The speaker line-up has been confirmed for next week’s British Tourism & Travel Show taking place in Birmingham.

Mari Stevens, marketing director at Visit Wales, Gordon Innes, chief executive of London & Partners, Vanessa Markey, head of Great Britain at Tourism Ireland and Steve Brown, chairman of the National Trust’s Midlands region advisory board are panellists in a debate into the future of the domestic tourism sector.

Association of Association of Leading Visitor Attractions director and Tourism Society chairman Bernard Donoghue will chair the ‘Question Time’ panel discussion on the morning of March 16.

The referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union is to be among topics up for debate.

A seminar on heritage attractions aimed at group travel organisers will open the show’s second day of seminars at the NEC in Birmingham.

Previously confirmed Keynote speakers include former MP and cabinet minister Michael Portillo, Countryfile presenter Adam Henson, and British Army veteran Simon Weston CBE. 

Nick Greenfield, head of tour operator relations at the European Tour Operators Association, Anthony Rawlins, founder of Bristol-based digital agency Digital Visitor, Alf Scrimgour, operations and tourism executive at the Confederation of Passenger Transport, and walking expert Andrew White complete the seminar programme.