Conference and hospitality staff in Torquay are looking to welcome the delegates of the 2008 UKinbound Convention, which kicks off next week on Wednesday 6 February. Members of the trade association will be gathering this year at the Barceló Torquay Imperial Hotel at a three day event providing business and learning sessions, and opportunities for delegates to network and socialise.
The main business sessions, moderated by Keith Betton, will begin on Thursday morning with an address from keynote speaker, former Tourism Minister Lord Lee of Trafford. The Annual UKinbound Awards will then be announced followed by break-out sessions that focus on user-generated content, the regeneration of coastal resorts, and sustainable tourism, among other topics. In the evening a black-tie dinner will take place at the famous Grand Hotel in aid of local children’s charity the Torbay Development Group.
The next morning will provide a business-to-business workshop before familiarisation trips of the area’s incredible historic surroundings, including some of the favourite local haunts of famous former resident Agatha Christie and splendid historic sites such as the Oldway Mansion and the village of Cockington.
Kelsey Betts events manager at the Barceló Torquay Imperial Hotel said:
“We’ve all been really working hard in preparation for the UKinbound Convention and can’t wait to welcome the delegates next week. The Barceló Torquay Imperial Hotel welcomes hundreds of corporate guests every year, and our meeting facilities, restaurant and spa are all equally as popular with business visitors.”
Stephen Dowd chief executive of UKinbound said:
“We have a terrific programme for this year’s Convention and Torquay is the perfect location. This traditional British seaside resort has reinvented itself as a modern leisure and business tourism destination, and tourism now accounts for over 33% of all economic activity in the area. As our delegates focus on the opportunities provided by the regeneration of the UK’s coastal resorts and explore how we can make tourism more environmentally friendly they will be able to see around them how Torbay is leading the way.”