Travel Matters – London

    06 December 2022
  • Venue:
    One Birdcage Walk, Westminster, London, SW1H 9JJ
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Event details

ABTA is pleased to announce the new date for its postponed Travel Matters conference. 

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. Join over 200 senior travel and tourism industry 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'. In the wake of new Government leadership, 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?

How are businesses preparing to manage change brought about by global affairs and anticipated changes to the major regulations affecting the travel industry in the UK? 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
09:30 – 10:30 – Travel Matters conference sessions
10:30 – 11:00 – Networking tea and coffee break
11:00 – 12:20 – Travel Matters conference sessions
12:20 – 13:00 – Networking light lunch



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.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Aviation Minister

Baroness Vere of Norbiton was appointed as a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport on 23 April 2019. She was previously a Government Whip (Baroness in Waiting) from 21 December 2016 to 26 July 2019. She is responsible for all Lords' business, aviation, space, international, local transport, active travel, corporate, SME minister, and deputy for security and civil contingencies.

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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:

  • Susan Deer, Director of Industry Relations, ABTA
  • Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive, ABTA 
  • Tim Alderslade, CEO, Airlines UK 
  • Luke Petherbridge, Director of Public Affairs, ABTA
  • Christopher Snelling, Policy Director, Airport Operators Association
  • Alistair Rowland, Chairman, ABTA
  • Samir Ahmed, Managing Director, Intertek Cristal & Intertek Checkpoint
  • Martin Alcock, Director, Travel Trade Consultancy





















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


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