Tourism in the time of Coronavirus

Experience West Sussex, Sussex Chamber of CommerceSouth Downs National Park Authority and Coast to Capital Growth Hub present:

Survive, Revive and Thrive

A series of dynamic webinars for the Sussex Tourism Sector.

Over three webinars, the organisations will bring together industry leaders and business experts to help the Sussex tourism industry Survive, Revive and Thrive. The contents of these webinars will flex and grow as the situation changes.

Produced by PLATF9RM


Session 1: Survive

With tourism at its heart, Sussex has been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis. The aviation and tourism industries were the first to be impacted by the virus, and with a potential phased exit planned, it looks like they’ll be one of the last to restart.

Our ambition is to create a space for the industry to collaborate, innovate, repurpose and discuss what the future landscape of tourism might look like.

Panellists & Contributors for ‘Survive’

Industry Contributors:

Simon Basset

Owner, 2xs

Sophie Tanner

Director of Sales & Marketing, Historic Sussex Hotels

Rosemary French

Owner of Hus B&B

Stephen Manion

Manager, Arundel Castle

Paul Bromley

Communications Director, Bluebell Railway PLC

Panel of Experts:

Phil Green

Director, MD Hub

Dan Soanes

Director & Solicitor, Sherrards Employment Law

Debbie Venn

Partner, DMH Stallard

Debbie Hindle

CEO, Four Communications


Session 2: Revive

Our ambition is to create a space for the industry to collaborate, innovate, repurpose and discuss what the future landscape of tourism might look like. The second session ‘Revive’ was hosted on Wednesday 13 May with a panel of industry contributors  and experts.

Panellists & Contributors for ‘Revive’

Industry Contributors:

Samantha Richardson

Academy Director, National Coastal Tourism Academy

Steph Fuller

Director & CEO, Ditchling Museum

Richard Betts

Adventure Director, Pied a Terre Adventures

Stewart Drew

Director & CEO, De La Warr Pavilion

Mark Driver

Owner, Rathfinny

Andy Sparsis

Owner, The Proto Restaurant Group

Jeremy Pardey

Resort Director, Butlins

Jo Williams

Partnership Manager, Experience West Sussex

Panel of Experts:

Phil Green

Director, MD Hub

Dan Soanes

Director & Solicitor, Sherrards Employment Law

Debbie Venn

Partner, DMH Stallard

Helen Coop

MD, Four Communications


Session 3: Revive part II

Tuesday 2 June 2020 | 12:00 – 13:30

Focusing on three key subjects: Consumer Confidence, Diversification and Innovation in avenues for revenue and Tech in Tourism. Our ambition is to create a space for the industry to collaborate, innovate, repurpose and discuss what the future landscape of tourism might look like. 

The final session ‘Revive Part II’ will be on Tuesday 2 June at 12PM – 1:30PM. Limited spaces available.

Register here