Latest news 2018-11-04T10:52:20+00:00

No. 3 College Green – the best office outlook in Gloucestershire!

No 3 College Green, Gloucester Cathedral Precincts, home of the Destination Marketing Group

The Destination Marketing Group’s offices are located within a Georgian town house (built c.1740) which directly overlooks Gloucester Cathedral (built c.1100 by William the Conqueror!). No. 3 College Green is the three-storey building to the left of the white-painted building which is Bishop Rachel’s office.

Until this year, the frontage of the Cathedral was an unattractive car park but it is now a world-class ‘shared and sacred space’ and part of the Cathedral’s Heritage Lottery-Funded ‘Project Pilgrim’ see www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk/project-pilgrim

I feel very privileged, and extremely lucky, to have been welcomed so warmly and made to feel part of the College Green community since early 2000.

Published 4 November 2018

Termas Papallacta Spa featured in Travel Bulletin

We obtained some valuable coverage for one of our our Ecuadorian clients, Termas Papallacta, in the August edition of Travel Bulletin magazine.

This amazing spa and hotel resort is situated just one hour from Quito, high in the Andes, and it’s therapeutic waters and thermal caves are heated by still-active volcanoes!

Published 2 September 2018

Termas Papallacta Spa featured in Travel Bulletin

The Management Research Group (MRG) Gloucestershire

The MRG Gloucestershire website

Philip recently took over the administration of MRG Gloucestershire – a local networking organisation which meets to explore topics of interest to the county’s business community whilst enjoying a gourmet meal at the Greenway Hotel, Cheltenham.

MRG’s mission is ‘to help make Gloucestershire a world-class business destination’ and the first of this season’s six presentations entitled ‘The Future of Gloucestershire’s Farmland and Farms’ was given by Henry Robinson, former National Chairman of the Country Land and Business Association on the 1st October.

The next MRG event takes place at the Greenway Hotel on the 5th November when James Freeman, MD First Bristol & West of England, will explore ‘Getting to and around Gloucestershire’ and the future of public transport and travel in Gloucestershire.

Published 7 October 2018

The Tourism Consultants’ Network

Philip has recently been invited to join the Executive Committee of the Tourism Society’s Tourism Consultants Network, the UK’s leading organisation for global travel industry consultants.

Published 17 August 2018

The Tourism Consultants' Network logo

Hainan, China

UK tour operators who specialise in selling group travel to China

Philip Cooke, was invited, in early July, to give a training session to the members of a high-level delegation of government officials from Hainan Region in central China.

This group of travel industry VIPs were in the UK on a mission organised by the Department for International Trade to learn about how best to attract more visitors from the UK.

Philip emphasised the need to work with those UK tour operators who specialise in selling group travel to China. These travel companies include China Travel Services, Infinity Holidays, Insider Journeys, Jules Verne Travel, Saga, Thomas Cook and Wendy Wu.

Published 27 July 2018

The Chartered Institute of Journalists

Managing Director, Philip Cooke, has recently been accepted as a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists, one of only two professional associations that have been awarded a Royal Charter, the other being the Royal College of Nursing.

Membership of the CIoJ is primarily concerned with maintaining professional standards and ethics in journalism, and the CIoJ Press Card is recognised by all sections of the media and the travel industry.

Published 5 July 2018

The Chartered Institute of Journalists Logo

Ecuador client nominated in World Travel Awards

Termas de Papallacta has been nominated in World Travel Awards 2018

We recently announced that one of our Latin American clients, the Termas de Papallacta Spa, Hotel and Resort, located high in the Andes and with warm and healing waters supplied by still active volcanoes, has been nominated for two categories in this year’s prestigious World Travel Awards 2018.

Located 3,000 metres above sea level (for comparison, the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, is just 1,340 metres), volcanic springs provide therapeutic and curative waters that also feed the hotel’s underfloor heating system and provide an ideal micro-climate and irrigation system that helps the centre’s eco-friendly restaurant provide guests with amazing organic vegetables and traditional Ecuadorian cuisine.

Published 31 May 2018

England’s World Heritage Sites

A VisitBritain Discover England Fund Project

Working as part of a high-level group of TEAM Tourism consultants, our Managing Director, Philip Cooke, recently helped deliver a World Heritage Site Product Audit which explored how England’s WHSs, such as Stonehenge, Westminster Abbey and, more recently, Liverpool and the Lake District, could develop more ‘bookable product’ and how they could be more effectively promoted to visitors from England’s most important overseas markets.

Published 30 April 2018

Stonehenge

Training Chinese travel industry VIPs

Philip Cooke, MD of The DMG, training Chinese travel industry VIPs

On Saturday 5th April, at London’s Mayfair Hilton Hotel, Philip Cooke gave a training session to twenty members of the Hainan Tourism Development Commission who were in the UK to learn more about how the UK / China travel sector worked.

This presentation focussed on the need for emerging Chinese resorts and destinations, such as Hainan and Sanya, to develop close working relations with UK tour operators who specialise in promoting and selling small group escorted tours to China. These companies include Audley Travel, CTS London, Saga, Wendy Wu and Voyages Jules Verne among others.

It was a very positive event and China is fast becoming a potential growth area for the Destination Marketing Group as we are now helping Hainan, Hangzhou, Sanya and Nanjing develop the UK market.

Published 10 April 2018

Termas de Papallacta

Ecuador’s most elevated conference venue

Following our support for the amazing Andean Spa and Conference Centre at last year’s World Travel Market, we released a travel trade press release aimed at the UK’s conference and meetings sector, promoting its unique meeting facilities and emphasising the healing nature of its thermal pools and water caves, heated by nearby, but very safe, volcanic activity!

Published 2 January 2018

Spa pools at Termas de Papallacta

Nanjing Goodwill Ambassador appointment

Nanjing, a city of great heritage and commercial importance on China’s Eastern seaboard

Following the provision of recent travel trade PR and marketing support for the Chinese cities of Sanya and Hangzhou, Philip Cooke has been appointed as a Goodwill Ambassador for Nanjing, a city of great heritage and commercial importance on China’s Eastern seaboard.

This appointment includes a strong connection with the Nanjing Tourism Commission, opportunities to attend Nanjing events, conference and exhibitions and to be a seminar speaker or travel industry mentor.

Published 21 December 2017

Music Contact International

2017 tour of Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire

November 2017 saw Philip leading a 120-strong High School Choir from Atlanta, Georgia, on a tour of the UK that included concerts in St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh; St Patricks Cathedral, Armagh and St Patrick’s  Cathedral, Dublin as well as visits to attractions such as Titanic Belfast, Edinburgh Castle and a very memorable paranormal tour of Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast!

Published 5 December 2017

Edinburgh and castle

The Sanya Tourism VIP Reception, London

VIP Travel Industry Reception at London’s Connaught Rooms on behalf of the Sanya Tourism Commission

For the third year running we organised a VIP travel industry reception at London’s Connaught Rooms on behalf of the Sanya Tourism Commission.

Sanya dominates the southern coastline of Hainan Island and is one of the world’s fastest growing tourist destinations, containing scores of 5-star hotels, a huge marina, championship golf courses and the world’s largest duty-free department store.

Published 14 November 2017