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Future of Travel Debate Conference

Bringing together global travel leaders, The Economist is to host a conference to debate the future of travel.

The conference will discuss the changes in technology, innovation and regulation, and how they can foster a holistic travel experience over the next decade, given the importance of travel and its contribution to global GPD by 9.5%.
Held in Madrid, the conference will be on the 24th March, with 150 senior business leaders, policy makers and industry experts attending.

Speaking about the event, Simon Vincent, EMEA President, Hilton Worldwide commented: “Now more than ever it is important for us to consider the future of travel and the way industries such as hospitality will evolve over the coming years. The growing prosperity of emerging markets is set to change the face of the demographics of international travel. Coupled with exciting advances in technology, we stand at a point in time where the travel industry can take the lead in driving economic growth and create an estimated 73 million new jobs by 2022.”

Key speakers at the event will include:
• JOSE MANUEL SORIA LOPEZ, Minister of Energy, Industry and Tourism, Government of Spain
• TALEB RIFAI, Secretary General, UNWTO
• MICHAEL O’Leary, Chief Executive Officer, Ryanair
• LUIS MAROTO, Chief Executive Officer, Amadeus
• TONY TYLER, Chief Executive Officer & Director General, IATA
• JOSE VIEGAS, Secretary General, International Transport Forum, OECD
• SIMON VINCENT, President, EMEA, Hilton Worldwide
• ALISTAIR HANN, Chief Technology Officer, Skyscanner
• LEE MCCABE, Global Head of Travel, Education & Consumer Services, Facebook
• GREG SCHULZE, Senior Vice President, Tour & Transport, Expedia