26 Jun 2018


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    Delivering Sustainable Travel – London

    Event details

    There is a compelling business case for ensuring your business is offering responsible travel products and services. Customers expect to be able to purchase mainstream responsible travel products from businesses who are making a conscious effort to protect local communities and environments within destinations. 

    Sustainable travel has been gathering momentum. The 2017 International Year of Sustainable Tourism concluded with a roadmap for sustainable tourism to 2030, tourism protests have highlighted the risks of overtourism, and the Blue Planet TV series increased public awareness about the impact of plastics on the environment. The Modern Slavery Act has also moved human rights up the corporate the agenda.

    ABTA’s second annual seminar offers practical and innovative guidance on how to implement sustainable approaches across your travel business. Address the key risks to your supply chain, including child protection and human rights, environmental management and animal welfare. Understand how to work with your suppliers to ensure that local communities benefit from, and are enhanced by, tourism.


    • The bigger picture and progress towards sustainable development goals
    • Recent developments and the impact on travel – plastics, mass tourism, human rights, drought
    • The business case and getting company-wide buy-in
    • Marketing, communicating and selling sustainability to customers
    • Ensuring the long term viability of destinations through sustainability initiatives and community working
    • Initiatives to reduce carbon and plastics across your business
    • Working with suppliers to improve the sustainability of your supply chain
    • Identification, investigation and remediation of key issues including carbon emissions, modern slavery, child protection and animal welfare


    • Moderator: Nikki White, Director of Destinations and Sustainability, ABTA 
    • Rochelle Turner, Director of Research, WTTC 
    • Jamie Sweeting, President, Planeterra Foundation, Vice President for Social Enterprise, G Adventures
    • Steph Millington, Europe & Morocco Regional Product Manager, Intrepid Group
    • Ian Corbett, Sustainable Business Manager, TUI UK 
    • Megan Devenish, Responsible Tourism Manager, Exodus 
    • Vince Flower, Director, Shearings 
    • Mike Deegan, Fleet Director, Noble Caledonia
    • Daniel Turner, Director, Animondial
    • Clare Jenkinson, Senior Sustainability Manager, ABTA

    Additional speakers will be announced in due course.

    Benefits of attending

    • Ensure regulatory compliance and safeguard your reputation
    • Hear focused discussion on key supply chain issues for travel: human rights, environmental management and animal welfare
    • Guarantee the longevity of your destinations through environmental, economic and social interventions with local suppliers
    • Learn how to practically implement sustainable travel practices
    • Improve customer experience and appeal to a broader consumer base by promoting your organisation as an ethical business

    Who should attend?

    This seminar is for travel agents, tour operators, hotels, airlines, cruise providers and the wider travel and tourism industry who have a part to play in making travel more sustainable, including: 

    • Directors and senior management teams
    • Product teams
    • CSR, sustainability and responsible tourism teams 
    • Operations teams
    • Sales and marketing teams
    • Procurement, finance and legal teams
    • Communications and public relations teams.

    Event prices

    ABTA Member/ABTA Partner rate* – £225 plus VAT 
    Non-Member rate – £345 plus VAT

    Group booking discounts
    Book three places and get 50% off the third place.
    Book five places and get the fifth place free.
    (This discount will be automatically applied when you book online).

    *To qualify for the ABTA Member/Partner discount you must have a current ABTA Member/Partner number or your application must be in progress when the event takes place.

    Non-members are welcome to attend ABTA Conferences and Events. For information about becoming a Member click here.

    View our booking terms and conditions here.

    Event sponsorship

    For details on how to promote your company via headline sponsorship, branding and exhibition, contact Matt Turton on 020 3693 0194 or mturton@abta.co.uk. 

    To view our commercial opportunities brochure click here.


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    Great to come together with colleagues from the industry and shape out work in sustainable development


    Branislav Mizenko