ABTA’s annual Convention has evolved with the industry and continues to develop each year to ensure its value and relevance for delegates.
The Travel Convention is the UK travel industry’s flagship event; providing inspiration to delegates through an outstanding programme of thought-provoking content, to challenge the way they think and approach their business. The Convention also provides time for delegates to network with peers and experts working with the industry, helping them to develop and maintain a successful travel business.
Having established its identity as the travel industry's forward-looking event, The Travel Convention provides the opportunity for ABTA’s Members, Partners and the wider industry to understand what lies ahead and to design the travel industry of tomorrow, rather than be shaped by it.
Through two days of plenary and breakout sessions, we’ll be exploring the future through this year's Convention theme, Time Travel.
2015 was a momentous year for travel and 2016 looks set to follow suit. As well as tumultuous global events, which are significantly changing booking patterns, the summer will bring the outcome of the EU Referendum. In times like these, understanding what lies ahead is of paramount importance and the Travel Convention business sessions will provide insight and practical tips for time travellers as we explore the future of our industry.
The business programme of every Travel Convention is developed around four key pillars: Our World, Our Industry, Your Business and Your Network.
what’s going on and what lies ahead?
the latest issues and trends affecting the industry
best business practice and innovations coming down the line
quality networking with fellow delegates
The Travel Convention is attended by senior people spanning the full breadth of the mainstream and specialist travel sector including: all forms of travel retailer, tour operators, cruise lines, hotels and airlines.
It is also attended by travel industry specialists, such as: accountants, lawyers and insurance providers; as well as those providing business knowledge and advice to the industry, from technology providers to marketing experts.
The Travel Convention attracts around 30 travel journalists from the UK national, consumer and travel trade press – more than any other UK travel industry conference held overseas.
Numbers for this year’s Convention are capped at 500, providing delegates with an ideal event and networking experience.
The Travel Convention takes place over three days. This year’s event includes: two days of plenary and specialist business sessions; two lunches; two evening parties; three late night bars and complimentary entry to Yas Island's major theme parks – Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld.
It also includes optional activities including: a football match; golf tournament; Abu Dhabi tour and visit to Abu Dhabi's new Cruise Port.
This year’s Travel Convention will take place on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi.
An emerging entertainment destination within 30 minutes drive of the UAE's capital, Yas Island is home to the state-of-the-art Yas Marina Circuit – host to the annual F1™ Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Other attractions include: Yas Marina; Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld, Yas Links Abu Dhabi, Yas Beach, as well as Yas Mall – the UAE's second largest shopping centre.
The iconic five star Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi will provide delegate accommodation, with the business sessions taking place in the hotel's conference centre.
Abu Dhabi’s diversity of experiences, landscapes and deep-rooted heritage combine to create a compelling visitor experience, which has established the destination as a world-leader in state-of-the-art leisure, business and sporting facilities.
This year’s event will be the first time The Travel Convention has taken place in the Middle East.