NI Travel News Introduce Jam-Packed Week of ‘Kickstart to Recovery’ Forums

19th April 2021 to 23rd April 2021

NITN VIRTUAL ‘KICKSTART TO RECOVERY’ TRAVEL FORUM In association with Jet2holidays will hit screens from 10am on Monday 19th April 2021 – running all week, NI Travel News & Jet2holidays bring together Industry leaders and experts to give the Northern Ireland Travel trade key information and advice on the steps to recovery. 

Jonathan Adair of NI Travel News said, “After consultation with many areas of the travel trade it was felt that a platform was needed to give a confidence message moving forward to the trade here in Northern Ireland.. Normally we at NI Travel News would have organised a live event but circumstances dictate that this can only be held in a virtual format but we feel this will get the same result in building confidence and outlining steps for our recovery here in Northern Ireland’


Forum 1 – Booking with Confidence – Road to Recovery – 10am Monday 19th April 2021


  • Alan Cross – UK Head of Trade Sales – Jet2holidays
  • Danny Waine – Head of Membership – ABTA
  • Gary Lewis – CEO of The Travel Network Group
  • Peter McMinn – Managing Director of Travel Solutions

VIEW FROM THE AGENT: Tony Mann – Idle Travel


 Forum 2 – Finance & Security – 10am Tuesday 20th April 2021


  • Rachel Jordan – Director of Financial Protection – ABTA
  • Ian Hall – Head of Insurance  – ABTA
  • John DeVial – Director of membership & Finance – ABTA
  • Michael Budge  – Head of Operations Aviation & Travel Finance & licensing – CAA

ABTA Lifeline – Director Trudie Clements

VIEW FROM THE AGENT: Miles Morgan – Miles Morgan Travel


Forum 3 – ANITA – Stronger Together – 10am Wednesday 21st April 2021


  • Damian Murphy – Interim chair of ANITA
  • Joanne Dooey – President of the SPAA
  • Brenda Morgan MBE – Chair of NITA
  • Luke Petherbridge – Director of Public Affairs – ABTA


Forum 4 – Industry leaders day – one to one interviews – 10am, 12noon & 3pm Thursday 22nd April 2021

  • 10am –  Mark Tanzer – CEO of ABTA
  • 12 noon – Julia Lo Bue-Said CEO of The Advantage Travel Group.
  • 3pm – Steve Heapy CEO of & Jet2holidays


Forum 5 – The Next steps to Recovery – 10am Friday 23rd April 2021


  • Danny Waine – Director of Membership – ABTA
  • Peter Shanks – Managing Director of UK & Ireland Middle East and Africa – Silversea
  • Alan Cross – Head of UK Trade Sales – Jet2holidays
  • Aishling McLoughlin – Business development director of UK & Ireland – Iberostar Hotels & Resorts


With some of the top names in the Industry this virtual event is one you wont want to miss. All forums will be available on our online events page HERE and can also be viewed on demand at a time that suits you.


NITN Virtual Kickstart to Recovery Travel Forum in association with Jet2holidays