Lord Digby Jones to speak at WTM

Business analyst Lord Digby Jones is to head up the newly-launched
World Travel Market (WTM) Business Day on Thursday 11 November as part of the
four-day travel industry exhibition at Excel London.

Travel Market chairman Fiona Jeffery says Lord Jones will help
Britain’s struggling small- and
medium-sized (SMEs) travel businesses
with practical information. Jones was director-general of the Confederation of
British Industry between 2000 and 2006.

“Experts are predicting that up to 20 travel companies will go to the
wall by the end of the year in the UK alone, far more than usual, with
three going bust in just one month this summer,” says Jeffery. “As we face the challenges of the
future for SMEs in the UK and
Europe, it is essential that we do everything
possible to help travel companies address the problems, maintain market share
and bottom line.”

Jones will also be part of a panel of senior executives from Hoseasons holiday
company, Travel Counsellors, Getabed.co.uk and Barclary, to discuss how SMEs can
survive and grow in such a difficult economic

2010 is to be held at the London venue from 8 to 11

Caption: Mayor Boris Johnson at last year’s


Paul Colston


Paul Colston

Managing Editor, Conference News & Conference & Meetings World.

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