As travels spring conference gets fully underway this weekend with the Advantage conference on MSC Fantasia, closely followed by those from The Travel Network Group, and the ITT Conference in Tel Aviv, there will be many familiar themes on the agenda.
But a conference speaker that is truly out of this world (ho ho) will be stepping up at the Advantage conference, and Sophie Griffiths was fortunate enough to speak to him for this week's TTG.
Astronaut and space walker Chris Hadfield spent nearly six months on the International Space Station and his views on space travel have their feet firmly on the ground. Despite the setbacks that have befallen Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic enterprise, Hadfeild believes commercial space travel is now just around the corner. Trips to the moon are now what trips to Antarctica were 100 years ago - on their way to becoming reality.
Travel businesses have always looked for new frontiers and there is every reason to believe space travel will become more reachable in the years to come - and that a new opportunity will open up for agents too.
There will be many more opportunities on the conference agendas in the next few weeks - look out for the key points in TTG, on ttgmedia.com and on our social media channels.
Of course you would have to be living on the moon not to realise that the EU referendum will be the hottest topic this summer. TTG's own Brexit debate takes place today (April 14) and the fact that it has been difficult to find a speaker from the travel industry to speak up for the Leave campaign has proven interesting, underlining the importance of European cooperation and open-minded nature of so many who work in travel. It seems fairly obvious which way most people in the industry - which is after all about forging and building relationships across borders, not closing them off - will be voting in June.
Managing director, TTG