Message from Tim Wright, TTI Chairman

April 5, 2020 6:05 pm

These are very difficult and challenging times and  I do wish all of you and your loved ones very good health and happiness. Focus on travel is difficult however the show must go on.

The Spring Conference of 19 March had to be cancelled due to the Corona virus ramifications. This is a real shame as we had a great event lined up. The good news is that we have transferred the speakers and the topics to the Autumn Conference on 24 September at the Holiday Inn Gloucester Road. I am really looking forward to a bumper turn out that day and of course hope all the virus issues will have hopefully gone away or at least improved.

Strangely the title of the conference was Let’s Get Emotional. I would say that this is certainly a time when we all feel emotional. This is not only from a health perspective but also the effect this has had on the entire travel business. Nobody is exempt from issues and it is really a time of uncertainty and concern.

My take on matters is try and stay cool, calm and collected if that is possible and most importantly we all need to stick and work together. At TTI we are using this crisis as a conduit to review all our practises and activities and trying to map out the best way forward. TTI’s commitment is to you our members to keep you fully updated and informed with the current technological innovations and issues so that you can stay one step of your competition. We are not for profit and it’s all about you our members and we will continue to do whatever we can to help.

The next event on the TTI chart is the Summer Forum which is scheduled for 18 June in the morning. We do hope the venue will be at the usual Holiday Inn in Gloucester Road. However these are extraordinary times with most people working from home with many people in lockdown. This makes it very difficult for companies to survive and come out the other end in good shape. We have therefore decided to possibly change the summer forum to a webinar. We were set up to make Cyber Security the main topic but have now decided to change the title to Survival and Beyond. To clarify this will either be via a Webinar or the usual face to face meeting. We will decide on the forum as soon as matters are clearer. We are also aware that Travel Technology companies do not have a trade association other than TTI. We are therefore looking into holding an online forum via Zoom where Travel Technology Companies can share experiences and issues in these difficult times. We will advise you of details as we progress these 2 initiatives.

I would like to thank you for your continued support of TTI especially in these difficult times and hope these initiatives will help you progress forward successfully.