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Leopold Marketing to grow volume and value of incentive travel in england as part of £40m Discover England fund

Following a rigorous application process, Leopold Marketing has been named by VisitEngland as one of a number of successful first round applicants to receive year one funding from the £40m Discover England Fund.
Incentive England, which will be brought to market by the specialist destination marketing agency, will see the delivery of an intensive programme of product development, client engagement and business coaching designed to grow market share in the English regions from the high-value incentive travel sector.

Incentive England will be operated to a proven model tested in the North of England earlier this year; the programme will see a number of phases of activity delivered concurrently to ensure the provision of ‘bookable’ incentive tourism products across the length and breadth of the English regions.

Targeting the incentive travel market from China, North America and the Middle East, Leopold Marketing will develop all-encompassing incentive itineraries, coach English tourism business on how to service this valuable sector and engage with not only UK based destination management companies (DMCs) but also target incentive houses overseas to raise awareness and encourage bookings. All products, video itineraries and business training resources will also feature on a cloud-based database to ensure maximum reach and engagement.

Leo Platt, managing director, Leopold Marketing said: “The English regions offer a rich melting pot of unbeatable experiences, attractions and high quality accommodation that is ideal for the high value incentive travel sector. Fused with our unique culture, heritage, beautiful countryside and vibrant city-scenes and it is clear to see that England has a lot to offer incentive planners.

“We are thrilled to be announced as a successful first-round applicant to the Discover England Fund. Through working with established stakeholders, the wider industry and the Fund we will deliver a programme of innovative activity to firmly put the English regions on the incentive tourism map and drive high-quality business to tourism organisations right across the country."

Sally Balcombe, chief executive VisitEngland said: “Incentive travel is a fast-growing and competitive sector of the business tourism industry and this investment will increase England’s market share by building world-class tourism products that convert aspiration to visit into bookings as we drive inbound growth in tourism and spread its economic benefits across the regions of England."

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