Transport minister and new BA chief to speak at Abta’s Travel Matters

Abta has announced new BA chief executive Keith Williams and transport secretary Philip Hammond will be the headline speakers at this year’s one day Travel Matters conference in London.

The event will be hosted by the economics editor of ITV News Daisy McAndrew and will include discussions and debates on key issues and trends affecting the travel industry.

Also  confirmed to speak are Johan Lundgren, managing director of TUI UK & Ireland; Andrew Waller, executive vice president of UK & Ireland, Carlson Wagonlit; Louise Ellman, chair of the Transport Select Committee; Mark Tanzer, Abta chief executive, and Luke Pollard, ABTA head of public affairs.

The event will take place on Tuesday April 5 at the Millbank Media Centre, Westminster, the venue that hosted the inaugural Travel Matters last year. 

Tanzer said: “ABTA has been carrying the industry’s case to government on a number of important policy issues but there is still much to be discussed. We need to ensure that there is a long term strategy for aviation and airport capacity and that financial protection is reformed effectively.

“And of course we need to understand how travel and tourism will be impacted by the March Budget. I very much look forward to hearing the views and discussing these issues with this year’s speakers.”

Invited delegates will have the option to register a colleague on a first come, first served basis for a nominal charge of £45. For further information go to the official Travel Matters website.

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