14 Apr

Back together – Regional Meetings in person 

I was pleased to be able to join the North-West Regional Business Meeting in Manchester on Tuesday, catching up with Members from across the region and hearing how their businesses are doing as the industry builds its recovery.
This is the first round of Regional Business Meetings that are being held in person since before the pandemic. We’re making the most of being able to come together with a new format, which has been developed based on feedback from Members and the Regional Chairs.
Those of you who have been to one of the meetings already will know that there is a greater emphasis on two-way communication - a chance for ABTA Members and Partners to get together to share insights and best practice in a social setting.
Our more formal presentations on developments in the sector, which use to be a feature of our regional get-togethers, have a new home in our monthly video calls (which recently replaced the fortnightly conference calls). 

It’s not just senior ABTA staff attending the new-look regional meetings, but a range ABTA Partners and sponsors presenting relevant updates too. On Tuesday we heard from JetBlue, Turkish Airlines, Xenia and Manchester Airport Group. 

The line-ups serve to give added colour and talking points for the sessions, and Members can also ask any questions which they’d like to put to the ABTA team.
Tuesday’s meeting was the fourth in the Spring series of meetings, meaning we’re almost halfway through - having been to Newcastle, Glasgow, London and Manchester so far.
There is still time to sign up to the meeting in your region – full details and how to register can be found here.
If you missed this week’s video conference you can watch it again on demand as well as registering for the next one which will take place on Tuesday 10 May.

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive