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Sir Nick Varney to headline VAC as conference celebrates 20th anniversary
POSTED 16 Aug 2023 . BY Tom Walker
Sir Nick Varney was instrumental in Merlin Attractions becoming a global operator Credit: Merlin
Sir Nick Varney has been revealed as the headline speaker at this year's VAC
Sir Nick was instrumental in Merlin Attractions becoming a global operator
Varney will be interviewed by Liz Terry MBE, Editor of Attractions Management magazine
VAC takes place on 5 October at the QE II Centre in London
Sir Nick Varney has been revealed as the headline speaker at this year's VAC.

Taking place on 5 October at the QEII Centre in London, VAC – the UK’s leading conference for visitor attractions – celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2023.

Varney – who was instrumental in Merlin Attractions becoming second only to Disney in scale globally – will take the stage during the morning session, where he will be interviewed by Liz Terry MBE, editor of Attractions Management magazine.

In a session titled "The Big Interview" Varney, the former Merlin CEO, will reveal how he led the company to become the UK’s most influential and successful attractions operator.

When he retired in November 2022, Merlin operated more than 140 theme parks and attractions, 23 hotels and five holiday villages employing 27,000 people in 24 countries across four continents. He was knighted in the King’s 2023 birthday honours.

Varney will be one of a host of high-profile speakers and industry professional at the 20th anniversary event. Others include:

• Dr Mark Baker, chair, Gyrych Castle Trust (of “I’m a Celebrity” fame)
• Rob Chatwin, group CEO, The Eden Project
• Bernard Donoghue OBE, CEO, ALVA, the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions
• Paul Kelly, Chief Executive, BALPPA, the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions
• Lycia Lobo, commercial director, English Heritage
• Victoria Lynn, MD, Drayton Manor
• Kelly Molson, founder and head of commercial, Rubber Cheese
• Richard Nicholls, head of research and insights, VisitBritain
• Fiona Pollard, chair, VisitEngland Advisory Board
• Laura Pye, director, National Museums Liverpool
• Ken Robinson CBE, founder of VAC
• Richard Toomer, executive director, The Tourism Alliance
• Jon Young, director, BVA BDRC

• For more information on VAC and to book your place at the event using the earlybird discount, visit: https://vacevents.com/.
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Sir Nick Varney to headline VAC as conference celebrates 20th anniversary
POSTED 16 Aug 2023 . BY Tom Walker
Sir Nick Varney was instrumental in Merlin Attractions becoming a global operator Credit: Merlin
Sir Nick Varney has been revealed as the headline speaker at this year's VAC
Sir Nick was instrumental in Merlin Attractions becoming a global operator
Varney will be interviewed by Liz Terry MBE, Editor of Attractions Management magazine
VAC takes place on 5 October at the QE II Centre in London
Sir Nick Varney has been revealed as the headline speaker at this year's VAC.

Taking place on 5 October at the QEII Centre in London, VAC – the UK’s leading conference for visitor attractions – celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2023.

Varney – who was instrumental in Merlin Attractions becoming second only to Disney in scale globally – will take the stage during the morning session, where he will be interviewed by Liz Terry MBE, editor of Attractions Management magazine.

In a session titled "The Big Interview" Varney, the former Merlin CEO, will reveal how he led the company to become the UK’s most influential and successful attractions operator.

When he retired in November 2022, Merlin operated more than 140 theme parks and attractions, 23 hotels and five holiday villages employing 27,000 people in 24 countries across four continents. He was knighted in the King’s 2023 birthday honours.

Varney will be one of a host of high-profile speakers and industry professional at the 20th anniversary event. Others include:

• Dr Mark Baker, chair, Gyrych Castle Trust (of “I’m a Celebrity” fame)
• Rob Chatwin, group CEO, The Eden Project
• Bernard Donoghue OBE, CEO, ALVA, the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions
• Paul Kelly, Chief Executive, BALPPA, the British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions
• Lycia Lobo, commercial director, English Heritage
• Victoria Lynn, MD, Drayton Manor
• Kelly Molson, founder and head of commercial, Rubber Cheese
• Richard Nicholls, head of research and insights, VisitBritain
• Fiona Pollard, chair, VisitEngland Advisory Board
• Laura Pye, director, National Museums Liverpool
• Ken Robinson CBE, founder of VAC
• Richard Toomer, executive director, The Tourism Alliance
• Jon Young, director, BVA BDRC

• For more information on VAC and to book your place at the event using the earlybird discount, visit: https://vacevents.com/.
RELATED STORIES
Scott O’Neil takes the reins from Nick Varney at Merlin Entertainment


Merlin Entertainments, the UK-based global attractions operator which is second only to Disney in size, has chosen its new CEO, following the retirement of its founder, Nick Varney.
FEATURE: Interview: Nick Varney


With major new openings happening and ambitious growth plans, Merlin Entertainments is thinking big
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The Park Playground opens first immersive VR franchise in Porto
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Bridgerton Season three – most Instagrammed locations
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Getty Museum refuses to surrender prized Greek bronze to Italy
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Our services include: Dark ride design & build; Redevelopment of existing attractions; High-quality [more...]
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A former national ski team racer, ProSlide® CEO Rick Hunter’s goal has been to integrate the smoot [more...]
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