Abta’s Travel Convention: Speakers announced from Tui, Airbnb and Norwegian

Abta’s Travel Convention: Speakers announced from Tui, Airbnb and Norwegian

Three speakers from Tui, Airbnb and Norwegian have been announced for Abta’s Travel Convention.

James McClure, general manager for Northern Europe at Airbnb, Dominic Tucker, head of sales UK and Ireland for Norwegian and Helen Caron, distribution and cruise director for Tui UK and Ireland have joined the line-up.

Abta’s Travel Convention will be held in the Azores on October 9 to 11.

The three new speakers will debate on issues such as challenges the sectors face, competitive response to growth and post-Brexit landscape.

During a session moderated by Travel Weekly’s Lucy Huxley, they will also discuss business models on tourism following recent anti-tourism protests in Barcelona and the Balearics.

In June it was announced that Royal Caribbean International would be the new headline sponsor of Abta’s Travel Convention, succeeding Fred Olsen Cruise Lines after 12 years.

Its fellow lead sponsor is the Avis Budget Group and The Telegraph with Travel Weekly Group as the media partner.

The convention will be held on the island of São Miguel with the opportunity to experience some excursions around the island.

The excursions include whale watching, a culinary tour of Furnas, a half day visit to the Lagoa do Fogo crater lake and walking tour of village Riberia Seca and finally a trip to the Sete Ciades lake and a pineapple plantation.

Delegates also have the chance to take part in ‘Ride for your Lifeline’, a scenic coastal bike ride taking in some of the Azores beautiful landscapes.

The price of this excursion includes a donation to ABTA LifeLine.

Mark Tanzer, Abta chief executive, said: “The Travel Convention provides an opportunity for the industry to come together and debate current issues as well as looking ahead to the future.

“I am delighted to welcome all of our speakers and look forward to some interesting debates.

“I would encourage anyone attending the convention to ensure they spend some time exploring the beautiful island of São Miguel and to take advantage of the excursions on offer.”

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