Elman Wall Travel Directors’ Summit to open on 4 October


The Travel Director’s Summit will open at the Emirates Stadium next week. Sessions include:

Don’t Take Me Out’: Trading Legally in 2018, by Simon Bunce, director of legal affairs, ABTA and Simon Blanchard, senior associate, Opt-4

With changes to ATOL and Package Travel Regulations coming in 2018, travel businesses have significant potential changes to deal with, including the new General Data Protection Regulation.

‘Britain’s Got Talent’: Economic Update Post-Brexit, by Stephen Blackman, principal economist, strategy & corporate development, RBS

Blackman will cover the latest trends in the travel industry and how the country is coping in the lead up to Brexit.

‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire?’: Trade Sale v Private Equity, by Terry Williamson, former CEO, JacTravel

Williamson has just led the sale of JacTravel from Vitruvian Partners to Webjet for £200 million (on 2 Aug 2017). In March 2015, he led the acquisition of The TotalStay Group for JacTravel and in 2014 he oversaw the sale of JacTravel to Vitruvian Partners for  £80m, netting its former owner, Bowmark Capital, a return of five times its original investment.

‘The Only Way is Alexa’: Harnessing Voice Technology, by Ben Sauer, user experience strategist, Clearleft

Clearleft is a strategic design consultancy in Brighton: they help organisations like the BBC, Channel 4, Mozilla, Virgin, and Penguin Random House deliver digital products and services. Sauer specialises in research and product strategy for companies large and small across the world, including the BBC, Penguin Random House, Tata, and Tesco; he also mentors startups.

‘I’m a Tourist: Get Me Out of Here’: When Your Destination is Evacuated, by Chris Rowles, managing director, The Gambia Experience

What to do and not to do when the FCO advises the immediate evacuation of your destination. Chris Rowles gives a first-hand account of how he and his business coped with the evacuation of all their customers from The Gambia in January 2017.

‘The F Factor’: Overcoming Fear in Your Business, by Deri Llewellyn-Davies, business strategist & global adventurer

Understanding and unravelling fear for better leadership and life. Fear is implicit to bravery, a supposed essential trait for success in business and life, but what is it really and how can you use it your advantage?

Llewellyn-Davies has climbed five of the highest mountains in the world, run the infamous Marathon des Sables, completed the legendary Ironman and attempted to scale Everest.

‘Call the Experts’, by Elman Wall & Friends

Hear from senior directors from Elman Wall, Marketing Radar, C&M Recruitment, Cork Bays & Fisher, Moneycorp and more.

‘Zoo under the Hammer’: From Dartmoor to Hollywood, by Benjamin Mee, zoo owner & author

Inspiration for the Hollywood film ‘We Bought a Zoo’, hear the story of how Mee and his family fought against all odds to save Dartmoor Zoo & its animals – a charity & tourist attraction. Played by Matt Damon in the movie, Mee’s story is an emotive tale of resilience and leadership.

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