Resort set to host major conference

Hilton Hotel, Blackpool
Hilton Hotel, Blackpool
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A major conference which aims to market Blackpool to overseas holidaymakers is coming to the resort.

Hundreds of tour operators will head here in a bid to encourage overseas visitors to holiday on the Fylde coast

UKinbound, one of the leading trade associations and the only one which focuses solely on the interests of the UK’s inbound tourism sector, is holding its annual convention in the resort in February.

The Business Tourism team at VisitBlackpool successfully secured the conference after taking part in a bidding process with other UK destinations and cities.

And it is now hoped the two-day event will encourage operators to spread the word about Blackpool with the view of welcoming many more overseas visitors.

It provides mix of business opportunities, staff development, political debate and celebration and will be attended by more than 200 key industry figures.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said the UKinbound conference is incredibly important for Blackpool.

He said: “This is a great opportunity to showcase our fantastic resort to tour operators from all over the UK who, in turn, will then pass the word on to their international clients helping us to attract overseas visitors.

“We already attract tourists from overseas every year with our major events.

“It is very easy for people to think of Blackpool as a holiday destination purely for UK residents but this is not the case and by welcoming UKinbound to the resort we would hope to see a rise in the number of international visitors.”

The annual convention promises to be a pivotal forum in which to discuss the future of the inbound tourism industry, looking at opportunities and potential obstacles that could impact upon visitor numbers to the UK.

UKinbound is holding its conference at Blackpool’s Hilton Hotel from Wednesday February 5. While in resort the delegates will also take part in a visit taking in attractions including Blackpool Pleasure Beach and The Blackpool Tower.

Speakers at the Blackpool conference include Graham Pickett (Global Leader of Aviation & Travel, Deloitte), Tom Buncle (Yellow Railroad Ltd), Nigel Huddleston (Head of Travel at Google) and Sandie Dawe (VisitBritain).

Rita Beckwith, chairman of UKinbound, said: “I am delighted that our main flagship event of the year is taking place in Blackpool.

“Since the re-generation of Blackpool, we are excited to invite our members and industry colleagues to experience the beloved seaside resort and we are encouraging delegates to take a fresh look at Blackpool.”

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