The Travel Convention – organised by ABTA – is the largest gathering of the UK travel industry outside the UK and will take place in Barcelona next week between 6-8 October.

Debating the hottest topics facing the industry today and the biggest challenges over the coming decade, nearly 1,000 delegates with representatives from all corners of the industry including travel agents, tour operators, airlines, tourist boards, hotel groups, cruise lines and attractions will come together at the International Convention Centre in Barcelona.

]Under the banner of ‘Opportunities in a Different World,’ speakers will also provide insights into the economy and business practices to help delegates grow their businesses.

ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer will start by outlining the immediate and pressing issues including how consumer financial protection works in the modern world of DIY holidays, and the proposals ABTA has tabled to help overhaul the current system to make it clearer and more comprehensive.

The Convention will also examine what the industry can do to ensure its success in the future by making sure that its impact on destinations is more beneficial to the environment and local people.

Speakers during the week include TUI chief executive Peter Long, Carnival Corporation chairman and chief executive officer Micky Arison, senior partners from PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Lord Lamont and Andrew Pierce from the Telegraph.

This year the Travel Convention has provided two new business programmes to run alongside the mainstream sessions - the Luxury Forum, and to reflect the importance of the cruise industry to Barcelona – the Cruise Forum, which include three ship visits and dedicated business sessions for agents specialising in the sector.

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