New additions to the hybrid event include Julia Simpson, the new president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council
ABTA has unveiled the latest line-up of expert speakers for this year’s hybrid Travel Convention on Wednesday October 13.
New additions include Manuel Butler, director of the Spanish Tourist Office in the UK, who will discuss how destinations can rebuild following the impact of the pandemic, and how Spain is leading the way in adapting to changing consumer behaviour.
Also announced is Julia Simpson, who took up her new role as president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council last month. Simpson will address delegates on the importance of strong leadership as the travel and tourism sectors emerge from the Covid-19 crisis.
MD of Intrepid Travel, Zina Bencheikh, and vice president EMEA at Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ben Bouldin, will join a panel discussion exploring how the industry can place sustainability at the heart of its recovery.
These four new speakers join a list of travel industry big hitters and senior figures from the wider business world, including:
The conference’s theme is ‘Leading the Way – envisaging and inspiring in extraordinary times’.
Topics on the agenda in this year’s keynote speeches, business sessions and panel discussions include how innovations in the world of travel are set to shape the industry, what the future holds for business travel, and how we can adopt new ways of working to build better and fairer organisations.
This year’s Travel Convention is offering delegates the option to attend either in-person at East Wintergarden in London’s Canary Wharf or online via a customised digital platform.
Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said: “As the travel industry’s flagship event, the Travel Convention always brings together an esteemed list of speakers to debate the most pressing issues facing the travel sector – and this year’s event is no exception.”
Hybrid events, virtual training days and free webinars will be available through ABTA this autumn
ABTA has launched an events schedule for this autumn for the travel industry and its members.
The events are designed to aid travel businesses, large and small, to stay in-the-know on important industry issues, give insights on recovery strategy and provide quality service to customers.
Members and partners will be able to ‘attend’ the events at a reduced rate, while the schedule remains open for the whole travel industry.
To mark the launch of the autumn schedule, ABTA is offering a 10 per cent discount on bookings made until October 8, using code ABTAAUTUMN21 when booking.
Eve Coburn, ABTA’s head of events, said: “We’re offering events on topics that have been in demand, from marketing and finance, to travel law and health and safety, presented by high calibre speakers and experts. We’re pleased to also be offering hybrid events, giving people the choice to attend in person – offering a much missed opportunity to network with industry colleagues – or to attend online. I look forward to seeing you face-to-face or virtually.”
The hybrid events offer participants a choice to attend in person at a central London venue, or to watch the live content virtually through a custom-built platform.
In November, there will be two events taking place in this format, the Travel Trends conference on November 24 and the Travel Regulations Conference on November 30. The former will give participants up-to-date insights on key sector trends, popular destinations, customer sentiments and marketing strategies. The latter will explore practical lessons learnt from the global pandemic, what the industry can expect from new major regulations and what this could mean for travel business.
Virtual training days, meanwhile, will focus on: Travel VAT Training, October 19; Introduction to Health and Safety Risk Management and Auditing for Travel, October 21; and Consumer Law in the Marketing and Selling of Holidays, December 8.
The business resilience webinars will be free to attend for ABTA Members and Partners. Upcoming webinars in this series include: Decarbonising Tourism in November; and Accessible Travel Tourism in December, with more to be announced shortly.
ABTA has produced new guidance to help members understand the role of merchant acquirers and their approach to risk in our industry and assist members with liaising with merchant acquirers on topics including chargebacks and requests for additional security.
The new webpage is available in the Member Zone in the Running Your Business area. See more here.