A climate expert and Government adviser is to speak at this year’s Elite Travel Conference.


University of East Anglia director of climatic research Professor Phil Jones already acts as a Government adviser on climate issues and will join the debate on green issues at the conference.


The conference will also hear about a new two-tiered structure of commission deals that aims to increase earnings across a range of products.


So far nearly 100 delegates have signed up for the conference, which starts October 12 in Jerez, Spain.


Elite general manager Nigel Ham said more than 70% of conference enquiries had come from potential new members of the consortium, previously known as Midconsort.


“It would appear there are a few unhappy and disillusioned people in other consortia at the moment, I’m confident many more travel agents will be joining us in Spain,” he said.


Annual membership is available to those attending the Jerez conference at a special rate of £490 and the conference fee is £230 per person.


Other speakers at this year’s conference include travel journalist Jeremy Skidmore, who will join the debate on green issues and financial protection. A representative from Amadeus will also lead a discussion on travel technology.


This month the redesigned front-end selling system Elite Desktop, which allows agents to book ATOL protected tailor-made holidays, goes live.