...................................................................................................... We take pride in tailoring worthwhile & successful tailored events for all our corporate clients ...but please don't just take our word for it ! Here are some comments & endorsements from two of the previous Chief Executives of the East Midlands Tourist Board ...plus some kind comments from the Netherlands Marketing Manager of the British Tourist Authority... ....
"Dear Iain, I write to thank you and all your colleagues for memorable & productive days organised for the staff of the East Midands Tourist Board. We all found the programmes imaginative and engaging. The event met the purpose admirably & succeeded in pulling the team together in a low key and informal way,as requested. It has formed an essential & integral part of the EMTB's staff development programme. Many thanks for your help,
Yours sincerely," Robert N. Collier, Chief Executive. Bob is now Managing Director of the Southern Tourist Board
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This is one of several unsolicited endorsements from members of a party from the British Tourist Authority : - " Dear Iain & Caroline, We did want to thank you upon my return to the office for the arrangements you made for us. It was a great thrill (literally) to taste what Peak Activities has to offer. It certainly did bring out the team spirit in a group like ours - as I found out when I was half way up that rock face ! Please pass on our thanks to all your instructors who put us through our paces with such patience and great encouragement ".
Fiona Turnbull, Marketing Manager, British Tourist Authority Office, Netherlands. National press endorsements of our products and service. BBC & ITV television coverage & radio recommendations. Thank you letters & e-mails from other delighted customers. Click to see more recommendations from our corporate clients.
DEVELOPING THE TEAM RESPONSIBLE FOR SUSTAINABLE GROWTH IN REGIONAL TOURISM... We were very pleased to welcome the Visit Heart of England Tourist Board's dynamic former Chief Executive, Beverley Neilson ( 5th from left) who brought her senior management team up to Hathersage for a few days with us in. This was Beverley's first event here but we were pleased to welcome again managers Fiona and Lisa and Alison who have been up here before with their previous Chief Exec. Bob Collier, who's endorsements are published elsewhere on this website ( see above ). Beverley's team was all here to consider ways of means of helping board members like ourselves boost our performance and help boost tourism into this region in the aftermath of the shadow of foot and mout . This strategic planning event also served to help newly recruited members of the team get to know the area and each other a little better. The HETB region earns millions of pounds per year from direct Tourism spending and the folks pictured above are key personnel involved in making sure the area's tourism potential is fully realised and helps create wealth and prosperity for the region's economy. The HETB's partners include local authorities as well as small individual members such as Peak Activities Ltd. Their first evening of their investment with us saw the group on an ice- breaker ( literally) to navigate successfully and most cheerfully a tricky upland moorland orienteering course in thick freezing fog before being meeting up for a meal with the Board's chairman - Sir William Lawrence. The team also took some opportunities to assess how the Tourist Board can apply continuous improvement concepts to their own management team to boost and develop the clarity of focus of their plans for the future. The HETB team has wide-ranging responsibilities to their various stakeholders, and like many teams we meet these day, they're conscious of the need to review their performance and build on their successes. Outdoor training and indoor evaluation and planning meetings can be usefully combined to help teams who need to spend a little time together to evaluate strengths and areas for improvement and agree and orchestrate business action plans. This may especially true when people work in different offices or when there is need for clarifying or reappreciating the key business objectives and priorities in response to ever changing business conditions and busy workloads. On their third day here the group enjoyed some fine views of the Hope Valley in glorious( albeit sub zero) December brilliant sunshine after emerging from a trip down a section of England's deepest cave Giant's Hole. Having wrapped up warm and after keeping busy indoor sand outdoors it was agreed that even in the depths of winter it's quite possible to have a productive and enjoyable ( and indeed sunny ) "team get away" from work to see things from a fresh perspective and exchange ideas in a supportive and creative environment. Peak Activities director Caroline Jennings (second left) said "We're very pleased to welcome groups like Beverley's at any time of the year, but it's particularly pleasing to see our own Tourist Board's staff getting out of their office environments and enjoying the benefits of this sort of retreat in the winter when hotels and centre's like ours are pleased to extend the normal levels of occupancy. There's such a lot of training activities that can be enjoyed in a worthwhile way in winter, but we often forget to stress we're open all year round for such team training investments." Dr. Andy McLean (far left) who was one of the event facilitators commented "People can often feel very bogged down at work and find it's a help to come up here and think about how to avoid the pitfalls of falling into swamps ! " "When we're up to our bottoms in crocodiles at work we sometimes have to remember our mission is to drain the swamp and keep our wellies dry" added one participant wryly ! The Heart of England Tourist Board management team stayed at the George Hotel and also spent some time visiting the conference and training facilities at Brookfield Manor. We wish Howard, Nigel, Sue, David, Angela, Lisa, Fiona, Liz, Chris, Penny, Malcolm, Alison and Ailsa and all the rest of Beverley's the HoETB team every success in helping boost the success of the contribution of tourism in this wonderful region. For more information about the Tourist Board, including how to join and how you can support their worthy mission, please see their website at http://www.hetb.co.uk Phone Peak Activities Ltd on 07771-855105 if you are interested in organising a team event for your own organisation. The weather may be frosty in Winter but you'll be warmly welcomed and you may be pleasantly surprised how a very modest investment of a few days away in recreative surroundings can do wonders for your own team's focus and drive ! Editor's footnote : Beverley Nielson has now moved on to become MD of another organisation and her deputy Mr David Moyser (also pictured above) is the new Chief Executive of the Visit Heart of England Tourist Board. Mr Bob Collier referred to above is now the MD of the Southern Tourist Board. Click here to go back up to the top of this NEWS page.
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