Holbrooke to keynote ETC conference

NEW YORK -- The European Travel Commission (ETC) has tapped former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke as the keynote speaker at its 2004 Europe Unlimited Transatlantic Conference here later this month.

According to the ETC, Holdrookes address at the conference -- set for Oct. 29 at Ciprianis restaurant in New York -- will address the world situation and its impact on travel and tourism to the Continent.

[Holbrookes] far-reaching vision discerns new possibilities where others see only the impossible, said conference Chairman Michael Gigl of the Austrian Tourist Office, in a statement. For those of us who believe in the potential of Europe Unlimited, we can learn much from his ideas on the issues that face travel marketers.

Other leading industry speakers lined up for this third annual ETC conference include Lionel Barber, managing editor of the Financial Times, who will discuss the expansion of the European Union; Roger Cohen, foreign editor at the New York Times, to address the U.S. view of Europe; travel editor Peter Greenberg of NBCs Today Show; Stelios Haji-Ioannou, founder of low-fare U.K. airline EasyJet; Michelle Peluso, chief executive of Travelocity; and Bob Mankoff, cartoon editor at The New Yorker magazine.

Interested attendees can register through Oct. 15, at a cost of $275 per person, by contacting Spring, OBrien & Co. at (212) 620-7100 or via e-mail at [email protected].

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Kenneth Kiesnoski at [email protected].

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