a destination brand to residents, businesses and visitors. It is a unique Market Town with its own visitor attractions and is also a Gateway to the Chilterns. Tring Together is a founder member of the CTN and it is a privilege to serve as a Director.

  

Mary Tebje - MTA Tourism Leisure (Director and Steering Group)

I am a tourism professional with considerable international marketing, travel trade and PR experience having worked for visitor attractions, emerging destinations and DMO’s in the UK and South Africa! I left the corporate world behind in 2000, having worked at a senior level in customer experience and marketing management for The Tussaud’s Group (now Merlin Entertainments) and Tower Bridge Experience, to set up my own tourism and marketing consultancy. I am proud to be a founder Chilterns Tourism Network member and now Director and really believe the local visitor economy has a bright future offering visitors value for money and amazing experiences!

 

 Sarah OsborneSarah Osborne – Tourism Angles (Director)

I was very lucky to grow up in the Chilterns, and returned a few years ago to live in Marlow. Much of my 20 years in tourism has been spent working in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire; originally as Tourism Manager for Windsor and now in Location Tourism. 70-80% of the filming locations for ITV’s long-running detective series, Midsomer Murders, are in and around the Chilterns; and the show airs in over 100 countries. Visit Midsomer has been successful in its primary aim to support the rural economy through increased visitor spend in market towns and villages. A five-year period in Asia brought some interesting tourism experiences including working for the national museums in Singapore and looking at B&B potential in Papua New Guinea.

 

  Charlotte WalkerCharlotte Walker, Bucks Business First (Steering Group)

Charlotte is the destination co-ordinator for Visit Buckinghamshire.

   

 

 

 

 

 

Richard De Peyer

Richard De Peyer, Bucks County Museum Trust (Steering Group)

Richard is the Director of the new Bucks County Museum Trust and has previously run the County Museum in Dorchester, Dorset and the Macclesfield Museums Trust. His interest in tourism development is long standing, he organised a successful Joy Division Festival at Macclesfield in his final year there. He was actively involved in the Chester and Cheshire Destination Management Organisation and in the establishment of an annual Textile Festival collaboration in East Cheshire, N Staffs and Derbyshire.

 

 

Becky SalisburyBecky Salisbury, Salisbury Pubs (Steering Group) 

I discovered the Chilterns back in 1999 when my husband David and I launched our first pub in Frithsden near Berkhamsted. The Alford Arms was shortly followed by The Royal Oak in Bovingdon Green, just outside Marlow, so my regular commute between our two award-winning pubs, takes in a huge chunk of this lovely area. Having previously worked in developing new sites for pubs nationally and heading up food development for a well known brand, it is a joy to spend time in this beautiful part of the world and also why I am so happy to get involved with CTN in the hope of spreading the word far and wide.

 

 

 

Please contact Annette aweiss@chilternsaonb.org  if you are interested in joining our steering group. 

Volunteering opportunities with the Chilterns Tourism Network

The CTN is looking for a volunteer to assist with a number of tasks. Volunteers can either work from home and/or from the Chilterns Conservation Board’s office in Chinnor (Annette Venters is based here and would provide input). The range of tasks is shown below, from administration to more challenging tasks with a chance to be creative. Even if you can only offer a couple of hours a week we would be interested to hear from you.

  1. Research and update the ‘Events’ and ‘Places to Visit’ listings on the Visit Chilterns website to keep them fresh, seasonal and interesting.
  2. Analyse Visit Chilterns web traffic, identify the profile of on-line visitors. 
  3. Research which Chilterns attractions are open in the winter months, with a view to creating a new section on the Visit Chilterns website.
  4. Keep the CTN mailing list up to date. 
  5. Carry out an accommodation occupancy survey.
  6. Encourage businesses to use the Chilterns branding.

Person required: someone with an interest in tourism who is computer literate and able to work independently. Knowledge of the Chilterns would be very useful.
What will you get out of it? the chance to undertake varied tasks and gain knowledge of the Chilterns tourism sector, as well as developing valuable working skills.
Contact and further info: aweiss@chilternsaonb.org tel 01844 355508

 

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