Aviation minister Baroness Sugg and new head of the Civil Aviation Authority Richard Moriarty have been added to the line-up of speakers for next month’s Abta Travel Matters conference.

The majority of places at the annual policy conference are by invitation only but Abta has released a limited number of tickets which are available to buy in response to popular demand.

The event will take a look at what is on the horizon for travel as the UK stands at a critical juncture when decisions by political leaders will have a profound effect on the future of the country and the industry.

The conference on June 27 in London will explore themes of trust and confidence; financial protection and regulation; post-Brexit transport infrastructure together with political decision-makers and new and old media.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “There are big political and regulatory decisions looming which will shape the next phase of the travel industry.

“It is these issues, and many more, which will be explored at Travel Matters, Abta’s flagship policy conference.

“The event brings together senior representatives from across the industry with a panel of esteemed speakers, ensuring an interesting and lively debate.

“We are delighted to open up the event to additional industry representatives by offering ticketed places.”

Travel Matters 2018 will take place at One Great George Street in Westminster.

Speakers include:

•Baroness Sugg, transport minister for aviation, international and security
•Richard Moriarty, CAA chief executive from June 1
•Arora Group founder and chairman Surinder Arora
•Travel Trade Consultancy director Martin Alcock
•Baroness Stowell of Beeston
•All Nippon Airways EMEA senior vice president and general manager, London, Akira Nakamura
•Broadcaster, comedian and former political adviser Ayesha Hazarika