A collection of financial experts and senior travel executives will debate the impact the worldwide financial downturn will have on the industry in 2010 in the rebranded WTM Vision – The Global Economic Forum.

Industry opinion on the best business strategies to prosper next year comes from a list of who’s who in travel and tourism comprising of British Airways Chief Executive Willie Walsh, TUI Travel Chief Executive Peter Long, Carnival UK Chief Executive David Dingle, United Nations World Tourism Organization Secretary-General Taleb Rifai, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line Vice President and Managing Director Robin Shaw, P&O Cruises Managing Director Carol Marlow, Visit Britain Chief Executive Sandie Dawe, and Mexican Tourism Board Director Manuel Diaz-Cebrian, Intercontinental Hotels Group Chief Executive Andrew Cosslett, and Taj Managing Director & CEO Raymond Bickson.

The panel of economic experts debating the business strategies suggested by the industry leaders is chaired by former BBC journalist and economics expert Peter Hobday.

The panel includes Nic Marks, who is founder of well-being centre nef (the new economics foundation). Marks uses an innovative Happy Planet Index to analyse economic data. He will demonstrate HPI on Euromonitor International’s latest Forecast Restatement Report, which will be unveiled at the conference.

The report looks at the impact the global financial downturn has had on growth in the travel and tourism industry.

Cox & Kings Executive Director Peter Kerkar and aviation expert John Strickland are also on the panel.

The Global Economic Forum has been rebranded to WTM Vision – The Global Economic Forum following the successful inaugural WTM Vision Conference in London this summer.

WTM Exhibition Director Craig Moyes said: “The impressive line up of industry and economic experts will give delegates some fresh thinking and innovative business ideas for 2010 and beyond.

“Experts agree travel and tourism will be on the rise again next year, just as it has in previous eras. It will not be straight forward but those companies that have survived the downturn are robust and flexible so should be in a good position to capitalise on a more promising future.”

The WTM Vision – The Global Economic Forum takes place at ExCeL- London on Thursday November 12 (Platinum Suite 4 11am – 1pm) Registration fees, including VAT, are: £70 (before September 18); £95 (before November 6); £115 (on the door).


All delegates receive a free DVD of the industry expert’s opinions and business strategies for the future.

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