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Published on Thursday, June 3, 2021

UKinbound to host in-person annual convention


Trade association UKinbound has confirmed its Annual Convention will go ahead this year as an in-person event.

It is taking place on 16-17 September at the Kimpton Clocktower Hotel in Manchester.

The in-person event will focus on supporting the industry as it maps its path to recovery, and includes a two-day programme of topical industry debates, a keynote speaker address, B2B workshops and a themed networking evening.

There will also be an opportunity for buyers to meet with local suppliers from Manchester's tourism sector.

In response to the evolving nature of the UK's events industry, a virtual component has been added to the 2021 agenda and will be a feature of all future Annual Conventions.

On Friday 24 September delegates will be invited to attend a full day virtual B2B workshop and provided with access to a range of new on-demand webinars.

To aid the industry's recovery, the association will be opening its convention to both members and non-members for the very first time.

The event will be one of only a handful in 2021 where inbound tour operators and UK suppliers can meet and do business in person.

The association is also working in collaboration with Marketing Manchester to offer delegates FAM trips enabling them to experience the city, while aiding the development of key relationships between buyers and local industry.

Joss Croft, CEO, UKinbound said: "We're delighted to announce the return of in-person events for the association and we're incredibly excited to be working with Marketing Manchester to make this happen. "

"International tourism is vitally important to the UK economy and will play an essential role in the revival of the UK's great cities such as Manchester. Our convention will provide delegates with an array of commercial and networking opportunities."

Sheona Southern, Managing Director at Marketing Manchester, said: "We are thrilled that the UKinbound Annual Convention is coming to Greater Manchester, bringing some highly influential delegates from across the tourism sector into the city.

"The convention will come at a crucial time for the UK tourism sector, as it accelerates efforts to recover and rebuild."

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