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, 13th December 2018

Central London


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.


Guest of Honour

Cecilia Parker Aranha

Project Director, Competition and Markets Authority

Guest of Honour

Cecilia Parker Aranha

Project Director, Competition and Markets Authority

Keynote Speakers

Mark Tanzer

Chief Executive, ABTA

Jean-Philippe Monod de Froideville

Vice President, Government & Corporate Affairs, Expedia


Luke Pollard MP

Member, House of Commons Transport Select Committee


James Walker

Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Resolver

Joanna Kolatsis

Partner and Head of Aviation & Travel, Hill Dickinson