Join us for our first ‘Fireside Chat’

Tuesday March 14, 2023

A warm welcome awaits The Tourism Network’s Susan Briggs and NewcastleGateshead Initiative’s (NGI) Ian Thomas as we launch our new virtual ‘Fireside Chat’ series this month.

The first episode airs on Wed 22 March, 13.30-14.00, taking place during English Tourism Week (17-26 March).

Tune in to the LinkedIn Event as TXGB’s James Berzins explores how the ‘experiences’ landscape is evolving with our expert line-up.

We will be digging into the key trends dominating the UK’s domestic tourism scene and how, together, we can drive deeper connections to meet the consumer on their terms.

As the ‘fireside chat’ format suggests, we’re walking away from a corporate webinar presentation in favour of a more relaxed set-up, which we’re sure will spark an open, lively and inspiring conversation.

By inviting thought leaders from across the industry to participate – as both panellists and attendees – we hope to generate actionable insight that can truly benefit our community.

We’ll also be looking to bring the new ‘Experiencescape’ to life in style, as we visit impressive venues and incorporate some novel activities along the way.

In this episode we start with Kala King’s Chocolate workshop, getting our speakers into a gloriously sticky situation after a quick visit to the sumptuous Aldwark Manor Estate.

There’ll be more interesting places and escapades featured as the series builds in the months to come, so be sure to come back for the next episode!

Register now

In the meantime, sign-up to ‘Episode 1: Driving deeper UK tourism connections’ and get to know a little bit more about the thought-provoking people leading the discussion.

You can also join and follow the online conversation; #TXGBFiresideChats.


Meet the panel.



James Bezins
James Berzins

Managing Director | TXGB

Our very own James Berzins is moderating the sessions. A digital transformation strategist and tourism industry expert (more self-taught than stalwart), his mission is to help unlock the true potential of the tourism sector, using connectivity to facilitate ideas and knowledge-share among online communities genuinely invested in driving trade, collaboration and innovation.


James Bezins
Ian Thomas

Destination Director | NewcastleGateshead Initiative (NGI

Ian has been championing the North East as a must-visit destination with NGI for some ten years.

As a lead figure in securing the region’s involvement in the pilot Destination Development Partnership scheme – alongside Visit Northumberland and Visit County Durham – his vision will be instrumental in establishing the shape of more collaborative things to come for our fabulous network of DMOs.


James Bezins
Susan Briggs

Director of The Tourism Network

Proud Yorkshire woman and longtime industry changemaker Susan is passionate about helping destinations retain and celebrate their local distinctiveness – leading to more sustainable tourism (in every sense) and more in-depth experiences for visitors.

A self-proclaimed straight talker, Susan brings a multitude of experience as a tour operator turned marketing consultant, trainer and respected industry influencer.


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