Travel Matters – London

    22 June 2022
  • Venue:
    The National Gallery
  • Location:
    Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
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Event details

In light of the expected disruption from the rail strikes next week, this event has been postponed. A new date will be announced shortly. For any queries, please email 

Travel Matters is the travel and tourism industry’s forum for debating the political and policy issues that matter most to our sector.

About the event

ABTA’s Travel Matters conference returns in-person for the first time since 2019. Taking place at a new venue for 2022, join over 200 senior travel and tourism industry representatives at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square to hear thought-leading commentary on current affairs and the issues affecting travel. The annual event brings together an audience of CEOs and executive directors, political figures, government stakeholders and national and travel trade media representatives.

This year's theme is 'An Agenda for Recovery and Renewal'. The event will examine what is needed from Government to rebuild travel in the long term. What are the policies that are shaping the travel landscape and what can we learn from the pandemic? What is needed from the industry’s future relationship with Westminster?

In a time when energy and security have been firmly forced into the spotlight, how are businesses preparing to manage change brought about by global affairs? How does policy and commercial strategy now intertwine and how will travel business leaders navigate the shifting landscape?

A high profile range of speakers including politicians, top industry figures and media commentators will look at how events in Westminster, Brussels and the wider world will impact on consumers, businesses and the travel industry. 

The event will include welcome refreshments, time to network and a light lunch.

Event timings

09:00 – 09:30 – Networking breakfast
09:00 – 11:00 – Travel Matters conference sessions
11:00 – 11:30 – Networking tea and coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 – Travel Matters conference sessions
13:00 – 14:00 – Networking light lunch
14:00 Council of Regions*
*Invitation only



Moderator: LBC's 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, where you can listen on-air and watch via Global Player.

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Amber Rudd, Former Home Secretary



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Nikki da Costa, former Director of Legislative Affairs at No 10 Downing Street and Specialist Partner at Flint Global 

Nikki da Costa is an influential commentator on politics, legislation and parliament. She served as Director of Legislative Affairs in No 10 for two Prime Ministers – Theresa May and Boris Johnson. Valued for her legislative understanding and reputation built over years in the Opposition Whips Office, she was the first person to hold this role. After leaving Downing Street in November 2018, she appeared regularly as a commentator on Radio 4’s Today Programme, BBC News, Channel 4 and Sky, and as a columnist with the Daily Telegraph and the Spectator. Boris Johnson brought Nikki back to No 10 to help chart a way through the parliamentary deadlock on Brexit and to secure a General Election. 

Additional speakers include:

  • Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive, ABTA 
  • Alistair Rowland, Chairman, ABTA
  • Simon McNamara, UK & Ireland Country Manager, International Air Transport Association (IATA) 
  • Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive, Airlines UK 
  • Martin Alcock, Director, Travel Trade Consultancy 
  • Andy Janes, Group Director of Operations, Intertek 
  • Karen Dee, Chief Executive, Airport Operators Association
  • Giles Hawke, CEO, Cosmos 
  • Brian Young, Managing Director, EMEA, G Adventures 
  • Prue Stone, Group Head of Sustainability, Hotelplan 
  • Ruth Marshall, Managing Director, RCL Cruises Ltd
  • Susan Deer, Director of Industry Relations, ABTA
  • Luke Petherbridge, Director of Public Affairs, ABTA





















Event prices

Complimentary invitations are issued to senior industry figures, travel and transport media as well as leading political stakeholders. 

Additional tickets are available to purchase for ABTA Members/Partners and non-Members. 

ABTA Member/ABTA Partner rate* – £150 plus VAT 
Non-Member rate – £225 plus VAT

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

Non-members are welcome to attend ABTA Conferences and Events. For information about becoming a Member click here.

View our booking terms and conditions here.

Event sponsorship

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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Founded in 2003 in the UK, Intertek Cristal and Intertek Checkpoint are trusted partners to major hotels and tour operators around the world providing a unique range of assurance solutions to the industry. Through its Cristal Standard Solutions and Checkpoint branded audit and software solutions, Intertek  enables hoteliers, restauranteurs and tour operators to meet the highest industry-specific health & safety and security standards. 
With global network of more than 3,000 auditors, Intertek provides the right set of tools and inspections, to provide total quality assurance to all its customers through 18 internationally recognized standards of excellence.


For over 12 years, we’ve been supporting travel businesses with pragmatic solutions to a range of complex regulatory, finance and strategic problems. We help them manage regulatory and bonding issues with ATOL, ABTA and IATA. We also help 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 at, and we'd be happy to arrange a chat.

For details on how to promote your company via headline sponsorship, branding and exhibition, contact Matt Turton on 07766 517 611 or

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