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Prime Minister enjoys a taste of Surrey

David Cameron among MPs to discover more about the University of Surrey’s tourism work during Taste of Surrey event.

The University of Surrey’s role in local tourism has been demonstrated in an event at the Houses of Parliament organised by Visit Surrey, the official destination management organisation for the county.

The Taste of Surrey event, which took place on Wednesday 26 November, was attended by over 150 MPs, Peers and parliamentary staff, including Prime Minister David Cameron.

Showcasing Surrey’s entrepreneurial spirit and volunteering efforts, as well as offering support to rural businesses and visitor attractions, the event was attended by Dr Caroline Scarles – Head of Tourism and Events in the University’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management – in her role as a member of the Visit Surrey Board of Directors.

Dr Scarles’ recent work in producing an augmented reality app that changes the way visitors interact with museums and gallery spaces has involved working closely with a range of local businesses, such as The Lightbox in Woking, Brooklands Museum in West Byfleet and Watts Gallery in Compton.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to showcase the best of what Surrey has to offer, and the work we are doing here at the University is very much part of that”, explained Dr Scarles. “Visit Surrey have been a key partner in our Augmented Reality research and it excellent to share the potential it brings to the visitor experience here at Westminster”.

Discover more about tourism at the University of Surrey by visiting our Hospitality & Tourism subject page.

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