Abta 18: Travel Weekly coverage

Travel Weekly is trade media partner of this week’s Travel Convention in Seville. Find our full coverage here

‘Urgent’ action required in crowded destinations
Abta Travel Convention hears calls for long-term tourism planning

‘Online conversion is lagging’ say industry chiefs
Phone and face-to-face booking rates higher, claim Saga and Shearings chiefs

Abta head urges destinations to act on numbers
‘Does industry know when to stop’, asks association chairman Noel Josephides

Industry leaders dismiss fears of no-deal Brexit
Agreement between the EU and the UK ‘in interests of both sides’

Trade fears flat peaks if no Brexit deal agreed
Clients are putting plans on hold, according to senior industry figures

The Travel Network Group to roll out voice analytics technology
Recordings are turned in to transcripts, allowing users to identify training requirements

Comment: Connect with customers
Abta Convention is a great opportunity to fire up your enthusiasm for our wonderful industry

Next year’s Travel Convention to be held in Tokyo
Destination announced on last day of Seville conference

High risk of organisation change highlighed
81% of projects fail and you could lose what you have if you get it wrong, says Jon Hazel of M&C Saatchi Transform

EasyJet holidays to work with agents
But offshoot will not become a major tour operator player, says chief executive

Blockchain will ‘eliminate third parties’
PhoCusWright founder urges ‘obsessive customer focus’


Abta chief demands ‘strong regulation’
Declares ‘reasons to be cheerful’ despite Brexit

Beware the ‘efficiency trap’ and ‘accountants running businesses’
‘Trust is where profits come from’, Abta Convention told

Midcounties boss hits out at tech suppliers [Travolution]
Poor quality of essential systems among biggest complaints from staff, says Alistair Rowland

Virtual reality holidays – the future of travel?
Technology ‘hollowing out millions of professional jobs’

Kuoni parent unveils direct-sell tailor-made brand
Meraki Travel lets users customise their own trip online

UK trade praised for action against fake sickness claims
Issue has tarnished reputation of British tourists, says UK ambassador to Spain

Take the lead in tackling mental health issues, travel firms told
Tackling mental health issues ‘can translate into improved productivity’


Business Breakfast debate highlights Brexit and climate change concerns
Wide list of issues discussed at Travel Weekly event on first day of the Abta Travel Convention

Video: Millennials ditch review sites and turn to travel agents
Abta reveals latest Holiday Habits report at annual convention

Consumers ‘confused’ over impact of Brexit on travel
Abta’s Holiday Habits report also finds cost fears

Special Report: What’s in store at The Travel Convention
Ian Taylor previews Abta’s diverse agenda. Travel Weekly is trade media partner

Comment: Truth and trust will be at heart of convention
This year’s Travel Convention comes at eventful juncture in history, says the association’s chief executive Mark Tanzer

Podcast: Mark Tanzer interview
Abta chief executive discusses themes of this year’s Travel Convention and answers questions from agents


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