Plymouth will host UKinbound’s 40th anniversary annual convention (February 8-10, 2017), as the city prepares for Mayflower 400 commemorations in 2020.
The destination is seeing a multimillion-pound redevelopment as it will be the UK lead city for the celebrations, which will be in the UK, the US and Holland.
The Mayflower set sail for America on September 16, 1620, and major transatlantic and global events are proposed to mark the 400th anniversary.
Plymouth is seeing a £32 million re-development of the city’s museums and galleries; a major new railway station scheme; £4.2 million coach hub; and a £40 million major retail development to extend Drake Circus shopping centre.
UKinbound’s annual convention will highlight the city’s expansion to travel and tourism colleagues and generate business opportunities.
The tourist board Destination Plymouth will welcome more than 250 UKinbound members for two days of debates, plenary sessions with keynote speakers, networking opportunities including a major B2B workshop and a gala dinner.
The convention will be marked with extra celebrations to honour the association’s 40th anniversary.
Deirdre Wells, UKinbound chief executive, said: “Plymouth has a proud naval heritage surrounded by stunning countryside and provides a gateway to the south west for our inbound visitors.
“Attracting over 5.2 million visitors annually, Plymouth has an exceptional offering for the inbound visitor which is helping to draw tourism nationally across the UK.”
Duncan Currall, chair of Destination Plymouth, added: “We believe this is a great opportunity to showcase the very best that Plymouth has to offer as well as demonstrating the natural beauty, heritage and wealth of visitor attractions in the wider Devon and Cornwall region.”