Google travel chiefs join Travel Weekly Future of Travel speaking line-up

Google travel chiefs join Travel Weekly Future of Travel speaking line-up

Event is free to attend and will take place in London on September 15

More industry leaders have been confirmed for Travel Weekly’s Future of Travel Conference, which is due to take place in person in partnership with Google on September 15.

The newly-announced speakers will join a stellar line-up which already includes the leaders of the UK’s three largest tour operators: Tui northern region managing director Andrew Flintham, Jet2 chief executive Steve Heapy and easyJet holidays chief executive Garry Wilson.

Additional confirmed speakers for the central London event include Nick Stace, chief executive, Saga Travel; Kirsten Hughes, managing director, Travel Counsellors; Gemma Antrobus, owner, Haslemere Travel and chair, Aito Agents; Juha Jarvinen, chief commercial officer, Virgin Atlantic; Joanna Kolatsis, director, Themis Advisory; Finnbar Cornwall, travel industry leader, Google; and Meg Elzea, industry manager, global travel, Google.

More industry leaders are due to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Future of Travel Conference will return as an in-person event following two highly-successful virtual events held during the Covid pandemic and featuring some of the biggest names in travel.

The event will continue a long-standing partnership with Google, and will be supported by premium sponsors Begbies Traynor, Deloitte, Essiell, Mail Metro Media and Paysafe, and sponsor Themis Advisory.

In addition to a series of panel discussions, interviews and presentations, the conference will also feature exclusive consumer insight from Google and Deloitte.

Lucy Huxley, editor-in-chief of Travel Weekly Group, said: “The Travel Weekly Future of Travel series had rapidly become established as a must-attend fixture in the industry calendar before the onset of the Covid pandemic, and we were delighted to be able to continue to deliver the same insight in a virtual format over the past 18 months.

“With restrictions now easing and the industry finally beginning to reopen, it is a fantastic statement to return to an in-person event with the ongoing support of Google and a range of market-leading speakers and sponsors.”

She added: “We look forward to continuing to inform, support and connect the industry’s leaders as they chart the sector’s roadmap to recovery.”

  • Attendance at the conference is by invitation-only and will be in accordance with all current health and safety guidance. Those who would like to register their interest in attending should additional spaces become available can do so here.