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NEWS SPECIAL REPORT


Atas continues to grow with an expanded annual conference, new training and agent- voted awards. Robin Searle reports


Highlights from the 2018 conference included guest presenter Aled Jones (far right)


CONFERENCE 2019 MANCHESTER, SEPTEMBER 18-19


Atas unveils online training for agents


Travel agent members of the Association of Touring & Adventure Suppliers can now complete a series of online training modules to showcase their expertise in the sector. Agents can also build on the


centralised training modules with courses focused on individual supplier members. The training is designed to


improve agents’ knowledge of the sector and provide practical tips for increasing touring and adventure sales. An accreditation scheme is


due to launch soon, with agents achieving different membership levels by completing modules and courses. › To register as an agent member of Atas and improve your knowledge of the sector, visit touringandadventure.com


The Association of Touring & Adventure Suppliers Conference has been expanded for 2019 with a new venue, new content and more time dedicated to educational business sessions and face-to-face networking.


The 2019 event will take place


at The Point venue at Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground on September 18 and 19, with a welcome reception on the evening of September 18 followed by a full-day conference and trade fair on September 19.


Atas chairman Paul Melinis


It will be supported by destination partner South African Tourism, technology partner Tigerbay and consumer media partners Global and Mail Metro Media, and will be run in partnership with Travel Weekly for the third year. Once again, all agent delegates


will be hosted by the association, with two nights’ accommodation provided on a shared basis. The event will culminate with a spectacular gala dinner and the Atas Awards. The 2019 Atas Conference


follows two successful conferences which attracted more than 350 delegates to Birmingham’s International Convention Centre. The move to Manchester reflects the importance of the northwest for the travel trade, with The Point offering a purpose-built conference facility which will


16 travelweekly.co.uk 4 April 2019


Atas heads to Manchester for 1,000+


provide an inspiring backdrop for the conference sessions and events. The theme for the 2019


Registered agent members of Atas


conference is Experience the Moment, reflecting not only the experiential nature of touring and adventure holidays but also the opportunity for agents to seize the opportunity to embrace a sector


Agents’ favourite touring


Travel Weekly is to poll agents to produce a definitive list of the leading suppliers in the touring and adventure sector. The Touring & Adventure: The


Hotlist supplement will showcase suppliers in a range of categories and will build on the success of similar Travel Weekly publications for cruise lines and destinations. The new publication will be supported by headline sponsor Mail Metro Media, which will also poll its readers on a series of consumer categories. Katie McGonagle, Travel Weekly


features and supplements editor, said: “The touring and adventure


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