Ian Parkin is an independent Interpretive, Heritage and Tourism Consultant with over 20 years experience in the industry. Based in Devon he operates nationwide specialising in interpretation and museums, tourism, heritage, leisure, sport, recreation and countryside but with particular skills in the planning, design, development and management of all types of visitor attractions, museums, visitor centres and interpretive facilities.
Working alone or with specialists in tourism, business planning and countryside, interpretive researchers, museum designers, architects, quantity surveyors and other design professionals Ian can provide a comprehensive service including:
Feasibility Studies and the preparation of Visions and Development Plans
Interpretive plans and strategies
Audience Development Plans
Design and development of new visitor facilities including visitor centres, interpretive exhibitions, museums, on-site interpretation and community facilities
Business plans and operational management recommendations including identifying potential sources of funding, fund-raising strategies and the preparation of grant applications.
Strategies for the presentation of towns and cities to visitors
Sustainable Tourism (or Visitor Economy) Strategies
Visitor Management Strategies and plans
Urban and economic regeneration strategies
Rural and community regeneration strategies (including capacity building within communities)
Landscape planning and appraisal.
A key characteristic of his work is extensive consultation, particularly with local communities, to really understand the issues relating to an assignment, to generate involvement and a sense of ownership.