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21 Dec 2017

BY Gary Noakes


Lord Adonis to address ITT’s Sicily conference

A key government figure and a former boss of a major hotel chain are among additional names confirmed for next year’s ITT overseas conference.

Lord Andrew Adonis

“Clearly Sicily is proving very popular for lots of reasons. It’s a good line-up and a new destination in the Mediterranean.”

Former transport minister Lord Andrew Adonis is the latest high-profile figure to join the line-up. Adonis is currently chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission and a member of the House of Lords. He is a major backer of Heathrow expansion and a proponent of the building of the HS2 high-speed rail link.

Also due to speak at the conference is Sir David Michels, chairman of hotel consultancy Michels & Taylor and a former chief executive of Hilton Group. ITT chairman Steven Freudmann said he was delighted to secure Michels for a second time. “He spoke at our conference in Barbados and was hugely well received,” he said.

Other additions include Gianni Onorato, chief executive of MSC Cruises, and John Bevan, chief executive of dnata Travel’s B2B division. Already confirmed as another key speaker is Tui UK and Ireland managing director Nick Longman.

Freudmann said he was also about to confirm at least three “heavyweight” speakers from the world of politics, who would be revealed in the New Year.

He added that the event in Sicily was proving exceptionally popular. He said a combination of the line-up revealed so far and the destination choice had seen bookings coming in “at a record rate”.

“We are approaching 200, which is well ahead of where we normally are,” he said. “Clearly Sicily is proving very popular for lots of reasons. It’s a good line-up and a new destination on the largest island in the Mediterranean.”

The event takes place at the Hilton Giardini Naxos from June 4-6 next year and has a delegate limit of 400. An early-booking discount of £100 expires at the end of this month. Delegates can take advantage of 10% off British Airways flights to Catania booked before May 1, 2018.

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