At World Travel Market last week, I was struck by the sense of vibrancy and optimism shown by both exhibitors and attendees throughout the three days. Dealing with the effects of crises and profound economic and political change, which has dominated the past 18 months or so, we can sometimes lose sight of the fact that we work in a dynamic, exciting industry that makes a very real difference to the lives of millions of people around the world. This year’s WTM was a welcome reminder of the positive impact that our industry can and does have. The ABTA team also had constructive meetings with senior officials from many destinations, where we took the chance to share Members’ concerns and feedback about a range of travel and tourism matters. These meetings are an essential part of the process of maintaining and building mutually beneficial relationships which will help to support Members’ businesses throughout the next twelve months.
Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive