My friend and colleague John Heeley, who has died aged 65 of bowel cancer, was a leader in the development of tourism in some of the UK’s major cities, especially in Sheffield. He started his career as an academic in tourism but switched to working in the field.

It was thanks to John that Sheffield introduced visitor trails, factory tourism visits, heritage plaques, and walking tours to capitalise on the city’s rich industrial heritage. He also prompted successful bids to host conferences and international events, including the 1993 European swimming championships and 1995 Special Olympics.

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Source: Gaurdian

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