Take a look at the speakers who will be sharing advice and insight on the lucrative sector of touring and adventure in the travel industry.
Acting features editor, TTG Media
Acting features editor Abra has been writing for the travel trade for almost five years, and has written for titles including The Telegraph, MSN Lifestyle UK and Escapism. She covers destinations and business advice for TTG, and specialises in the US. She loves off-the-beaten track travel experiences and foodie trips, and has a particular passion for Italy.
On Abra’s bucket list
Taking in the marvels of South America – from Colombia’s beaches and coffee plantations to Ecuador’s mountains and Amazon rainforest.
Managing director, Fahy Travel Worldchoice
Maura has grown up with the family business in Galway. Helping out from the age of 12, it was always more of a hobby than a career. After covering a maternity leave while between jobs, she decided to stay on. Maura cycles to and from work every day and currently manages three offices – Fahy Travel, Cruise Worldwide and Corrib Travel – all located in Galway. An avid hill walker and former member of the Galway Mountain Rescue team, she has a passion for all things outdoors and specialising in adventure holidays is just an extension of this.
On Maura’s bucket List
The Annapurna base camp trek. Maura had her honeymoon booked to Nepal for October 2001 but had to cancel the trip after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and it's been on her list ever since.
Director of trade sales, Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours
Joseph has been immersed in the world of escorted touring for more than half of his 31-year career in travel, having held senior positions at Page & Moy, Travelsphere and Riviera Travel, and having just completed his first six months with Scenic UK. Joseph is a true fan of touring, going on his very first escorted tour holiday at the age of around 36 – when he was 30 years younger than anyone else! But he has observed touring increasingly attract a younger demographic and is passionate about opening agents’ eyes to the market opportunity.
On Joseph’s bucket list
A tour of South America, which must include both a tango lesson in Buenos Aires and a trek up Machu Picchu (albeit by coach!)
Group regional director EMEA, Intrepid Group
Aaron began his career in travel 12 years ago, and has since held a variety of industry sales roles working in Europe, North America and Australia, gaining extensive knowledge of global travel markets. Since joining The Intrepid Group in 2013, Aaron has quickly risen through the business, taking on a number of different roles including Inbound Sales Manager AU/NZ, Contracting and Supplier Relations Manager APAC and General Manager Global Sales for Intrepid Group’s operational division, PEAK DMC. Aaron was appointed to the role of Intrepid Group Regional Director in 2018.
On Aaron's bucket list
A trip to Antarctica, followed closely by seeing gorillas in Rwanda.
National sales manager, Mercury Holidays
Having started out as a salesman selling Asics sportswear to sports shops, Dave went on to become an overseas rep for youth brand Twenty’s, and was a manager in Ibiza and then in Zakynthos. After returning to the UK he worked for 10 years as specialist sales development manager with West Midlands Co-op (now Midcounties). He joined Mercury Holidays and covered the Midlands and South East on the road, before becoming national sales manager three years ago.
Group editor, TTG Media
Pippa has been with TTG Media for 13 years, having started on work experience – and never leaving! As group editor she oversees editorial content across all of TTG’s magazines, digital platforms and events, and has a special passion for adventure travel, wildlife and conservation, and responsible travel. She appears regularly on TV and radio talking about travel industry issues.
On Pippa’s bucket list
Seeing the wildlife of Antarctica, plus scuba diving the reefs and shipwrecks of Micronesia/Polynesia.
Tour manager, Travelsphere
Originally from East Yorkshire, Lynne moved to the bright lights of London aged 18. After working as a nurse and midwife, her career in travel began when she nursed on cruise ships in the Caribbean. She then suppressed the 'wanderlust' and worked in the UK pharmaceutical industry, initially in sales and marketing roles, then human resources, managing training and development and organising conferences for colleagues and customers.
