Abta 2019: Full coverage from The Travel Convention

Travel Weekly is The Travel Convention’s trade media partner once again this year. Read our coverage of this year’s event in Tokyo:


Marrakech announced as location for 2020 convention
Event to take place between October 5-7 at Palmeraie Resorts

Japan tourist board to focus on wellness, ski and cruise
JNTO seeks to capitalise on tourism growth following Rugby World Cup

Leading agency chains line up to take over Thomas Cook leases
But frustration remains over length of time bid process is taking

Industry must act on sustainability or be seen as ‘dirty’
Sector risks ‘scepticism’ from customers

‘Suppliers must have access to agents’ customer data’
dnata chief says Atol certificate is ‘a joke’

Two thirds of Freedom/Future agents accredited
More than 100 members join Abta

EasyJet Holidays primed for December launch
TV marketing campaign will promote ‘flexibility


Travelopia chief plans turnaround of ‘orphan asset’
Specialist holidays division lacked ‘commercial acumen’

FCO halted Thomas Cook evictions in Cuba
UK ambassador ‘had to intervene’

Government made right choice over Thomas Cook, says Abta chief
£200 million lifeline ‘would not have lasted long enough’

Call for stricter payment rules after Thomas Cook collapse
Travel businesses ‘living off customers’ cash’

Industry must ‘encourage customers to fly less’ to slow global warming
One out of every four flights needs to go, Travel Convention told

‘Grinding uncertainty’ of Brexit to continue
Industry warned of new delay and no resolution

Tui pledges £25k to Abta LifeLine’s Thomas Cook appeal
Charity aims to raise £100,000 to support ex-Cook staff

Industry must share responsibility for tackling climate change
Global warming ‘putting the planet on steroids’

Travel firms told to ‘take a stand and own it’
Brands that do not take a stance ‘risk becoming irrelevant’

‘Anxiety about travel’ won’t deter travellers from visiting Japan
Broadcaster Marcel Theroux says clients will ‘break open the piggybank’ to visit country

Thomas Cook ‘a failure of corporate finance’
Association chief demands ministers act on insolvency review

‘Dysfunctional’ Thomas Cook ‘needed to go’
‘Mismanaged companies should go’ says ATD chief

Younger generations increasingly seeking help from agents, report finds
Millennials and Gen Z believe booking via agent leads to better holiday

Families fueling growth in number of holidays taken by Brits
The number of people holidaying ‘the highest since 2011’

Travel firms told to ‘stand out’ by creating audio identities
Sector should follow M&S, Compare The Market and Netflix


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