01 Apr

ABTA Spearheads Travel and Tourism Debate at Annual Travel Matters Conference

Justine Greening, Economic Secretary to the Treasury will provide the first public appearance by a Treasury Minister on aviation taxation (Air Passenger Duty) since the Budget and will join a strong line-up of speakers including Keith Williams, Chief Executive of British Airways and Johan Lundgren Managing Director of Northern Region TUI Travel plc at ABTA’s second annual Travel Matters Conference on Tuesday 5 April.

An invited audience of travel industry opinion leaders, made up of ABTA member agents, principals and industry partners as well as key stakeholders and government representatives will discuss the most pressing travel industry policy issues of the moment including the long term strategy for aviation and travel, financial protection, airport capacity, the impact of weak consumer confidence on the industry and how travel and tourism can help grow the UK’s economy.

Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive said: “This is a time of great importance for the travel industry. ABTA has been carrying the industry’s case to the Government on a number of important issues, but there is much to be discussed. In recent months the Government has unveiled its proposals on areas including consumer financial protection for holidays, the future of travel and tourism and aviation taxation. This event is an excellent opportunity for the industry to come together to present its position to decision-makers in Westminster.”