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Travel planning seminar 2012

Seminar is a winner with delegates and speakers

SPT’s Travel Plan Seminar 2012 has been hailed a huge success.

Approximately 100 delegates, speakers and guests attended the event at the Teacher Building, St Enoch Square, in Glasgow on Thursday 16 February.

The seminar is growing in popularity year on year with representatives of both the public and private sector from around the country in attendance.

SPT Chairman Jonathan Findlay, who welcomed guests to the seminar, said: “I am delighted that the Travel Plan Seminar 2012 has built on the success of previous years.

“We have had an exceptional turnout and those who joined us at our seminar have enjoyed the wealth of knowledge provided by all the speakers and workshops.

“In today’s economic climate the SPT Travel Plan Seminar is a great way to raise awareness of the benefits of travel planning, helping both organisations and their staff to save money and cut their carbon emissions.”

The first speaker was Gillian Dick, from business directory firm Find Me Glasgow, who discussed how social media can have a major impact on promoting sustainable travel.

Dr Lisa Davison, from Ulster University, spoke about lessons learned from the Travel Plan Plus project, a European funded initiative that helps develop city travel planning networks.

Heathrow Airport’s Sustainable Travel Manager Theo Panayi also gave a presentation on how it promotes sustainable travel to its staff and passengers and Eileen McPake, of South Lanarkshire Council, told the audience about its new pool car policy.

The final speaker was Dr Marcus Enoch, of Loughborough University, who took to the stage to explore the future of travel plans before a Q+A with all the speakers rounded off the day.

To download presentations from the day, visit the Travel Planning Seminar 2012 page.

What they said

Dr Graham Baker from Strathclyde University said: “I am currently working on a project which is looking at active travel in the work place.

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“Coming to the Travel Plan Seminar has allowed me to gain an insight to organisations that already have travel plans in place.

“It was good to learn from their experiences and how they overcame any barriers in implementing their schemes.

“The seminar has been excellent and I am already looking forward to next year.”

alison clark

MEPC Marketing and Customer Manager, Alison Clark has been coming to the SPT Travel Plan Seminar for several years.

She said: “This is always a very well organised event and I come for the travel planning aspect as it is good to hear what is going on.

“I am very interested in the talk on how social media allows you to communicate with customers and future customers.

“I always learn a lot from the Travel Plan Seminar and Clare Strain, who organises the event, has been really helpful over the years.”

Mark Craske of NHS Forth Valley has found the seminar very informative over the years.

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He said: “The main attraction was being able to meet like minded people away from the work environment so we can learn from the colleagues and the guest speakers who have a different slant on things.

“This is the third time I have come to the seminar and I think it is fantastic and in a great venue which is easy for everyone to get to.

“It is a very well run event and long may that continue.”