ITV’s McAndrew to be face of Abta’s Travel Convention

ITV News special correspondent Daisy McAndrew is to moderate this year’s Abta Travel Convention in Turkey.

The journalist and presenter has hosted previous Travel Matters conferences for the association.

She will front the event in Belek in October, which will have Allianz Global Assistance, Cosmos Holidays, First Data Merchant Solutions and Fred Olsen Cruise Lines as headline sponsors.

McAndrew said: “I am delighted that Abta has entrusted me with the role of moderator for this year’s business sessions.

“The Travel Convention has an incredible reputation for stimulating healthy debate about the issues that count in the travel industry, and for providing delegates with invaluable insight and foresight about the customer behaviours and developments that will impact the future of the sector.”

Allianz Global Assistance travel and health sales director Ben Smart said: “This year’s Travel Convention is set to be the best yet.  For the first time in the event’s history, delegates will gather in an all-inclusive resort for the ultimate in ease and convenience.

“With the stage set, opportunities that focus on innovation, the changing dynamics of customer expectations and what the future holds, will be explored and debated.”

Cosmos managing director Hugh Morgan said: “In these economically challenging times with an increasing number of issues facing our industry, it is even more important to come together to exchange and debate ideas and solutions.  The Abta convention is the perfect forum for this.”

Fred Olsen sales and marketing director Nathan Philpot said: “Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is delighted to be a headline sponsor of the Travel Convention – one of the most important events in the travel trade calendar – for the eighth year in a row.

“Building strong relationships and working closely with the travel trade continues to be of great importance to Fred Olsen Cruise Lines, and the Travel Convention is a great opportunity for us to meet our key agents and tour operators, updating them on the latest developments in our company.

“With over 90% of our cruises booked via the travel trade, agents’ feedback is invaluable in influencing and developing our future working relationships.”

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