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Former TUI boss heads WTM Vision Conference panel

Former TUI boss heads WTM Vision Conference panel

Travel and tourism industry stalwart Dermot Blastland heads an industry-leading panel debate on the outbound Italian travel industry at World Travel Market (WTM) Vision Conference – Milan on April 14.

The former TUI UK&Ireland Managing Director, who has run businesses in Europe and Canada, is joined on the panel by:

• Daniel John Winteler, World President, Alpitour;
• Luca Patene, President, American Express;
• Gianni Onorato, Managing Director, Costa Crociere; and
• Marco Sansavini, Distribution Manager, Alitalia.

The panel session is the culmination of the inaugural WTM Vision Conference – Milan, which offers high-caliber speakers, content, and research to give analysis, statistical assessment, and interpretations to the industry’s senior leaders.

The half-day conference, which takes place at the Palazzo Mezzanotte - the Italian stock exchange - will be moderated by the well–respected Italian journalist Lorenzo Ottolenghi. Ottolenghi is Assistant President for state-owned, public-sector broadcaster RAI.


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 will be given FREE to all delegates.

Furthermore, e-tourism specialist Professor Dimitrios Buhalis, will give a masterclass on how the travel and tourism industry can best utilize social media entitled, The Impact of Web 2.0 on the Travel and Tourism Industry.

Buhalis is Established Chair in Tourism and Deputy Director of the International Centre for Tourism and Hospitality Research (ICTHR). He is also Director of the John Kent Institute in Tourism at the School of Tourism, Bournemouth University and Professorial Observer at the Bournemouth University Senate.

World Travel Market Chairman Fiona Jeffery said: “I am delighted with the lineup of speakers for the first WTM Vision Conference – Milan. Euromonitor International’s research will start the event with the latest facts on the figures on the industry. This will set the tone for arguably the hottest topic in the sector, social media, before the industry-leading panel session reviews the Italian market in detail.”

The WTM Vision Conference - Milan, which is organized in association with TTG Italia, will be in English and simultaneously translated into Italian.

The WTM Vison Conference – Milan on April 14, which costs only 138 euros (US$195) including VAT, is the first of three WTM Vision Conferences taking place this year, with Dubai taking place on May 3 and London on May 25.