Councillor Mary Clarkson on Creative Conversations podcast, hosted by Yang-May Ooi

How has the pandemic and restrictions on travel affected place-based tourism? What is a destination city like Oxford doing to face the post-pandemic challenge of bringing people back to the city centre – both tourists and local residents alike? 

Our guest on Creative Conversations today is Oxford City Councillor Mary Clarkson who is the Council Labour Cabinet Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism. She talks passionately to host Yang-May Ooi about bringing together town and gown in Oxford for the good of the local economy as well as the university that the city is famous for. She also tells us frankly about the challenges for tourism in Oxford due to the pandemic and discusses how the City Council is working with local businesses and residents to encourage visitors back into the city centre. 

The Future of Tourism in Oxford – Mary Clarkson CCV0406 ¦ Creative Conversations [podcast] and Oxford Moments

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Creative Conversations with Yang-May Ooi – Season 04 Episode 06 ¦ The Future of Tourism in Oxford – Mary Clarkson CCV0406 

Links to some of the things we talked about

Mary Clarkson, Oxford City Council page –

Mary on Twitter – 

Cowley Road Carnival – 

Iffley Lock – 

Magdalen College, Oxford – 

Map of Oxford – 

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Councillor Mary Clarkson on Creative Conversations podcast, hosted by Yang-May Ooi

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Creative Conversations is a podcast about creativity in the arts, life and business. It is part of the Tiger Spirit family of creative content, conceived and presented by writer and podcaster Yang-May Ooi.

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Author: Yang-May Ooi

Yang-May Ooi is a writer & podcaster. Her creative work includes The Flame Tree and Mindgame (novels), Bound Feet Blues (theatre & family memoir), The Anxiety Advantage and Creative Conversations (podcasts). ¦

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