Delegates attending Abta’s Travel Convention will be encouraged to focus on future trends and customers during this year’s business sessions.

The conference, being held at the Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi on Yas Island on October 10-12, will have the theme of Time Travel.

Abta said that during the two days of sessions, delegates will look at future destinations and emerging markets, trends and predictions; future technologies; future businesses and global players and future political, economic and social issues.

Other topics will be explored within six workshop sessions.

Abta chief executive, Mark Tanzer, said: “We pride ourselves on providing the most forward-looking perspectives at our Travel Convention.

“It is the chance for our members and the wider industry to come together to understand what lies ahead and to shape the travel industry of tomorrow. So with that in mind, we are announcing the theme is Time Travel.

“Last year was a momentous year for travel and 2016 looks set to follow suit. As well as tumultuous global events, which are significantly changing booking patterns, this summer will bring the outcome of the EU Referendum.

“In times like these, how you seize the future is of paramount importance and our sessions will provide insight and practical tips as we explore the future of our industry.”

The association has also revealed its first guest speaker, Marc Priestley, who worked for the McLaren Formula One pit team for 10 years.

Registration for this year’s Travel Convention, of which Travel Weekly is trade media partner, is open at