Abta held its annual Travel Matters conference in London yesterday giving the travel industry the chance to hear from high profile speakers from the sector and from politics.

Travel Weekly’s Ian Taylor was there to hear the debates about the future of the high street, the value of the aviation industry to the UK and the need for airport expansion, particularly in the southeast.

Government and some of its leading ministers, including transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin who addressed delegates, came in for critcism, Abta chief executive Mart Tanzer branding  progress and some issues as ‘galacial’.

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