Published on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Google to headline UK conference

Google is to be the headline speaker at this year’s UKinbound Convention in Belfast on February 1 and 2.

Google’s UK & Ireland Head of Online Travel, Scott Field, who will talk about the future of technology and how it will affect overseas visitors booking travel to the UK, will be joined by financial editor of the Evening Standard, Anthony Hilton and Independent’s travel writer Alison Rice.

BBC Breakfast host, Bill Turnbull, is the moderator of the business sessions at the conference which is expected to attract more than 180 delegates.

UKinbound is a trade association representing accommodation, attractions, tourism bodies and inbound tour operators in the UK.

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