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Grant Shapps to speak at Travel Convention

Transport secretary will speak at digital event in October

Grant Shapps, the secretary of state for transport, will be speaking at this year’s Travel Convention, which this year will be a one-day virtual event on October 14.

Shapps has been leading government policy on travel corridors and quarantine. He will be speaking about the government’s vision for the future of travel in the wake of Covid-19. He will also be talking about EU travel legislation as the UK approaches the end of the transition period.

Further speakers who have also come on board for this year’s event include:

  • Chris Sainty, British Ambassador to Portugal
  • Jennifer Anderson, Consular Director, Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office
  • Julie Murphy, Chair, Star Alliance UK & Ireland and Sales Manager, UK and Ireland, ANA
  • Melanie Eusebe, Founder, Black British Business Awards
  • Sally Cope, Regional General Manager, UK/Northern Europe, Tourism Australia
  • Simon Calder, Travel Journalist and Broadcaster  

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said: “I’m pleased that, at such a critical time for the travel industry, The Travel Convention is able to bring together leading authorities who can share insights into some of the most pressing issues facing the sector.

“It feels more important than ever for us to come together to reflect on events and learnings from the past year and discuss how we can all rebuild for this next chapter.

“This will be ABTA’s first virtual Convention, and I look forward to welcoming our delegates in October for what I’m confident will be an engaging and productive day.”

Delegates are encouraged to book their place for the Travel Convention by October 9, 2020 at www.thetravelconvention.com, where they will also find the full speaker line up. Fees for ABTA Members and Partners are £125 while non-Member fees are £249.

Sam Ballard is a director and co-founder of Waterfront Publishing, creator of ABTA Magazine, Cruise Adviser, Solus and more.