British tourism trade association UKinbound has announced that Plymouth will host next year’s 40th anniversary Annual Convention, which will take place from 08-10 February 2017.
The timing of the event coincides with the city’s multi-million-pound development as it prepares to celebrate the Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020.
Plymouth will be celebrating 400 years since the iconic Mayflower sailed from the city to the United States of America. As part of the preparations for 2020, Plymouth’s significant development programme includes a £32m major re-development of the city’s museums and galleries, a major new rail station scheme and £4.17m coach hub, plus a £40m major retail development to extend Drake Circus shopping centre.
UKinbound’s Annual Convention will be a high profile trade event to highlight the city’s expansion and restoration to those in the travel and tourism industry, as well as a prime opportunity to generate business opportunities.
Hosts Destination Plymouth will welcome over 250 UKinbound members for two days of thought-provoking debate, lectures with keynote speakers, and networking opportunities including a major B2B workshop. The event will be rounded off with a black-tie gala dinner, at which the Association’s annual Awards for Excellence will be announced.
Plymouth is recognised as the greenest city in the UK and is just three hours from London by rail and a short distance from the international airports Exeter and Bristol.
On being selected by UKInbbound, Duncan Currall, chair of Destination Plymouth, said: “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.”