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UKinbound Parliamentary Reception details announced

UKinbound announced details of its biennial Parliamentary Reception, due to take place at the House of Commons on the 4th June 2008. The event will bring together UKinbound members with parliamentarians, in particular those from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Tourism, in order to ensure that within Parliament, there is a better understanding of the industry, and the current challenges and prospects for inbound tourism.

Sponsored by Visit Kent, and hosted by Janet Anderson MP, the event will include speeches by Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE MP, the Minister of State for Culture Media and Sport, and Tobias Ellwood MP, the Shadow Minister for Tourism.

Stephen Dowd chief executive of UKinbound said: “The UKinbound Parliamentary Reception is organised exclusively for UKinbound members to meet the MPs that represent them. It can be tough for those in public life to fully grasp the challenges of an industry as disparate as ours, and so establishing a dialogue between professionals and parliamentarians is crucial.”

Visit Kent, formally the Kent Tourism Alliance/Kent Tourism, is launching their new brand in an effort establish consumer-friendly brand links with the national tourist board VisitBritain. The chairman of Visit Kent Amanda Cottrell said: “Tourism is incredibly important to Kent, contributing around £2billion each year to the local economy. By working with UKinbound on their Parliamentary Reception, we hope also to highlight the importance of Kent to the UK’s visitor economy to government and industry, while our new brand reinforces this to consumers.”