The Advantage Travel Partnership has chosen the theme ‘Empowering Independence’ its 2020 conference.

More than 450 delegates are expected to attend the event on the Portuguese island of Madeira between May 15-18.

The consortium said every session will provide the opportunity to debate and discuss the strength and rise in popularity of the independent retailer and privately-owned businesses, as well as the power of collective collaboration.


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There will be TEDx-style sessions which aim to explore how the environment, talent-gap, digital revolution and socio-political unrest is reshaping lives and businesses.

Speakers will come from both the leisure and business travel industry and are due to be announced in the coming months.

Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive of Advantage Travel Partnership, said: “In a world where global homogenous brands seem to have taken over, and in many cases, dominate our high street, social media and subconscious, the role of the independent business travel is becoming ever more important – no less than in the travel sphere.

“Our country is entering a new phase in global relations and this creates new opportunities for consumer and corporate travel.”

Lo Bue-Said added: “Independently our members are trusted to provide expert advice, information and inspiration to the British travellers on a daily basis. I believe this new decade represents a tide of change.

“No longer is the British public satisfied with a faceless brand, we are not only demanding better service but bespoke and customised services, and increasingly a service in which we can put our trust. This conference is about championing independence and collaboration. Together we are stronger than the sum of our parts and through our collective buying power, sharing of knowledge and best practice we can generate growth and keep this tide of independence at the forefront of change.

“We are looking forward to welcoming the members to our celebration of empowering independence because the power of many is based on the commitment of one.”

The conference is being held at the Savoy Palace in Funchal.