The cost of attending this year’s Abta Travel Convention will rise after an early booking offer expires next Wednesday.

Registration fees for Abta members and partners will go up from £495 to £585 from Thursday (May 25).

The event takes place in Ponta Delgada in The Azores on October 9-11 under the theme of ‘The Next Chapter’.

The focus will be on the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead following global political upheaval and volatile economic conditions in recent months.

ITV’s Chris Ship will return to moderate this year’s convention which includes Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald among headline speakers.

Donald will share his thoughts on the future of cruise, exploring trends in the sector and offering his opinions on the industry.

Dr Paul Redmond, an expert on generational theory and the graduate labour market, will speak on how the Millennial generation will bring something different to the workplace, and what it will take to lead the employees of tomorrow.

The convention will be held on the island of São Miguel and delegates will have the opportunity to explore and experience some of the island’s highlights including the Lagoa do Fogo and the Sete Ciades, as well as a chance to go whale watching.

Azores Airlines will provide delegates with special return fares from  Gatwick in addition to daily flights to the Azores via Lisbon.

The event will be hosted by The Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism agencies and the regional government of the Azores.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “I would encourage delegates to take advantage of the ‘early bird’ fees and join us in the stunning Azores Islands for this year’s convention.

“With the upcoming general election adding political instability to an already a volatile global picture, it is important for the industry to come together to reflect on events and to look ahead to the next chapter.”

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