Plymouth Tourism and Visitor Economy Conference – Thursday 20th November 2014

Plymouth Hoe Waterfront photo by Scott GrenneyExperts in the visitor economy will be joining forces to talk to businesses about how delivering excellence can reap positive benefits for everyone at the annual tourism and visitor economy conference taking place in Plymouth.

Being held at The Rhodes@ The Dome on Thursday 20th November, from 10am to 4pm Destination Plymouth has arranged twelve key speakers to provide motivational presentations throughout the day.

Ken Robinson CBE, Chairman of the Tourism Society Policy and Advocacy Group and Board member of the Tourism Alliance will be a keynote speaker on the day.

As the winner of an England for Excellence Award in 1998 for Lifetime Services to Tourism, Ken will discuss why it is important for local businesses to support each other, particularly in the current challenging economic climate, which is seeing many local authorities withdraw from funding tourism completely.

Ken will give an overview of how the visitor economy is changing structurally nationally, why it is crucial that businesses continue to work together in partnership and why ‘excellence is the key to success!’

Ken was awarded a CBE in 1997 for Services to Tourism and is a member of VisitEngland’s Strategic Industry Advisory Group and British Tourism Industry Group as well as a member of the World Travel Market Advisory Council.

He said: “I am very pleased to be talking at the Plymouth Tourism and Visitor Economy Conference in November and meeting other businesses in the industry to hear about their experiences. I am fortunate to have worked with many Government departments and devised tourism strategies in the UK and in my work for the UN’s International Trade Centre, advising nations and regions how to optimise the economic, social and cultural benefits of Tourism.

“Now more than ever before organisations such as Destination Plymouth are vital to provide a strong voice for local businesses, encourage partnership working and to lobby government for funding support for one of the UK’’s fastest growing sectors over the past three years.”

Other speakers at the conference include Pam Foden, the Head of Industry Development at VisitEngland, Carolyn Custerson, Chairman of Visit Devon, and Jonathan Sloane, Managing Director of Hills Balfour – the national PR company working with Destination Plymouth to raise the profile of ‘Britain’s Ocean City’.

Providing a slightly different perspective and their insight into ‘delivering excellence’ will be world class diving coach Andy Banks, the Director of Marketing, Corporate Relations and Enterprise at City College Plymouth, Sharron Robbie and Director of E-Strategy, Stuart Devlin.

Leader of the City Council and Destination Plymouth Director Tudor Evans said: “Plymouth City Council understands the importance of tourism and the visitor economy as a key sector and an area of the economy which will continue to grow and support new jobs. We will continue to support our local businesses by investing in tourism and supporting them as much as possible.

“This conference is a fantastic chance for businesses to network and be inspired. With a number of leading industry experts in the room it’s really one not to be missed.”

Chairman of Destination Plymouth, Duncan Currall, added: “We are delighted to announce that Ken Robinson CBE is joining us at our Tourism Conference. He has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the industry and this is an exciting opportunity for others in the sector to come and hear from him.

“As we move towards the end of 2014 and look forward to 2015 we need to think smarter, act quicker and collaboratively work together to ‘deliver excellence’ for Plymouth, as well as the whole of the South West region.

“Plymouth is fortunate to have fantastic support for tourism and the visitor economy from the City Council together with the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership and City Centre Company BIDS. We all need to continue to work together to ensure that this sector keeps growing as we move towards our Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020.”

The conference is open to all businesses and students in tourism, leisure, retail, hospitality and wider visitor economy  and will run from 10.00am to 4pm. Tickets are £20 per adult, with concessions for charities, businesses in Plymouth’s business improvement districts and students.

For more information about the programme schedule and to purchase tickets visit


Plymouth Hoe Waterfront Website Exclusive – Photos of inside Rhodes @ The Dome

rhodes at the dome plymouth hoe restaurantPhotographer Mike Pitches and I were given permission to take some exclusive inside shots of celebrity chef Gary Rhodes new restaurant. Rhodes @ The Dome.

On site Manager Dave and his friendly staff were happy to help as we popped in during the lunch / evening meal change over. The restaurant is spacious well lit and fully air conditioned with what has to be one of the best views around!

Feast your eyes on the fantastic layout of the restaurant and more in our galleries. View: Photos of inside Rhodes @ The Dome on the Plymouth Hoe. Also a few more images here taken by Scott Grenney. View: Images within Rhodes @ The Dome

I challenge anyone to walk into the restaurant area and not be stopped in their tracks by the stunning view of the Plymouth Sound :).

Rhodes @ The Dome on the Plymouth Hoe – Photos

Rhodes At The Dome - Plymouth HoeMike Pitches and I popped down to take a quick look at Rhodes @ The Dome today. The weather was nice for a change and Mike captured a number of good photos of the newly opened restaurant :).

View Gallery – Rhodes @ The Dome

We’ll also be taking a closer look inside in the near future :).

Gary Rhodes Officially Launches Rhodes @ The Dome

rhodes at the dome plymouth hoeGary Rhodes officially launched his new restaurant Rhodes @ The Dome here on the Plymouth Hoe Waterfront last night.

At the launch, local VIPs were invited to sample the mouthwatering food on offer as Gary Rhodes spoke of his reasons for choosing Plymouth as the location for his only restaurant outside of London.

He told The Herald it would be a fitting addition to Plymouth’s already thriving culinary portfolio.
“It is always exciting to open a new place,” he said.
“You wait so long and then it all comes together very quickly.
“When I came down here I fell in love with the city.
“It has so much beauty about it, the wonderful views it has along the sea line are quite incredible.
“That inspired me, so I have to introduce that into the cooking.
“I want to say a big thank you the people who have been so warm and welcoming to us.”

Read the full story here on the thisisplymouth website…

Rhodes @ The Dome will be open to the public from Friday 25th January 2013!

Rhodes @ The Dome – Opening 25th January 2013

rhodes at the dome plymouth hoeGary Rhodes new restaurant Rhodes @ The Dome opens its doors here on the Plymouth Hoe on Friday 25th January 2013.

The eagerly awaiting opening is sure to get the taste buds flowing. Also today Rhodes @ The Dome have launched an update to their website to give us a look at the restaurant, bar and more… There is also the option to book your reservation online in what is sure to be a hotspot for dining in Plymouth.

Rhodes @ The Dome Website – Restaurant, Bar & Weddings