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Brexit Takes Centre Stage at 2018 WTM London Leaders’ Lunch


Businesswoman Susan Hooper, who sits on the board of the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), will be the keynote speaker at the exclusive Leaders’ Lunch on the first day of WTM London 2018.

Hooper will speak to the audience of 200 senior industry executives about her career and experience. As well as her Brexit role, Hooper sits on the boards of Wizz Air, The Rank Group and Uber UK. She is also a member of the Advisory Board of the LUISS Business School in Rome.

Her other travel appointments have included the Acromas Group, where she was Chief Executive of the Travel Division, responsible for Saga Holidays, Hotels, Cruises, the AA Travel division and Titan Travel.

She also held senior roles at Royal Caribbean International, First Choice, Whitbread and Avis Europe, while her general commercial experience includes PepsiCo International, McKinsey & Co and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Her address to the Leaders’ Lunch will take place just after a deal for the UK to exit the European Union is due to be signed following a summit in mid-October. An emergency summit may be held in November if withdrawal terms are not finalised.

In 2017, the senior audience heard from the European Parliament’s Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt.

She will be interviewed by World Travel & Tourism Council new CEO Gloria Guevara, who will ask Hooper about a range of subjects including the opportunities and threats the sharing economy poses the travel industry, the future of aviation, cruising and tour operating.

The WTM Leaders’ Lunch is an invitation-only event, taking place from 11.00-13.30 on Monday 5 November in Platinum Suite 3 & 4.

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