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Industry leaders confirmed for Travel Weekly Sustainability Summit

More leaders from the travel industry and related fields have been confirmed for Travel Weekly’s first Sustainability Summit, which will take place in central London on November 24.

The half-day conference will be hosted by Deloitte and will be supported by headline sponsor Google, destination partner Spain and sponsors the Gibraltar Tourism Board and Iberostar.

Panels of experts will discuss the outlook for the industry and how it can improve its sustainable credentials following the conclusion of the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Steve Heapy, chief executive, Jet2
  • Virginia Messina, SVP advocacy and communications, WTTC
  • James Thornton, chief executive, Intrepid Group
  • Jane Ashton, sustainability director, easyJet
  • Emily Cromwell, sustainability director, Deloitte
  • Ukko Metsola, director general, Clia Europe
  • Manuel Butler, UK director, Spanish Tourist Office
  • Finnbar Cornwall, travel industry lead, Google
  • Sebnem Erzan, head of travel sustainability, Google
  • Holly Boyd-Boland, VP of corporate development and chief of staff, Virgin Atlantic
  • Giles Hawke, chief executive, Cosmos & Avalon Waterways
  • Julia Lo Bue-Said, chief executive, Advantage Travel Partnership
  • Ufi Ibrahim, chief executive, Energy & Environment Alliance
  • Rebecca Armstrong, destinations programme officer, The Travel Foundation
  • Susan Deer, industry relations director, Abta
  • Xavier Font, professor of sustainability marketing, Surrey University
  • Matt Finch, UK policy manager, Transport & Environment
  • Alistair Pritchard, lead partner travel & aviation, Deloitte

Lucy Huxley, editor-in-chief of Travel Weekly Group, said: “The topic of sustainability is the most crucial issue facing the travel and tourism sectors as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The importance of the subject has led to the creation of our first half-day summit, and I am incredibly grateful to our speakers and sponsors for supporting us as we assess the outlook for our sector and how it can survive and thrive in the future.

  • Attendance at the Travel Weekly Sustainability Summit is by invitation-only and places are restricted. However, if you would like to attend should additional places become available, please register your interest using the form below.

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