Can the summer season be saved? That’s the question TTG will be asking delegates at its next virtual seminar on Thursday 4 June.
With travel agencies in England officially allowed to start reopening their doors from June 15, there will be many hoping this marks the start of their business recovery. But with so many agents continuing to facing staffing challenges and limited cash flow, business as usual still seems a long way off.
This latest TTG seminar, taking place from 2-5pm on Thursday, will evaluate the UK holiday market, how easy it will be for high street agents to open their doors on June 15 and whether it’s still possible to save the all-important summer booking season.
The afternoon will begin with a presentation by Martin Alcock, director of the Travel Trade Consultancy analysing the new travel landscape, whether the next few months are likely to yield any bookings and how the crisis could redefine the travel industry as we know it.
This will be followed by a session focused on quarantine, and how devastating the new measures are for the travel industry, with a panel featuring Karen Dee, chief executive of the Airport Operators Association, Colin Stewart, country director, UK and Ireland, Air Europa and chair of Latin America Travel Association and Luke Petherbridge, Abta’s head of public affairs.
After a short break, the seminar will return with an interview and live Q&A with John and Irene Hays, owners of the largest independent travel agency chain in the UK.
The afternoon will then will conclude with a panel of industry leaders, including Kirsten Hughes, UK managing director and chief commercial officer at Travel Counsellors, Julia Lo Bue Said, chief executive of the Advantage Travel Partnership and Steven Freudmann, chair of the Institute of Travel and Tourism, exploring: “What now for the UK travel industry?”.
The seminar will be free to attend, however TTG Media is asking delegates to consider making a donation to attend, to help us as a business to continue providing online seminar content such as this.
We’ll donate 20% of all contributions to NHS Charities Together, to support staff and volunteers working so hard to care for Covid-19 patients during these challenging times. If you wish to make a contribution visit www.ttgmedia.com/contribution
Zoom update: Please ensure you download and test the latest version of Zoom before the seminar, otherwise you will not be able to join us online.