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Simon Calder – the Travel Insider at Ad Week.

  • The legendary Independent travel correspondent, Simon Calder, and Cathy Adams, head of travel at ESI Media discuss the past, present and future of travel
  • The main theme that emerged from the session was the power that travel holds, both economically and culturally
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Today we kicked off our first formal session at Advertising Week Europe, joined by legendary Independent travel correspondent, Simon Calder, and Cathy Adams, head of travel at ESI Media, to discuss the past, present and future of travel.

The main theme that emerged from the session was the power that travel holds, both economically and culturally. For those that weren’t able to attend, we’ve outlined the key points discussed.

Undoubtedly, we do face challenges ahead. The uncertainty around Brexit is clearly creating some uneasiness amongst travellers and businesses. Once the UK leaves the EU, it will affect Brits ability to drive abroad (drivers will now need two separate permits to drive to Spain for instance), passports may not last as long as people think and European health insurance might be interrupted.

It’s not all doom and gloom though. Brexit does mean that holiday prices are falling. In fact, it’s never been cheaper or safer to travel. If you fancy an eventful holiday experience, you can fly to Tenerife on the day of Brexit for a week-long holiday for £179 – roughly £1 for every hour you stay.

And not getting side tracked by Brexit completely, the industry actually has a very exciting time ahead of it. Technology is quite literally opening up new flight paths. Last year there was the first non-stop flight from London to Perth, and now planes exist that theoretically will allow tourists to fly direct to Honolulu from London.

It’s heartening that against a global backdrop of walls and borders, there is another trend emerging; visas are no longer needed to travel Uzbekistan, Belarus or if you’re going to travel along the Silk Road. Ultimately, travel allows people to experience different cultures, engage with people from different walks of life and widen your understanding.

If you’re interested in finding out more, please get in touch, catch up with the latest travel content from the Independent or follow Simon on Twitter.

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