Holiday Inn Southend

2018 Visit Essex Annual Conference - Digital and Social Media Marketing

The 2018 Visit Essex Annual Conference took place on Tuesday 24 April at Holiday Inn Southend-on-Sea with a focus on digital and social media marketing.

The event began with a national update from Xavier Faux from Visit England and this was followed by Lisa Bone from Visit Essex explaining the opportunities for the coming year. Chris Scargill from Larking Gowen then disclosed his results from the annual Tourism & Leisure Business Survey and Karen Longdin from Hoeseasons gave some hints and tips on championing digital marketing. The afternoon was kicked off with presentations on examples of best practice by English Heritage, Southend Borough Council and Vibrant Partnerships.


Visit England Slide image
Xavier Faux, Visit England
Visit Essex
Lisa Bone, Visit Essex
Larking Gowen Presentation image
Chris Scargill, Larking Gowen
Karen Longdin, Hoeseasons
Scott Sammons Presentation Image
Scott Sammons, Lighthouse IG
A Taste of Anglia
Robert Gunn, A Taste of Anglia
RHS Garden Hyde Hall
Sue Carter, RHS Garden Hyde Hall
West Street Vineyard
Jane Mohan, West Street Vineyard

Explore our county

Picture of the iconic Firstsite building at night.
Discover Essex’s creative spaces. They come in all shapes and sizes and are crammed with artistic treasures, from international names to emerging local artists.
Picture of a sunset over the The Naze waters with some rocks protruding from the water.

Explore our 350 miles of coastline, the longest shoreline of any county in England, a place of surprising wild beauty, rich in wildlife and sprinkled with history and hidden cultural gems.

Essex’s history has been shaped by a wide variety of cultures. Romans, Saxons, Vikings, Normans – all left their mark. Echoes of their influence can still be seen today.
Picture of a cow at the edge of the River Stour and drinking water.
A scenic patchwork of rich farmland speckled with pastelwashed villages of thatch and timber, the views interrupted by mighty oaks and ashes presided over by the hurrying skies.