ABTA Confirms New Speakers For Travel Convention | New

ABTA has unveiled the latest lineup of expert speakers for the Travel Convention.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 13, with guests offering a glimpse of how they have responded to the challenges posed by the pandemic and sharing their vision for the short- and long-term future of the travel industry.

Announced today, Manuel Butler, newly returned as director of the Spanish Tourist Board in the UK, will discuss how destinations can rebuild themselves from the impact of the pandemic and how Spain – a hugely important destination for overseas travel in the UK – paves the way for adaptation to changing consumer behavior.

Julia Simpson, who took over as CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council last month, was also announced today.

She will address delegates on the importance of strong leadership as the travel and tourism industry emerges from the coronavirus crisis.

Intrepid Travel Managing Director Zina Bencheikh and Royal Caribbean Cruises Vice President, EMEA, Ben Bouldin, will join a panel discussion exploring how the industry can place sustainability at the heart of its recovery.

The newly confirmed speakers join Andrew Swaffield, Managing Director of Virgin Red, Mark Tanzer, Managing Director of ABTA, and Ailsa Pollard, Managing Director of dnata Travel Group in the UK and Europe, on an impressive list.

The travel convention will offer delegates the option to attend in person at East Wintergarden at Canary Wharf in London or online through a personalized digital platform.

Tanzer said: “As the flagship event of the travel industry, the Travel Convention always brings together a list of esteemed speakers to debate the most pressing issues facing the travel industry – and the event. this year is no exception.

“This year, more than ever, it is important for us to come together to reflect on the events and learnings of the past 12 months and inspire our delegates to envision and embrace what the future holds for the travel industry.

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