FTE has provided details on which of its events will go ahead, which won’t and which will go virtual.
Future Travel Experience (FTE), part of the APEX family, has adapted its schedule for upcoming events in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes include complimentary registration options for airlines and airports, as well as the addition of several virtual events, including two focused on solutions for dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is a black swan event that has turned our world upside down,” said Daniel Coleman, founder and CEO of FTE, in a heartfelt e-mail to the FTE community. “We have been consumed by forging a plan for how we can best support the industry during these testing times.”
FTE EMEA/Ancillary, which was scheduled for June in Dublin, is the only show that has been canceled. The FTE Ancillary conference and the FTE Innovate Awards, which would have taken place in Dublin, will be integrated into the 15th annual FTE Global in Las Vegas, which has been postponed from September to December. FTE APEX ASIA EXPO will go ahead as planned, from November 10 to 11 in Singapore, and will include the FTE APEX Commercialising IFEC Summit.
“We have been consumed by forging a plan for how we can best support the industry during these testing times.” – Daniel Coleman, FTE CEO
“APEX’s Future Travel Experience events are central to our entire industry, with a focus on wrapping up 2020 with the best of innovation advancement,” said APEX/IFSA CEO Dr. Joe Leader. “By the time we reach the fourth quarter this year, our industry will be starved to reconnect and restart. FTE APEX ASIA EXPO in November will be the needed beacon forward in Asia, the fastest growing aviation market in the world. APEX’s FTE Global event this December in Las Vegas will serve as the perfect way to end a year with the light of future possibilities.”
Understanding that airlines and airports will be operating on tighter budgets this year, FTE has opted to offer each airline and airport one complimentary ticket for FTE Global. Airline and airport employees can also attend FTE APEX ASIA EXPO for free, as long as they commit to three meetings at the event.
“By the time we reach the fourth quarter this year, our industry will be starved to reconnect and restart.” – Joe Leader, APEX/IFSA CEO
Given the absence of any official FTE gatherings until November, FTE will bring the community together with a variety of online events in the coming months, including two focused on COVID-19, which will be free to attend for airlines and airports. Scheduled for May 6 and May 20, the sessions will feature pitches from suppliers with solutions to restore consumer confidence and enhance operations in the commercial air travel industry. The first session will emphasize how airports will need to adjust, while the second will explore how the in-flight experience will change.
There will also be an FTE Ancillary Virtual Event taking place on June 4. It will feature pitches from vendors in the ancillary revenue space, and will be free to attend for airlines.
The aviation industry continues to be strongly affected by COVID-19. As such, APEX has launched a new editorial campaign, “What We’re Made Of.” To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.