The number of children denied even a simple break has increased by a horrendous 25% to 5 million since 2005.

World Travel Market 2015, ExCeL, London – Holidays Matter Conference. John McDonald, Director Family Holiday Association
World Travel Market 2015, ExCeL, London – Holidays Matter Conference. John McDonald, Director Family Holiday Association

The Holidays Matter network held its annual conference at World Travel Market on Thursday 5 November 2015. My opening remarks cited some recent and eye-opening analysis of Office for National Statistics data by Professor David Gordon.

I would like to welcome you to the 4th annual Holidays Matter Conference here in the centre of one of the world’s largest travel trade exhibitions. An appropriate venue for an organisation that sees the travel industry at the very core of its work.

The Holiday Matters network currently consists of some 20 member organisations. Cumulatively these 20 organisations supported 150,000 people access a break last year with an estimated value of £5m. Although the Family Holiday Association has provided the initial support, we see the network and this conference as independent of the charity. It is a means of bringing like-minded organisations together to allow us share, to learn and to explore new avenues of working. That is the purpose of today. Continue reading

Peter Long, CEO of TUI Travel PLC, attends the charity’s trustee meeting on Wednesday 19 November

Peter Long addressing the Holidays Matter conference earlier this month at World Travel Market in the Excel Centre, London.
Peter Long addressing the Holidays Matter conference earlier this month at World Travel Market in the Excel Centre, London.

Peter Long leads one of the world’s largest travel companies and is a long-time supporter of the Family Holiday Association.  Last year he agreed to take on the role of charity President and since then he has devoted considerable time and energy to his new role. Continue reading