ATP International’s Groups Division has been appointed to handle the travel arrangements for the 2005 ABTA Travel Convention in Marrakech this November. This will be the third successive convention organised by ATP and follows on from the success of the conventions held in Palma 2003 and Orlando 2004.
“We are really thrilled with this appointment”, said Adam Knights, Sales Director ATP International. “To win the confidence of ABTA once again says a lot about the team and the way they have coped with one of the most demanding jobs in the industry. To look after the travel needs of nearly 2,000 delegates - all travel experts of course - is quite daunting and requires exceptional professional skills as well as maintaining the right attitude from the first recce to getting the last delegate home safe and sound.”
Keith Betton, ABTA’s Head of Corporate Affairs, was involved in ATP International’s reappointment. “ATP hit the ground running with their first convention in Palma, our 50th conference. They are a very well organised team and are invaluable in the planning process, costs, quality control and support during the conventions.”
Elaine Dellar, Head of CO Plus and Convention organiser for ABTA since 1995, believes ATP International has all the travel skills but just as importantly the right touch. “2,000 travel delegates is quite a handful. ATP thinks through possible problem areas well in advance - that way they nip most of them in the bud. And they really care when it’s all happening - not only at the conference but also at all the hotel sites and on the tours enjoyed by the delegates.”
Around 2,000 delegates are expected to attend the ABTA Travel Convention in Marrakech, which takes place between 24th and 27th November 2005. Registration for the event opened in July.
ATP is one of the largest international travel management companies, with offices in the UK, Netherlands, France, Belgium and the USA. In 2004 ATP International was recognised as the ‘Best Business Travel Management Company under £200 million Turnover’ by Business Travel World magazine, and Best E-Commerce Bookable Site - Business Travel, at the Travel Agent Achievement Awards.