Travel Weekly Breakfast Briefing – 7 September 2016

On Wednesday 7 September 2016 WHA co-sponsored, with Duff and Phelps, the Travel Weekly Business Breakfast Meeting, held at the Google Offices in Central London.

Travel Weekly Breakfast Briefing

Travel Weekly Breakfast Briefing

Over 100 industry executives filled the auditorium to hear a lively panel debate regarding an on-going Travel Industry “Hot Topic”, Mergers and Acquisitions.

To start proceedings, Bernd Fauser of Google Travel shared some industry insights and current customer trends, and then announced a brand new product, an EMEA dashboard which looks and trends and is updated quarterly.

Travel Weekly’s Ian Taylor then headed a panel which included Seamus Conlon, managing director of; Henrik Nordman, investment director with Bridgepoint Development Capital; Suzanne Horner, chief executive of Gray Dawes Travel; and Will Waggott, chief executive of Travelopia.

A wide range of related topics were discussed, ranging from potential disruptions when looking to selling your business, what a Capital Acquirer will look for when choosing a business to invest in, to what are the biggest Global and Geo-politic issues if you are looking to grow or sell your business.

Finally Ian Taylor asked the panel. What advice would you give a Travel Company looking at M&A?

All four panellists agreed that you should appoint good professional advisors.

At WHA we have dealt with many M&A transactions, our expertise and experience in this area is well known within the Travel Industry.

Nikki Spoor of WHA, closed events with a big thankyou to our co-sponsors and Travel Weekly for hosting this event. We would particularly like to thank Seamus, Henrik, Will and Suzanne for their input on the panel.

WHA's Nikki Spoor's closing speech

WHA’s Nikki Spoor’s closing speech

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