Abta reveals Travel Matters speaker line-up

Abta reveals Travel Matters speaker line-up

Abta has unveiled the line-up for its third annual Travel Matters conference in May, confirming the attendance of tourism minister John Penrose along with a string of leading industry figures.

Penrose will join a panel debate on the mix of government support for outbound, inbound and domestic tourism.

The half-day event at Millbank, Westminster, on May 10 will also look at ways to improve the UK’s air connectivity and support sustainable growth.

Delegates will be invited from all sectors of travel, government departments and stakeholder groups to debate current policy issues.

Speakers will include Cllr Daniel Moylan, deputy chairman of Transport for London; John Parkinson, head of UK aviation policy development at the Department for Transport; and James Berresford, chief executive of VisitEngland, who will join Penrose in the panel discussion.

Industry leaders attending include Thomas Cook UK mainstream chief executive Ian Ailles, Travel Republic managing director Kane Pirie, Tui Travel group counsel Mike Bowers, and UK Inbound chief executive Mary Rance.

Abta chief executive Mark Tanzer said: “Travel Matters provides a fantastic opportunity for the industry to share and shape views on key policy issues.

“We will discuss a range of issues critical to a successful and healthy future for our industry.”

The event will be moderated by ITV News special correspondent Daisy McAndrew, who moderated Travel Matters last year.

Additional speakers will be announced shortly.

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