UKinbound 2013 Convention: Speakers confirmed

UKinbound 2013 Convention: Speakers confirmed

UKinbound, the only trade association representing the interests of the UK’s inbound tourism sector, has announced details of its Annual Convention, to be held 6-8 February 2013 in Windsor. Based around the theme, ‘After the Gold Rush’, the convention will bring together industry leaders to debate the fortunes of the inbound tourism in 2013 and beyond, particularly following the recent tourist-attracting events of the Royal Wedding, The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and 2012 Olympic Games.

Over 200 delegates will gather in Windsor to participate in workshops and plenary sessions and hear speakers debate the issues of the day. Speakers confirmed include Tim Montgomerie, best known as creator and editor of the ConservativeHome website and described as “one of the most important Conservative activists of the past 20 years”, who will offer a political, yet entertaining, stance on the issues affecting the inbound tourism industry.

An Audience with Raymond Blanc is an exciting addition to the programme and affords delegates the opportunity to chat with the renowned Chef Raymond Blanc, who also heads up the 18 Brasserie Blancs around the country, and gain insight into the workings of the F&B industry in the UK.

Bill Turnbull, best known for co-presenting BBC One’s Breakfast programme, will moderate the conference.

UKinbound Chief Executive, Mary Rance, said: “Recent pivotal events, such as the Royal Wedding and 2012 Olympic Games have shone the spotlight on the UK and increased awareness of the country’s sights and attractions for visitors and tourists alike.”

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“Now we are looking beyond this, ‘After the Gold Rush’, as it is more important than ever to harness their legacy and look for opportunities that will grow and develop inbound tourism, an important contributor to the UK economy.”

“The Convention therefore promises to be a pivotal forum in which to discuss the future of the inbound tourism industry, looking at opportunities and potential obstacles that could impact upon visitor numbers in 2013 and beyond.”