Together we are facing a truly unprecedented situation that is affecting all of society, all around the world.
But once many sectors will start operating again there is one that will take much longer than others to get back on its feet: Travel. And with it Hospitality, Tourism and Business Travel. Many are asking whether we will go back to travel again? The answer is YES. How? Come and discuss this with key industry players on Tuesday 19th May at 5 pm at the webinar on The Future of Travel organized by IoD’s Tourism and Hospitality Special Interest Group.
We will talk about upcoming challenges and what business leaders should be focusing on in the coming months. From implementing strategies that focus on the domestic market to how we can expect business travel and international travel to resume. From new norms, to new business models, to the future of aviation we will touch on key subjects to help us all get through this together.
The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
Post webinar networking
Do join us after the webinar for some online networking. We will be running breakout sessions , giving you the opportunity to make new connections and discuss your thoughts and ideas on the webinar.
Steve Ridgway - Chairman of the British Tourist Authority Board
Steve Ridgway became Chairman of VisitBritain in April 2017, having been a Board Member since 2013. He is also Chairman of Scandlines Ferries, and has Board advisory roles with Aim Aviation Ltd and GIP (Global Infrastructure Partners).
Steve began his career at Sir James Goldsmith's Cavenham Foods and later joined the TolemanGroup, as Business Development Manager. When the company bought Cougar Marine in 1981 he became General Manager based in Miami. On return to the UK he became the Project Head and Chief Pilot of the two 'Virgin Atlantic Challengers', the boat in which he and Richard Branson re-captured the famous Blue Riband record for the fastest crossing of the North Atlantic 1986. He remained close friends with Richard Branson and formally joined Virgin Atlantic in 1989 as Managing Director of Virgin Freeway. His career with Virgin progressed rapidly as the airline grew very fast, becoming Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic Airways in 1998 and Chief Executive from 2001-2013.
Tracy Halliwell MBE
Director of Tourism, Conventions and Major Events, at London & Partners, the capital’s global marketing organisation, focused on attracting discretionary business, cultural & sporting events to the capital; and working with city stakeholders and member organisations to develop and build London’s leisure and event tourism offering.
Over 20 years’ experience in senior sales and marketing positions in the hospitality industry, recipient of the Eventia Outstanding Achievement honour in 2013; 2015 was named one of the top 25 women in the meetings industry by US based M&C magazine; and regularly appeared in the Event 100 list of the most influential people in the industry Tracy was awarded an MBE for services to business tourism in 2014.
Clive Wratten - CEO Business Travel Association
Clive Wratten was appointed to the position of Chief Executive of The Business Travel Association on September 2nd, 2019. Clive joined The BTA from the private equity backed travel partnership company Amber Road, where he was Chief Executive Officer.
Before joining Amber Road, Clive was General Manager UK at Etihad Airways. Clive joined Etihad Airways from HRG, where he held the position, Head of International Business Group.
Before joining HRG, Clive was the UK General Manager for Gulf Air. Clive has also held senior positions with Qantas and British Airways. Clive has spent almost his entire career within the corporate travel sector, has a passion for the
value and professionalism the business travel supply chain delivers to industry and the economy. During his career Clive has seen the rise of travel wellbeing up the agenda and is a dedicated advocate of increasing the profile and importance of wellbeing in the sector. Whilst at Amber Road Clive launched a suite of wellbeing initiatives for its corporate customers, the first travel management company to do so. To support this passion for wellbeing Clive is an advisor to the Board at the BCNH UK College of Nutrition.
Clive has previously been an executive board member of the BTA, has served as a Director of the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK, a council member of IATA’s Airline Joint Passenger Committee for both the airline and travel management industries.
David is an experienced marketeer and event specialist. In a career spanning over 25 years he has been responsible for launching and establishing two market-leading magazines and several associated publications. He has created and managed numerous events including awards & ceremonies, conferences, golf days, parties, private dinners, family fun days and corporate team-building days.
David has worked with several partners in arranging high profile events at venues such as the Henley Royal Regatta, The Hurlingham Club, Twickenham, The Dorchester, Chelsea Football Club, Harlequins Rugby Club, Wentworth and Glorious Goodwood.
Just under a year ago he launched his own company, The Business Travel Network and also established the Business Traveller Wellbeing Conference.