05 Apr

ABTA provides limited free places for Members to attend annual Travel Matters conference

ABTA – The Travel Association is offering a limited number of complimentary places for Members to attend its annual Travel Matters conference.

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the conference, a key policy event in the travel industry calendar, taking place on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at the prestigious One Great George Street in Westminster, London. 

Travel Matters is the travel and tourism industry’s forum for debating the political and policy issues that matter most to the sector, with the theme this year being ‘A Vision for the Next Decade’.

With the UK currently in the midst of Brexit negotiations, the travel industry finds itself at a pivotal moment. What do we want our industry to look like in the future and how will travel business leaders navigate the shifting political landscape? What happens next, beyond Brexit?

The event brings together an invited audience of CEOs and executive directors, political figures, government stakeholders and national and travel trade media representatives. ABTA is offering complimentary places to ABTA Members.

LBC’s Tom Swarbrick will be moderating the event and will be joined by politicians, ministers, top industry figures and media commentators.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive, ABTA
  • Mike Cooper, CEO, Eurostar International
  • Sir Simon Hughes, Chancellor, London South Bank University
  • Martin Alcock, Director, Travel Trade Consultancy
  • Sandra Kelly, Director UK Skills and Policy, People 1st International
  • Luke Petherbridge, Head of Public Affairs, ABTA 

The complimentary places will be issued on a first come, first served basis, which Members can apply for by emailing events@abta.co.uk. The places are restricted to ABTA Members only. 

A limited number of tickets will also be available to purchase at abta.com/travelmatters.

Mark Tanzer Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said: 

“We are delighted to offer complimentary places for our Members at ABTA’s leading policy event and hope they will take advantage of the opportunity to attend Travel Matters. This year our theme ‘A Vision for the Next Decade’ will allow us to discuss the issues most important to travel businesses in the next ten years as we look to the future of our industry.”  

This year’s headline sponsor is Travel Trade Consultancy, co-sponsor is ANA – All Nippon Airways and media partner is Global, the Media & Entertainment Group. 

For further information, contact:
020 3117 0596 or press@abta.co.uk
Tom Sommerfelt, Senior Media Relations Executive, tsommerfelt@abta.co.uk or 020 3117 0531

Out of Hours:  Contact the Duty Press Officer on 020 3693 0183.
Web: www.abta.com
Twitter: @ABTAtravel

Notes to editors

ABTA has been a trusted travel brand for over 65 years. Our purpose is to help our Members to grow their businesses successfully and sustainably, and to help their customers travel with confidence. 
The ABTA brand stands for support, protection and expertise. This means consumers have confidence in ABTA and a strong trust in ABTA Members. These qualities are core to us as they ensure that holidaymakers remain confident in the holiday products that they buy from our Members. 

We help our Members and their customers navigate through today's changing travel landscape by raising standards in the industry; offering schemes of financial protection; providing an independent complaints resolution service should something go wrong; giving guidance on issues from sustainability to health and safety and by presenting a united voice to government to ensure the industry and the public get a fair deal.

ABTA has around 1,200 Members, with a combined annual UK turnover of £38 billion. For more details about what we do, what being an ABTA Member means and how we help the British public travel with confidence visit www.abta.com.