LOCAL TV celebrity Johnny Kingdom will be the guest at a free tourism conference for members of North Devon+ at the John Fowler Conference Centre in Ilfracombe on Thursday, March 5. The contribution tourism makes to the economy of North Devon has never b

LOCAL TV celebrity Johnny Kingdom will be the guest at a free tourism conference for members of North Devon+ at the John Fowler Conference Centre in Ilfracombe on Thursday, March 5.The contribution tourism makes to the economy of North Devon has never been more critical, with the economic downturn meaning that many other sectors are struggling.General manager Martin Wickham said: "Like other sectors, tourism in being affected by the global credit crunch, so our message is that there has never been a more important time for us all to work together."We must not take anything for granted and need to ensure that North Devon and Torridge are at the forefront of people's minds when they are thinking about booking a holiday in the UK and work to maintain our status as the largest tourism destination in Devon."During the conference, the North Devon+ team will be giving details of the ways the organisation supports the tourism sector.Martin Wickham said: "We will also be looking at the changes and challenges we face as an organisation and asking those attending what factors they believe will most affect the region."Most importantly, North Devon+ will be sharing plans to ensure our beautiful area is promoted both nationally and internationally as the place to visit.John Fowler has donated his state-of-the-art conference centre for free for the conference, which starts at 6pm for 6.30pm