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.
UKinbound has announced today that its annual Convention to be held in York from 3 – 5 February 2010 is set to attract record attendance from key players in the UK inbound tourism industry.
UKinbound has this morning written to three Government Ministers to express the anger and disappointment of inbound tourism businesses at Government’s lack of response to concerns over changes to Air Passenger Duty.
Leaders from the private sector have joined forces to lobby the UK government to take British tourism “more seriously”, following last week’s call by industry bodies VisitBritain and UKinbound.The coalition includes Merlin Entertainments, owner of Alton Towers and the London Eye, Butlins, Hoseasons, Bourne Leisure and Travelodge. The lobby is demanding the responsiblilty for tourism be passed to the business department as it is treated as a “poor relation” in its current home.