Westminster Business Forum

The future for the UK’s outbound tourism industry - supporting the sector’s growth, consumer protection and priorities for the aviation strategy

Morning, Thursday, 14th March 2019

Central London


Please note the date of this seminar has changed.

Delegates will discuss the future for UK’s outbound tourism industry, focusing on opportunities for growth, policy and regulation, and the impact for the industry of latest changes to consumer rights for outbound tourists. 

It will be an opportunity for key policymakers and industry stakeholders to consider what further action might be taken to address concerns around border control, airspace management, regional airport expansion and transport links to existing airports - as the Government prepares for the final publication of its aviation strategy in 2019.

With the Government’s announcement of a third runway at Heathrow Airport as its preferred choice, delegates will also discuss wider thinking on options for increasing international travel capacity throughout the UK, maintaining tourist flows to European markets and the impact of currency and other economic factors, as well as strategies for exploiting emerging global market opportunities.

Further sessions will consider the implications for the industry of the latest changes to the consumer protection framework for outbound tourism, as the CMA takes forward its consumer law investigation into hotel booking sites.

Attendees will also assess the potential impact of Brexit on visa free travel, travel insurance and mobile phone roaming charges, following the introduction of the European Package Travel Directive.


Keynote Speaker

Mark Tanzer

Chief Executive, ABTA