ABTA Chairman to moderate WTM Vision Conference in London


World Travel Market, the leading global event in the travel industry, is delighted to announce ABTA Chairman John McEwan will moderate WTM Vision Conference – London on May 25.

McEwan, who is also Chief Executive of the UK’s largest travel agency consortium, Advantage, has had a long and distinguished career of more than 40 years in the travel industry. He spent more than 30 years at Thomas Cook, as well as holding the positions of Lunn Poly Managing Director and TUI UK Retail Director.

He will moderate the third WTM Vision Conference – London, taking place on May 25 at the CBI’s Conference Centres, which offers high-caliber speakers, content, and research to give analysis, statistical assessment, and interpretations to the industry’s senior leaders.

The half-day event starts with an overview of the global industry with Euromonitor International Head of Travel & Tourism Research Caroline Bremner profiling the organization’s latest research. The report (worth £1,000) will be given free to all delegates.

A session on consumer spending trends follows before McEwan, who became ABTA Chairman in 2009, will chair a comprehensive review of the UK outbound and domestic market with some of the industry’s biggest hitters, including:

– NEW: Expedia.co.uk and hotels.com Head of Marketing EMEA Matthew Walls,
– TUI Specialists Managing Director Clare Tobin,
– Shearings Chief Executive Denis Wormwell, and
– Royal Caribbean International UK & Ireland Managing Director and Vice President Dominic Paul.

World Travel Market Chairman Fiona Jeffery said: “I am delighted John is to moderate WTM Vision Conference – London. He is incredibly well regarded in the industry and his in-depth knowledge of travel and tourism means he will get the answers the senior industry delegates need so to successfully run their travel businesses.

“Furthermore, Matthew offers a truly online perspective to the UK outbound and domestic panel debate complementing the other speakers and perfectly completing the panel.”

The third annual WTM Vision Conference – London, in association with Kingley Event Management, takes places between 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on May 25 at the CBI Conference Centres, London.

Early Bird delegate fees are £95+VAT (increasing to £120+VAT from April 9) and includes a free Euromonitor International report on the travel industry (worth £1,000).

Furthermore, the WTM Vision brand has expanded in 2011 into Europe and the Middle East with events in Milan (April 14) and Dubai (May 3).

For more information on the three WTM Vision Conferences visit; www.wtmlonodon.com/vision .