As part of UKinbound’s ongoing dedication to promoting tourism across the UK, the trade association has picked Plymouth to host 2017’s celebratory Annual Convention. The timing of the event complements the city’s multi-million-pound development as it prepares to celebrate the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020.
As lead city for the UK celebrations, Plymouth is undertaking a significant development programme, which includes a £32 million major re-development of the city’s museums and galleries, a major new railway station scheme, £4.17 million coach hub, plus a £40 million major retail development to extend Drake Circus shopping centre. UKinbound’s Annual Convention, therefore, will be a high profile trade event to highlight the city’s expansion and restoration to fellow travel and tourism colleagues, as well as a prime opportunity to generate business opportunities.
Following on from the success of this year’s Annual Convention held at the Macdonald Aviemore Resort in Scotland, Destination Plymouth, will welcome over 250 UKinbound members for two days of thought-provoking debates, plenary sessions with key note speakers, networking opportunities including a major B2B workshop and rounded off with a black-tie Gala Dinner, at which the Association’s annual Awards for Excellence will be announced. The Convention will be marked with extra special celebrations to honour the Association’s 40th Anniversary.
UKinbound’s Chief Executive Officer, Deirdre Wells OBE said: "We are delighted to be working with Plymouth on our 40th Anniversary Convention. Plymouth has a proud naval heritage surrounded by stunning countryside and provides a gateway to the South West for our inbound visitors. Attracting over 5.2 million visitors annually, Plymouth has an exceptional offering for the inbound visitor which is helping to draw tourism nationally across the UK."
Duncan Currall, Chair of Destination Plymouth, said: “Destination Plymouth is delighted that UKinbound has awarded Plymouth the opportunity to host their 40th Anniversary Convention in Britain’s Ocean City. We believe this is a great opportunity to showcase the very best that Plymouth has to offer as well as well as demonstrating the natural beauty, heritage and wealth of visitor attractions in the wider Devon and Cornwall region.
We are very grateful for the support of Conference Plymouth, Holiday Inn, Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth Pavilions and HM Royal Navy Devonport, plus a multitude of City partners who have all worked together on this successful bid. It is a true demonstration of ‘Team Plymouth’ at its very best. We look forward to working with the UKinbound Team and really ‘pushing the boat out’ in true Plymouth style for their event in February next year.”