The National Coastal Tourism Academy (NCTA) is the only organisation in the UK that focuses exclusively on coastal tourism.
The National Coastal Tourism Academy is the leading organisation on Coastal Tourism in England – we understand coastal issues, opportunities for growth and how to overcome the challenges that are exaggerated on the coast.
What we Do:
The NCTA team has a wealth of skills and experience gained in a variety of sectors in the travel and tourism industry, including hotels, cruising, tourist offices and attractions, alongside academic qualifications and experience of leading tourism strategy and development. The team is well-placed to create ground-breaking initiatives to change the face of Britain’s coastal tourism industry.
Samantha is the NCTA Director. She has directed the research, visitor experience, training and communications programmes of the Academy since its launch in summer 2013, including Coastal Communities Fund, UKCES and Discover England Fund projects.
Sam’s work focuses on national engagement and partnerships that will help boost tourism and the economies of coastal communities, with a particular emphasis on addressing seasonality. Sam works closely with a wide range of stakeholders including central government, VisitBritain, coastal businesses, destinations, national organisations and LEPs. She frequently presents to Government inquiries, MPs and the media to raise awareness of key issues impacting coastal tourism in England.
Samantha also oversees the ongoing development of the “England’s Coast” project, originally funded by the Discover England Fund, it brings together all the component parts of the visitor economy to attract international visitors to our stunning coastline year round. Since Covid-19 it has adapted to attract new domestic audiences to our coast to boost recovery.
Bringing together a wide range of stakeholders, Sam led on the creation of the Vision for the Coastal Visitor Economy and has been raising awareness of coastal issues in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sam has a postgraduate degree in Tourism Management and over 20 year’s experience in the industry including previous roles at Carnival UK, Salisbury Cathedral, the British Tourist Authority (in Chicago) and Thomas Cook.Email
Jo provides support to the Academy’s research and consultancy programme. An expert in understanding different research models and analysing results, she has previously managed a number of the Academy’s primary research projects including new consumer research, business surveys and evaluation of the academy’s work, new events and businesses. She has an in-depth knowledge of research techniques, evaluation, analysing data and developing strategic plans.
Jo draws on a wealth of experience from tourist attractions and working with destination management organisations.
Sheron is responsible for the communications of the NCTA, internally, locally, regionally and nationally. Sheron also manages the marketing and communications for England’s Coast (www.englandscoast.com) which promotes the coast of England to International Visitors and new Domestic audiences. She disseminates the Academy’s coastal tourism research projects, visitor experience initiatives, industry insights and employment issues in the hospitality industry via the website’s Resource Hub and through the national trade and consumer media.
Before joining the NCTA, Sheron was a travel journalist for almost 25 years, and latterly worked in media relations for Bournemouth Tourism, Poole Tourism and the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.
Armed with a first class degree in photography, Alex handles all of the Academy’s marketing material’s design and production. Alex leads on all the digital content for the England’s Coast project, across all our European social media channels. He creates video content, imagery and graphic design for the website(s), our training courses, research papers and reports on our website. He designs our newsletters, media releases and helps deliver the NCTA’s digital communications strategy.Email
Sara is currently Area Manager (South) for National Trust Holidays. Previously, Sara and her husband have owned and run two hotels in Bournemouth for over 15 years, successfully developing a business offering special interest holidays for groups. She knows first-hand the excitement and achievement of running a tourism business alongside its challenges and frustrations. Sara has spent her career in marketing and business development and has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing for more than 25 years. She worked in the IT and consultancy sector for major international businesses and public sector organisations for 16 years before moving to Bournemouth.
Sara is also Deputy Chair of the Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and a member of the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Destination Management Board.
Keith was Executive Dean of the Faculty of Management at Bournemouth University and is now Professor Emeritus. The Faculty of Management which includes the school of tourism, one of the largest and acclaimed tourism and hospitality faculties in the world, has more than 2,500 undergraduate, 300 postgraduate and 50 PhD students. Keith has held key positions at Bournemouth University for 20 years and is a Fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Tourism Society. He has engaged in research work for a wide range of organisations including the English Tourism Board, Merseyside County Council, Sealink/Wightlink Ferries, Southern Arts and the Isle of Wight Tourist Office. He has played a significant role in the development of tourism education in the UK.
Mike was principal of Westbourne Academy School of Language and has served in the education profession for the past 40 years. During this time he has marketed Bournemouth in Europe, the Far East, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He was a founder chair of the Bournemouth Tourism Management Board, set up in 2006 which includes all sectors of the visitor economy and is responsible for the town’s destination management, he still serves on the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Destination Management Board.
Chris is Director for Destination and Culture at Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council with a portfolio spanning tourism, marketing, events, destination development, seafront operations, culture, museums and leisure. He has extensive experience working in local authorities and previously held positions including Head of Seafront Operations.