World Travel Market Vision-London line up to include retail guru Peter Williams


Peter Williams, former CEO of Selfridges, is one of the UK’s most successful retail leaders with more than 20 years of senior executive positions in the sector, including 13 years at Selfridges as CFO and CEO. Williams will participate in the World Travel Market (WTM) Vision-London line-up to be held May 25.

Now non-executive director at online fashion retailer, ASOS, Williams will lead the session, Consumer Retail Spending Trends in 2011, which will examine consumer spending patterns over the next 12 months.

Williams has also held senior management positions at EMI Group, JJB Sports, and Alpha Airports Group. He currently holds non-executives positions at a number of organizations including Cineworld and Siverstone Holdings.

He joins an industry-leading, line-up of speakers and content for the third WTM Vision–London conference, which takes place at the CBI’s Conference Centre on May 25.

The half-day conference starts with an overview of the global travel and tourism industry with Euromonitor International. Head of Travel and Tourism Research Caroline Bremner will reveal the organization’s latest report (worth £1,000), which will be given FREE to all delegates.

Williams will then look at consumer spending trends before the conference concludes with a panel debate on the UK domestic and outbound markets. Senior industry participates include:

• TUI Specialists Managing Director Clare Tobin
• Shearings Chief Executive Denis Wormwell
• Royal Caribbean International UK & Ireland Managing Director and Vice President Dominic Paul
• and Head of Marketing EMEA Matthew Walls

The event is moderated by ABTA Chairman and Advantage Chief Executive John McEwan.

World Travel Market Chairman Fiona Jeffery said: “I’m delighted Peter will be discussing consumer spending trends at WTM Vision–London. His experience in both high street and online retailing will be invaluable to senior industry delegates setting their business plans for the future.”

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 Centre, 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).

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