Mon, 26 October 2009
The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) have held their annual convention in Barcelona. In the capacity as a ‘Roving Reporter’, Louise Bates from Tameside Travel attended the convention which acts as an opportunity to bring everybody from the Travel Industry together to network and share ideas.
Over 1000 delegates were in attendance at the event, which was hosted by TV and radio presenter Jeremy Vine. Guest speakers included Mark Tanzer (Chief Executive of ABTA), Andrew Pierce (Assistant Editor of The Daily Telegraph), Peter Long (CEO of TUI Travel) and finally, Lord Norman Lamont.
All of the speakers commented on the last year in travel and discussed the difficulties the industry had faced. Swine flu and the global recession were obvious factors of most problems, however it was decided that the future is brighter now, despite any complications they may still have to face.
Louise attended the event on behalf of the newspaper, Travel Trade Gazette (TTG) who approached her asking her to attend as a roving reporter. Louise reported on the city of Barcelona as a first time traveller to this destination and gave an agents point of view, which now features on the TTG website.
Louise commented, “As I have never been to Barcelona before I wanted to see as much as I could of the city. Everybody I spoke to recommended the open top tour bus and as the weather was beautiful this seemed a fantastic idea.”
“I think Barcelona is a beautiful and vibrant city and the Cathedral Sagrada Familia which was designed by Gaudi is a must-see. We also had the opportunity to look around a Royal Caribbean Cruise liner while we were there which was lovely. I loved my time in Barcelona and can’t wait to return with friends to sample more that the city can offer.”