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UKinbound awards 2020 Annual Convention to the City of Bristol

11th February 2019

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UKinbound, a leading travel association that represents nearly 400 tourism businesses across the UK, has announced that the city of Bristol has been awarded the bid to host its 2020 Annual Convention.

Clifton Suspension Bridge on the morning of the Bristol Balloon Fiesta launch

Credit: Gary Newman

The announcement was made last night at UKinbound’s Awards for Excellence Gala Dinner, which took place at Glasgow City Chambers during the final evening of the association’s 2019 Annual Convention in the city.

Bristol 2020 is poised to take place on Wednesday 5 and Thursday 6 February, and it’s expected that nearly 300 UKinbound members from across the UK tourism industry will converge on the city for the two-day business event.

Tour operators and travel trade buyers from across Bristol’s key international visitor markets will have the opportunity to attend topical industry panel debates, a keynote speaker address, b2b workshops, networking events and a black-tie gala dinner at which the winners of the association’s annual Awards for Excellence will be announced.

Supported by team at Destination Bristol, UKinbound will facilitate a series of familiarisation trips for delegates, designed to showcase the city’s diverse tourism offering and aiding the development of stronger relationships between buyers and local industry.

UKinbound’s chief executive officer, Joss Croft, said: “We’re very excited to be holding  our next Annual Convention in Bristol. Destination Bristol presented a very compelling bid, and we’re confident that together we can make our 2020 convention a resounding success.

“During the two day event next year, we will work closely with Destination Bristol to provide as many commercial and networking opportunities as we can for our delegates, to grow their businesses and showcase Bristol’s outstanding visitor offering, which includes Bristol Cathedral, Aerospace Bristol and Brunel’s SS Great Britain.”

Kathryn Davis, Head of Tourism at Destination Bristol added: “As a proud member of UKinbound, we are thrilled that Bristol has been chosen as the host destination for the 2020 Annual Convention. This relationship is critical in our work with the travel trade, and essential in realising our ambitions to develop a robust and sustainable visitor economy, supporting and developing careers now and in the future. To be chosen to host such a prestigious event is a real testament to the strong partnerships in the region, and businesses of all sizes who work so hard in the tourism, cultural and hospitality sectors.  We look forward to welcoming fellow UKinbound members and convention delegates to Bristol next year.”

UKinbound’s 2019 Annual Convention took place in Glasgow on 6 and 7 February and was attended by over 300 UK tourism delegates.

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