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Travel Matters: Free for ABTA Members

    22 June 2021
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ABTA's Travel Matters conference will be brought to you virtually from a studio, streamed live via a custom digital platform, to explore this year's theme 'Politics and Policies: An Agenda for Recovery'.

Now in its 11th year, this important industry event provides a timely update on politics and current affairs in an ever-changing world. What are the policies that are shaping the travel landscape and what can we learn from the upheaval in the past year? What is needed from Government to rebuild travel in the long term?

The travel industry has faced, and continues to face, uncertainty. There has never been a more important moment for the travel industry to come together and make our voice heard in current affairs. 

This year, ABTA Members are invited to register free of charge.

About the event

With the Government’s roadmap to recovery now in motion and a plan for international travel to resume, the travel industry can finally see the light at the end of a very long tunnel. But, what effect has the Coronavirus, and the Government’s response to the crisis, had on the travel industry? How do we rebuild travel effectively and ensure consumer confidence in travel? What do we need from future policy and politicians to rebuild travel, now and for the longer term?

At one of the most crucial times in travel history, ABTA will lead the conversation on how we can unlock our industry and look forward, building a strong foundation for future challenges.

With an agenda professionally moderated by LBC’s Tom Swarbrick, key industry players and political speakers will look at key issues for travel: future regulatory reform; political relationships at home, with the devolved administrations and in the EU; the future of financial protection and airline insolvency reform.


Speakers include:

  • Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive, ABTA
  • Luke Petherbridge, Director of Public Affairs, ABTA
  • Robert Courts MP, Minister for Aviation, Maritime & Security, Department for Transport 
  • Sir Stephen Hillier, Chair, Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) 
  • Isabel Hardman, Assistant Editor, The Spectator and Presenter, Week in Westminster 
  • Andrew Flintham, Managing Director, TUI Northern Region 
  • Garry Wilson, Chief Executive Officer, easyJet holidays 
  • Alistair Rowland, CEO, Blue Bay Travel and ABTA Chairman 
  • Joanne Stuart OBE, CEO, NITA (Northern Ireland Tourism Alliance)
  • Mike Tibbert, Vice President, SPAA
  • Joss Croft, CEO, UKinbound 
  • Julia Lo Bue-Said, Chief Executive Officer, Advantage Travel Partnership 
  • Martin Alcock, Director, Travel Trade Consultancy 
  • John de Vial, Special Adviser, ABTA

Moderator: LBC's Tom Swarbrick

Tom Swarbrick

Tom Swarbrick is the presenter of Swarbrick on Sunday 10am – 1pm and weekday evenings 10pm – 1am on LBC. After working at the BBC, Tom joined LBC as a reporter and in 2015 was named both the National Radio Journalist of the Year and the International Reporter of the Year. In 2016, he was hired by Downing Street as an adviser to Prime Minister May. Tom left Downing Street to return to a career in broadcasting in March 2018. Swarbrick on Sunday focuses on the political stories of the day and is broadcast live from LBC’s new Westminster studios, both on radio and on video.

Attendance and prices

Travel and tourism industry representatives attend ABTA’s Travel Matters event to hear thought-leading commentary on current affairs and the issues affecting travel. The delegate list includes CEOs and directors, political figures, government stakeholders and national and travel trade media representatives. 

This year, ABTA Members are invited to register free of charge.

Pre-registration is essential as places are limited. Registration will close at 18:00 on Monday 21 June.

ABTA Members* – Free of charge 
ABTA Partners* – £99 plus VAT  
Non Members – £150 plus VAT 

View our booking terms and conditions here.

* To qualify for the ABTA Member/Partner rates, you must have a current ABTA Member/Partner number or your application must be in progress when the event takes place.

Event format

Travel Matters will be brought to you virtually from a studio, streamed live via a custom digital platform. There will be keynote conference sessions, panel discussions, interactive discussion sessions and online networking. 

  • Speakers will present live from a studio and will be available for questions and discussion on the day.
  • Interactive breakout sessions will enable interaction and engagement during breaks.
  • View presentation slides via the platform. 
  • Network with attendees on the platform via the 1:1 chat function or arrange 1:1 video meetings, visit sponsor hubs for exclusive content, guidance and resources.
  • Watch content after the event on demand using your platform log in details. 
  • Support and tutorials will be available.

Event sponsorship

Headline sponsor

For over 12 years, we’ve been helping travel businesses with pragmatic solutions to a range of complex problems.  We help them manage regulatory and bonding issues with ATOL, ABTA and IATA. We help them model and monitor their finances, develop business plans, raise money, and find investors. Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, we've been providing our clients with up-to-the-minute guidance and recommendations for common issues arising around cash flow management and regulatory responsibilities. We have also supported them through several successful CBILS and furlough processes since those schemes were launched and have helped them manage their relationships with regulators, merchant acquirers, insurers and other stakeholders. We are assisting with their future planning by advising on a range of other areas including insurance, bonding, trust accounts, M&A and complex regulatory and financial issues. If you would like to get in touch, please drop us an email on, and we'd be happy to arrange a chat.

Destination partners

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The Algarve Tourism Bureau is the only Destination Marketing Organisation (DMO) appointed by the Portuguese National Tourism Board to promote the Algarve Region and its touristic products within overseas markets, thus establishing partnerships with both public and private sector to achieve this goal, such as joint marketing campaigns with Tour operators and airlines, press and fam trips, destination trainings, trade shows, tourism fairs etc. Being funded by both government and private sectors we can be considered as the official regional tourism board as well as a trade association, as far as Destination Marketing Organisations are concerned.


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Media partner

Global is one of the world’s leading Media & Entertainment groups. Global is home to national market leading media brands broadcasting across the UK on DAB & FM and worldwide on Global Player which allows listeners to enjoy all of Global’s radio brands, podcasts and playlists, in one place. Global is also a leading Outdoor company in the UK & Europe, with over 235,000 sites reaching 95% of the UK population. Its portfolio encompasses TfL’s Underground network, almost all major UK airports, the UK’s largest portfolio of roadside posters and premium digital screens in prime locations, and the UK’s largest network of buses in all major cities.

On-air, on Global Player and with our outdoor platforms combined, Global reaches 51 million individuals across the UK every week. Global created and operates DAX (Digital Ad Exchange), the market leader in digital audio advertising and a pioneering platform in programmatic outdoor advertising. 
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