Travel Weekly is offering readers the chance to pose questions on the future of the travel trade to a panel of experts at this year’s World Travel Market.

The Future of the Travel Trade – Boom or Bust? question time is being hosted in association with the Guild of Travel and Tourism on Wednesday November 14 at WTM. The debate will be chaired by Travel Weekly editor Sarah Longbottom.

World Travel Market 2007 logoTravel Weekly readers are being offered an early booking discount rate of just £10 to attend.

In addition we want to know what issues concern you by posting questions for the panel in advance. They can be on anything that could affect your day-to-day job in the future or concerns about the long-term fate of high-street travel agents in an evolving marketplace.

Do you want to know more about the future of dynamic packaging and what advances in technology are planned to make it easier for travel agents to put holidays together?

Or are you more interested in the fate of tour operators and whether they can retain their share of the current market?

Your concerns could be related to longer-term issues on the environment: will consumers’ green conscience have a negative impact on your holiday sales, or can you turn it to your advantage by developing green marketing tactics?

Then there’s the confusing array of red-tape faced by the trade on almost a daily basis. What’s the definition of a package? What do I need to do now that the ATOL system is to be replaced by an ATOL protection charge?

These are the type of questions the panel hopes to answer at the special WTM question time.

To submit a question e-mail with Travel Weekly Question Time in the subject line.

Booking is essential to secure your place. Register at to gain free access to ExCeL. You can book your place at the seminar at

The question time debate will be held at 2.50pm-5pm in the North Gallery 6/7, Level 2, on Wednesday November 14, at ExCeL, London.


Future of Travel: the panel

  • Richard Cope, senior travel analyst, Mintel Marketing Intelligence

  • John Harding, sales and marketing director,

  • Tim Jeans, managing director, Monarch Airlines

  • Noel Josephides, managing director, Sunvil Holidays

  • David Speakman, chief executive, Travel Counsellors

  • James van Thiel, senior industry manager travel, Google