Travel Matters – London
    27 Jun 2018


    One Great George Street


    1 Great George St, Westminster, London SW1P 3AE


    09:00 - 14:00

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    Travel Matters – London

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    Addressing the policy matters and current issues affecting travel.

    Now in its ninth year, Travel Matters is the travel and tourism industry’s flagship event for discussion on policy matters and issues facing the travel sector. The event brings together an invited audience of the industry’s most senior figures, travel and transport media as well as leading political stakeholders.

    Taking place on the morning of Wednesday 27 June 2018, we are pleased to announce a prestigious new venue for the event – One Great George Street in Westminster, London.

    This year’s event will take a look at what is On the Horizon for travel.

    We are at a critical juncture when decisions by political leaders will have a profound effect on the future of the country and the industry. We will explore themes of trust and confidence – in our system of financial protection and regulation; in what transport infrastructure looks like beyond Brexit and, at a fundamental level, in the people who are keeping us informed – the political decision-makers and new and old media.  The event will include time to network, and a light lunch.

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    The conference has an impressive speaker line-up of politicians, top travel industry figures and media commentators.

    Speakers include:

    • Baroness Sugg, Transport Minister for Aviation, International and Security
    • Richard Moriarty, Chief Executive, CAA
    • The Right Honourable Baroness Stowell of Beeston MBE
    • Surinder Arora, Founder and Chairman, The Arora Group
    • Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive, ABTA
    • Martin Alcock, Director, Travel Trade Consultancy
    • Lucy Thomas, Director & Head of Brexit Advice, Edelman
    • Akira Nakamura, Senior Vice President, EMEA & General Manager London, All Nippon Airways
    • Ayesha Hazarika, Former Political Adviser, Evening Standard Columnist and Broadcaster
    • Paul Carter, CEO, Hotelplan UK
    • Giles Hawke, CEO, Cosmos
    • Lisa McAuley, Managing Director, B2B Tour Operations, dnata Travel Europe
    • Danny Rogers, Editor-in-chief, PRWeek UK
    • Moderator – Alan Wardle, Director of Public Affairs, ABTA


    The full list of speakers will be announced shortly.

    Event prices

    ABTA Member / ABTA Partner rate* - £150 plus VAT 
    Non-Member rate - £225 plus VAT

    *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.

    You can view our booking terms and conditions here.

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    For more than 12 years, we’ve been helping travel businesses. Helping with ATOL, ABTA and IATA regulatory and bonding issues. Helping with financial, back office and supplier payment services and helping create business plans, raise money, and find investors. 

    At The Travel Trade Consultancy we offer friendly, concise, practical advice to help you manage your business through changes that affect your business. We also offer a compliance management service that means you’ll never have to think about it again.


    ANA - All Nippon Airways is the largest airline in Japan and one of only ten airlines to have been awarded the 5-star rating from Skytrax. ANA was named ‘Best Business Airline of the Year’ at Business Travel Awards 2018. Operating daily from London Heathrow to Haneda, Tokyo’s most central airport, ANA flies on 85 international routes and 116 domestic routes. ANA has been a member of Star Alliance since 1999 and has joint-ventures with Lufthansa and Swiss International Airlines on Japan-Europe routes and with United Airlines on trans-Pacific and Asia routes.

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