Bill Turnbull, the anchorman for Breakfast, broadcast on weekdays on BBC One and BBC News, is to moderate the UKInbound Annual Convention next month.
The Convention, which takes place at Alton Towers (February 9 – 11), has been billed as the most important conference for UKInbound operators, attractions and hotels in over a decade - as the nation prepares for a Royal Wedding and the Olympics in 2012.
Turnbull, a former BBC Washington correspondent, will chair the session “Growing Inbound Tourism,” the main debate of the Convention.
Speakers so far confirmed for the Convention include BAA’s Chief Executive Colin Matthews -speaking to the industry for the first time since the Heathrow and Edinburgh Airports winter snow debacle of December 2010 will discuss what BAA is doing to improve the airport and the policy opportunities that could help boost inbound tourism into the UK.
Also on the main stage at the Convention will be British Airways General Manager for Regulatory and Public Affairs, Jim Forster; General Manager of Regulatory and Political Affairs, Tim Rymer, Programme Manager, UK Border Agency and Glen Earlam, Managing Director, Midway Attractions.
The Convention will also feature business sessions involving Karen Webb of the Olympic Park Legacy Company talking on the legacy for the industry following the Olympics in 2012 whilst Nigel Beard, Accommodation Manager, London Organising Committee Olympic Games (LOCOG) will be discussing the accommodation issues facing the industry for next year – progress to date, the way forward and opportunities for hoteliers and other suppliers.
In addition the Convention will feature a range of practical business orientated workshops on branding, business development and personal development.
Commenting on the Convention, Mary Rance, Chief Executive UKInbound said: “With a Royal Wedding this year and the Olympics next year the UKInbound Convention is taking place at a pivotal moment in the industry’s history. With all the pressures facing the sector, be it APD, transport infrastructure, next year’s Olympics and the economic backdrop next month’s Convention is a must attend event for all the industry and is, without doubt, the most important Convention we have had in over a decade”.
She continued: “we want the Convention to be as interactive as possible - from audience involvement with speakers on the main stage and in the business sessions to the networking”.