Gavin Tollman, global chief executive of Trafalgar and sister brand Costsaver Tours, will give the keynote speech during the Virtual Touring and Adventure Week in October.

The Association of Touring & Adventure Suppliers postponed its annual conference and will instead host a series of webinars and online networking opportunities for the inaugural Virtual Touring and Adventure Week (October 19-23).

Tollman (pictured) will draw on his 30+ years of experience in tourism and hospitality to deliver his address, entitled ‘How touring is rebuilding post Covid-19’.

He will be addressing the specific challenges that touring has faced during the pandemic and the road to recovery, along with the measures that have been put in place to ensure customer safety and provide the reassurances for agent delegates and their customers so that they can book guided holidays with confidence.

Other speakers during the five-day online event will be Bob Morrell and Jeremy Blake, executive coaches at Reality Training; Debbie Marshall, managing director at Silver Travel Advisor; and Atas chairman Brian Young, who is also UK managing director of G Adventures.

Morrell and Blake will host a session called ‘How the sales process has changed’, which will look at ways agents have adapted to use different technology platforms to boost sales and secure bookings.

Marshall will analyse the results of a Silver Travel Advisor member survey to show how changing opinions could affect the touring and adventure sector.

The Virtual Touring and Adventure Week covers the dates that the postponed Atas conference was due to take place in Birmingham.

The event will have a theme of ‘Rebuild, Refresh, Renew’, and brings together leading suppliers in the touring and adventure sector with frontline travel agents, managers and owners.

Registration for the event is free for travel sellers, with daily content lasting for around two hours in addition to optional training webinars and social sessions.

To register your interest in attending Atas’ Virtual Touring and Adventure Week, click here.