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    3 Jul 2018


    Grant Thornton


    Grant Thornton, 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG

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    Future Talent in the Travel Industry – London

    Event details

    ABTA’s practical one-day event focuses on the crucial issue of attracting, nurturing and retaining future talent in the travel industry.

    Universities, colleges, apprenticeship providers and employers from the travel industry will come together to look at ways to ensure the right training and workforce structures are in place.

    Formerly ABTA’s Education Partners event, it has been updated, in response to your feedback, to reflect the importance of bringing together educational bodies and the wider travel industry.

    The tourism and travel industry already plays a major role in Britain’s economy. Predicted to reach a value of over £257billion by 2025*, it continues to grow rapidly with no sign of slowing. The industry is also changing, disrupted by new technologies and market behaviours. It is crucial that the industry continues to develop resources and invest in people with the right skills to meet these new challenges.

    Use the day to discuss employability and career opportunities going forward, compare expectations from both industry employers and graduates. Gain an overview of the main issues facing the travel industry now and in the future.


    • The latest travel trends and the impact on the workforce, training and education
    • A crucial update on graduate schemes, internships, placements and apprenticeships
    • How to make progress in key areas such as diversity, retention and upskilling
    • Employer perspectives on talent, desirable qualifications and qualities
    • How industry leaders plan to meet the demand for future resources to support growth and change
    • The role internships and placements play in career development
    • First-hand experiences from graduates, students and interns


    Moderator: Vicki Wolf, Education Partnerships Manager, ABTA 

    Additional speakers will be announced shortly.

    Benefits of attending

    • To network and connect with education and industry representatives
    • To gain first-hand insight into employability in the travel industry
    • To hear from leading travel industry experts on what they are looking for from future candidates
    • To gain top tips on what graduates and future employees are looking for from prospective companies
    • To take away methods and strategies to implement in your organisations

    Who should attend?

    This event is designed to bring together ABTA’s Education Partners, including Higher and Further Education institutions and employers from the travel industry, including: 

    • Course leaders, lecturers and career services
    • HR, workforce and training teams
    • Directors and senior managers

    Event prices

    ABTA Member/ABTA Partner* rate – £229 plus VAT 

    Non-Member rate – £349 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.

    View our booking terms and conditions here.

    Event sponsorship

    Event partner

    Grant Thornton in the UK is part of a global organisation and is a leading business advisor to more than 40,000 clients. We sit at the heart of the growth agenda with a bold purpose to shape a vibrant economy by building trust and integrity in markets, unlocking growth in dynamic organisations, and creating environments where businesses and people thrive. Grant Thornton is committed to working with the leisure, travel and tourism sector to ensure its future productivity, growth and sustainable long term future.

    Media partner 

    Celebrating four years as an independent business in 2017, TTG Media is the most trusted and authoritative travel trade media company in the UK & Ireland, continuing to build on an innovative portfolio of events, website ttgmedia.com and magazines including TTG, ttgluxury and Routes News.

    Highlights in 2017 include the second TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies programme, which culminated in a ceremony in Birmingham in March, the first ever TTG Travel Pride event, following the TTG LGBT conference in London on July 3rd, and the growing series of events in luxury travel, including the new Luxury Travel Week. The Lyceum Theatre in London’s West End once again became the setting for the TTG Travel Awards in September. The company has forged a strong reputation for helping to develop the best young people in the travel industry through its 30 Under 30 scheme, now entering its sixth year, its mentoring scheme and its TTG Tomorrow’s Travel Leaders conference – which this year took place at World Travel Market London for the first time.

    ttgmedia.com continues to be the home for many of the breaking news stories of the travel industry, while the business remains underpinned by the weekly TTG, 64 years after the publication of the first edition of the Travel Trade Gazette


    Grant Thornton, 30 Finsbury Square, London, EC2A 1AG

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    This event was a great opportunity to bring academic institutions and industry together to consider employability for graduates.

    Plymouth University

    Jennifer Phillips