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.
As the 2012 London Olympics came to a glorious climax yesterday, UKinbound’s chief executive Mary Rance called on the government not to squander all that has been achieved. “Now is not the time to pat each other on the back and say job well done,” said Rance.
UKinbound will host Scottish members and industry colleagues in Edinburgh next week, 25 July, as the association looks to increase its regional representation and ensure that all destinations across the UK and not just London, benefit from the billions contributed to the economy every year by incoming holiday visitors.
UKinbound chief executive, Mary Rance, has voiced the organisation’s frustration at the government’s continued neglect of inbound tourism at ABTA’s annual Travel Matters conference. The event was attended by leaders in the travel and tourism industry.
UKinbound members have expressed their optimism for 2012 in the first insight survey carried out by only trade association to represent and unite the UK’s inbound tourism businesses. In her welcome speech to delegates attending UKinbound’s annual Convention currently taking place in Belfast, Rita Beckwith, chairman of UKinbound, outlined the sanguine findings but warned that government was still not doing enough to facilitate inbound tourism’s vital contribution to the UK’s struggling economy.
UKinbound has announced John Penrose, UK minister for tourism and heritage, as the headline speaker at the annual UKinbound convention, illustrating the government’s emphasis on the tourism industry ahead of the Olympics. Taking place in Belfast February 1st-2nd, Penrose will share the government’s progress on its tourism strategy with major sector leaders from the inbound tourism field.
Technology giant Google is fielding its UK & Ireland Head of Online Travel, Scott Field, as the headline speaker at this year’s UKinbound Convention to be held in Belfast 1st and 2nd February.
The European Tour Operators Association and UKinbound have joined forces with VisitBritain to deliver a unique business-to-business event in 2012. The VisitBritain Hosted Buyers Marketplace is an exclusive opportunity for British tourism suppliers and destinations to meet and do business with 150 specially selected international buyers from some 20 countries being brought over and hosted by VisitBritain for the occasion.