WTM Vision Conference–London panel line up complete

15th Feb 2012
WTM Vision Conference–London panel line up complete

World Travel Market (WTM), the leading global event for the travel industry, has completed its WTM Vision Conference-London high-level executive panel session with senior representation from TUI, easyJet, and Expedia.

The panel session, which will conclude the third WTM Vision Conference-London on April 19 at 1 Wimple Street, includes:

- TUI UK Managing Director UK&Ireland David Burling,
- easyJet UK Manager Paul Simmons, and
- Expedia UK Managing Director Andy Washington.

David first joined Thomson Holidays as a marketing graduate trainee in 1990 and rose quickly through the ranks to be appointed to the board in January 2000, aged just 31.

Prior to becoming UK&Ireland MD in October last year, David held the position of Commercial Director for TUI UK.


Paul has a background in the hotel industry as Global Vice President for the InterContinental Brand and Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing at The Oberio Group – East India Hotel.

He joined easyJet as Head of Marketing, Product, and Distribution before taking over as UK General Manager.

Andy started his career at the Rank Group, delivering many of the market leading domestic holidays offered today, he progressed his career with experience in tour operating, aviation, and online retailing with rapid career development at Cosmos, lastminute.com, Thomascook.com, and now Expedia.

Andy has been ranked as one of the new Captains of the Industry by ABTA and was recently named one of the top 101 most influential dot com directors in the UK.

The WTM Vision Conference series is a mid-year, half-day conference for industry senior delegates to get the latest research, information, and opinions to help them run their businesses.

The first session sees leading global research company, Euromonitor International, give delegates a detailed insight into the travel and tourism industry by unveiling its report, The Travel Industry Global Overview.

The report (worth £1,000) will be given FREE to all delegates.

Reed Travel Exhibitions Director, World Travel Market, Simon Press said: “I am delighted with the senior industry leaders taking part in the WTM Vision Conference–London panel session.

“David Burling, Paul Simmons, and Andy Washington have a wealth of experience across all sectors of the industry and will give a valuable insight to the high profile delegates in attendance.”

The WTM Vision brand launched in 2009 in London, before expanding to Milan and Dubai in 2011. This year, the WTM Vision Conference will also take place in Shanghai and Moscow with the conference in Italy moving to Florence.

The full program of WTM Vision conferences is:

- April 4: Moscow
- April 19: London
- May 1: Dubai
- May 10: Shanghai
- May 18: Florence


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