'Legend' to speak at conference

AN “Olympic Legend” has been lined up to join the panel of speakers at the Choose Suffolk economic development partnership's annual tourism conference in March.

A YET-to-be-named “Olympic Legend” has been lined up to join the panel of speakers at the Choose Suffolk economic development partnership's annual tourism conference in March.

The event, entitled Destination Suffolk 2012, will include addresses, workshops and networking with a focus on the 2010 London Olympic Games and the opportunities it represents for the county.

Also speaking at the event, at the Trinity Park conference centre in Ipswich on Wednesday, March 3, will be Ipswich Town FC chief executive Simon Clegg, who was chief executive of the British Olympic Association at the time of the Beijing games.

Other speakers will include Sandie Dawe, chief executive of VisitBritain, who will explain how the national tourist board for Britain plans to use the London games to attract more overseas visitors, Paul Simpson, chief executive of Visit Manchester, who will talk about the city's experience when it hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and Alex Paul, tourism manager at Choose Suffolk, who will present the partnership's plans for 2010.


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The opening speech will be given by Andy Wood, chairman of Choose Suffolk and managing director of Southwold-based Adnams and a closing summary will be provided by Andrea Hill, chief executive of Suffolk County Council.

For details of delegate fees and how to book, visit www.suffolktourismpartnership.org.uk.

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