Lynne's love of travel stayed with her and has been lucky enough to travel widely. Her favourite holiday was a safari in Africa! Lynne first went in 1992 and has loved going ever since. She loves her role as a TM, having decided to leave her 'proper job' in 2006 and start a new adventure. Lynne loves meeting people from all walks of life, listening to their stories and sharing new experiences with them on tour. Southern Africa tours are Lynne's favourite tours of all, especially in South Africa and Namibia.
Senior product manager, Great Rail Journeys
Sarah has more than 20 years’ experience in the travel industry, which began following a summer season as a campsite courier for Eurocamp. After working in sales for Tradewinds, she joined Cresta Holidays in operations, before moving into product for coach operator Shearings. Sarah joined Great Rail Journeys 10 years ago, being able to combine her love of escorted touring with a move back home to her beloved Yorkshire, where she can probably be found pouring over international rail timetables, planning new and exciting experiences for clients! Sarah has a huge passion for experiential travel, and believes that one of the greatest advantages to escorted tours are the opportunities it opens for customers.
On Sarah’s bucket-list
A visit to the Aeolian Islands off the coast of Sicily, more specifically to see the Stromboli volcano erupting at night
Managing director, Miles Morgan Travel
Having run a market stall from the age of 15-18, sales has always been in Miles's blood. From these beginnings he started a career in the travel industry rising from office junior to become sales and marketing director for the UK's largest holiday company.
He then turned his back on the corporate life to start his own business with the launch of Miles Morgan Travel in 2006. Since then, the business has flourished, expanding sales by over 300% and becoming the leading independent high street agency in the South West and Wales, with 15 shops and a turnover of £70 million. With a raft of awards in their trophy cabinet, Miles Morgan Travel was named the UK’s Top Touring & Adventure Agency in the TTG Top 50 Travel Agencies awards in 2018, and Miles himself was the recipient of TTG’s Outstanding Contribution to the Travel Industry trophy at the TTG Travel Awards in 2016.
Managing director, Digital Visitor
Anthony Rawlins is the founder and Managing Director of Digital Visitor and has over 15 years’ experience in crafting digital and media strategies. He has worked with businesses across the tourism industry, including UK and international DMOs, global travel companies and attractions. At Digital Visitor, Anthony is responsible for service innovation and works alongside the agency's biggest clients to shape their strategies and target hard-to-reach audiences.
Anthony speaks at major industry events across the world, sharing his insights and providing thought leadership content. His personal passion is communicating the UK ’s travel offering to the “easyJet generation”, many of whom have travelled the world but have never explored the UK.
The Travel Genius
Michelle’s career in travel started with Lunn Poly as an admin assistant 31 years ago, and she later became manager of the flagship branch at Birmingham New Street. After 14 years on the high street she became one of the industry’s very first homeworkers for Future Travel, then an overseas wedding specialist, and today she runs her own business, The Travel Genius, in association with Brilliant Travel. Michelle specialises in luxury bespoke holidays and honeymoons but also has a personal passion for travel and adventure that began when she joined a local running club. This gave her the confidence to enter (and win) a competition in TTG to trek Everest Base Camp, which she describes as “the toughest challenge of her life”. She’s since climbed to the summit of Mount Kinabalu in Borneo and run her first marathon.
On Michelle’s bucket list
Trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Head of group sales & partnerships, Wendy Wu Tours
Glen has worked in the world of travel for 30 years. Starting in reservations for a ski tour operator, he went on to work as a retail travel agent for Co-op Travel for a number of years. After a return to the ski industry he started his career in escorted touring back in 2009 with Page & Moy, Travelsphere and Just You, looking after the company's groups business. In May 2019, Glen accepted a new role with Wendy Wu Tours and will be working with all types of groups travelling to China, Japan, India, south-east Asia and South America.
On Glen’s bucket list
Having travelled to India on a couple of escorted tours and seeing the delights of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Kerala, Glen has fallen in love with India – and a Grand Tour of India is on the cards for a fast-approaching “special birthday”.