TC 2010: News and pictures from the Travel Convention

ABTA Travel Convention logoThis year Abta’s Travel Convention is taking place in Malta, with speakers including BA chief Willie Walsh and former London mayor Ken Livingstone.

Bookmark this page for news from the two-day event, plus videos, photos, and stories from our 10 ‘agent reporters’ – frontline agents who’ll be giving us their perspective on speeches, seminars and social events.


Agents and operators






Marketing and technology

Masterclass sessions


In pictures

A selection of images from the Travel Convention 2010 gallery on travelhub. All photos by Steve Dunlop.

BA chief Willie Walsh addresses the Travel Convention 2010TWgroup chairman Clive Jacobs and Travel Republic managing director Kane Pirie speak at the Travel Convention 2010Mark Tanzer speaks at the Travel Convention 2010

Rock Insurance dinner at the Travel Convention 2010Football tournament at the Travel Convention 2010Diamond Reception at the Travel Convention 2010

Agent Reporters

Travel Weekly Agent Reporters

Pat Waterton, Langley Travel‘I was blown out of my comfort zone’
Pat Waterton, Langley Travel
Conor Magee, Pinnacle Travel‘Shame’ over the protection mess
Conor Magee, Pinnacle Travel
Phil Hindle, Hindle TravelTime to hire a digital native…
Phil Hindle, Thyme Travel
Sandy Ogier, Travelmaker GuernseySometimes an eticket isn’t enough
Sandy Ogier, Travelmaker Guernsey

Ian Warren, Go CruiseNew cruisers will accept etickets’
Ian Warren, Go Cruise
Sara Mason-Parker, Spires TravelDemand won’t die, says top economist
Sara Mason-Parker, Spires Travel

Neil Basnett, Tana TravelEntrepreneurs deliver food for thought
Neil Basnett, Tara Travel
Bryony Horden, Tickets AnywhereWill Heathrow be too small for a merged BA?
Bryony Horden, Tickets Anywhere

Agent Reporters are sponsored by Belleair Holidays, Air Malta, Malta Tourism Authority and Abta


Travel Convention preview stories

What’s on: main stage business sessions

Tuesday, October 19

10.00  Welcome by moderator Bill Turnbull
10.05-10.20  Time For Change – Mark Tanzer, Abta chief executive
10.20-11.00  Driving Change – Willie Walsh, British Airways chief executive
11.00-11.35  20/20 Vision – Douglas McWilliams, Centre for Economics and Business Research, chief executive
12.30-13.05  Do Different! Turnbull interviews Kane Pirie, Travel Republic managing director, and Clive Jacobs, TWgroup chairman
13.05-13.25 Tracking the Political Landscape – Lord Norman Fowler

Wednesday, October 20

10.10-10.50 Born digital – Josh Spear, Undercurrent founding partner
15.05-15.35 Corporate Karma – Leo Johnson, PricewaterhouseCoopers partner
15.35-16.05 Driving Change – Ken Livingstone, ex-mayor of London
16.35-17.10 Loose Talk – panel debate led by Chris Photi, White Hart Associates senior partner
17.10-17.20  Closing Remarks – John McEwan, Abta chairman

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