It’s been a week since the start of the ABTA Convention in Tokyo and the majority of delegates are now back at their desks. It was the first ever ABTA Convention held in Asia and was, in TravelMole’s opinion, one of the best so far. It was certainly one of the most memorable, shaped by the collapse of Thomas Cook, the coinciding World Cup Rugby, and Typhoon Hagibis.
Delegates enjoyed fabulous food, entertainment, and had time to explore the delights of Tokyo. Many took the opportunity to see more of Japan, joining tours put together by the Japan National Tourist Office.
The business sessions, under the theme ‘Brave New World’, were memorable too, dominated by debate about Thomas Cook, Brexit, and climate change. There was some compelling stuff from the speakers, at times leaving ABTA delegates stunned into silence, but there was also some light-relief and laughter too. From hard-hitting facts to things that made us chuckle, here are some of the comments which have stuck in TravelMole’s mind, followed by a round-up of our Convention coverage.
Brexit is a blip compared to climate change Dr Gabriella Walker, writer and broadcaster
There’s a big difference between English sausages, German sausages, and American sausages Philippe Gas, president and managing director Walt Disney Attractions Japan
Blockchain is…a chain of blocks Alistair Pritchard, lead partner travel Deloitte
Far from signalling the demise of the package holiday, the Thomas Cook failure has been its vindication ABTA chief executive Mark Tanzer
There’s no way around it. I can’t sugar coat this in any way that makes it more palatable. We need to fly less and we need to encourage our customers to fly less. If you’re going to stop the planet heating above 2 degrees, I can’t see how you can do that without stopping flying. Tim Williamson, customer director for Responsible Travel
A love of tea and gardening, an obsession with our royal families, extreme politeness and bouts of public drunkenness, the Japanese and the English have a lot more in common that you might think Marcel Theroux, novelist and broadcasters
50% of holiday happiness happens pre-trip, 15% during and 35% after Patrick Marsden, head of travel, MaCher
Research shows that brands with an audio identity are 96% more likely to be recalled than those with no music or audio identity at all Global creative director Jo McCrostie
The whole cruise industry depends on the splendour of the oceans so there’s nothing more critical to us than making sure we coexist Tony Roberts, vice president UK and Europe Princess Cruises
Here’s a round-up of TravelMole’s ABTA Convention coverage: