UKinbound chooses Cardiff for 2018 Annual Convention

UKinbound has announced that its next Annual Convention will take place in Cardiff (February 7-9, 2018).

Following the success of this year’s Annual Convention in Plymouth, Cardiff will welcome more than 250 UKinbound members for three days of debates, addresses from keynote speakers and networking opportunities in and around Cardiff.

There will also be a major business-to-business workshop and a black-tie gala dinner, at which the winners of the association’s annual Awards for Excellence will be announced.

Supported by Visit Wales, there will be a series of familiarisation trips, including a visit to north Wales, listed as one of the top regions to visit in the world in 2017 by Lonely Planet Traveller.

Deirdre Wells, UKinbound’s chief executive, said: “Our ambition is to support inbound tourism business across the UK, and tourism in Wales is going from strength to strength.

“The city has an exceptional tourism offering, home to superb shopping, innovative architecture, historic buildings, and more urban green spaces than any other city in the UK.

“As the hosts of the Uefa Champions League Final – the single biggest sporting event of 2017 – Cardiff is likely to attract more inbound visitors and we look forward to further raising the profile of Europe’s youngest capital city.”

Welsh government economy secretary, Ken Skates, added: “We look forward to working with Cardiff Convention Bureau to give all delegates a fantastic experience and insight into what our country has to offer.

“2018 is Wales’ Year of the Sea which will give us the perfect opportunity to celebrate our connections with the sea and our magnificent coastline.

“Tourism in Wales is in a strong position and the overseas figures for the first nine months of 2016 show that Wales saw a 12% increase in the number of visitors and a 9% increase in spend.”

Pictured is the Millennium Centre, Cardiff ©VisitBritain/Simon Winnall