New Speakers include Manuel Butler and Julia Simpson
ABTA has unveiled the latest line-up of “esteemed” expert speakers for this year’s hybrid Travel Convention on Wednesday October 13.
Newly confirmed speakers include Manuel Butler, director of the Spanish Tourist Office in the UK, who will discuss how destinations can rebuild following the impact of the pandemic, and how Spain is leading the way in adapting to changing consumer behaviour.
Also announced as a speaker today is Julia Simpson, who took up her new role as president and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council last month. Simpson will address delegates on the importance of strong leadership as the travel and tourism sectors emerge from the Covid-19 crisis.
MD of Intrepid Travel, Zina Bencheikh, and vice president EMEA at Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ben Bouldin, will join a panel discussion exploring how the industry can place sustainability at the heart of its recovery.
These four new speakers add to a list of travel industry big hitters and senior figures from the wider business world, including:
- Zina Bencheikh, managing director, Intrepid Travel
- Ben Bouldin, vice president EMEA at Royal Caribbean Cruises and Chair, CLIA UK & Ireland
- Manuel Butler, director, Spanish Tourist Office
- Richard Carret, vice president Alliance development & communications, Star Alliance
- Graham Hales, brand and marketing expert
- Suzanne Horner, chair of the Business Travel Association and CEO, Grey Dawes Travel
- Ailsa Pollard, CEO, dnata Travel Group (UK & Europe)
- Tom Johnson, managing director, Trajectory
- Alistair Rowland, ABTA chair and CEO, Blue Bay Travel
- Julia Simpson, president and CEO, World Travel & Tourism Council
- Andrew Swaffield, CCO for the Virgin Group & CEO for Virgin Red
- Mark Tanzer, chief executive, ABTA
- Mohsin Zaidi, author of A Dutiful Boy
- Moderator: Chris Ship, royal editor, ITV News
The conference’s theme is Leading the Way – envisaging and inspiring in extraordinary times.
Topics on the agenda in this year’s keynote speeches, business sessions and panel discussions include how innovations in the world of travel are set to shape the industry, what the future holds for business travel, and how we can adopt new ways of working to build better and fairer organisations.
This year’s Travel Convention is offering delegates the option to attend either in-person at East Wintergarden in London’s Canary Wharf or online via a customised digital platform.
Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said: “As the travel industry’s flagship event, the Travel Convention always brings together an esteemed list of speakers to debate the most pressing issues facing the travel sector – and this year’s event is no exception.