ATPI GRIFFINSTONE CONFIRMS KEY INDUSTRY SPEAKERS’ SESSIONS FOR SHIPPING CONFERENCE CREW CONNECTATPI Griffinstone – part of the ATPI Group - will welcome industry experts to lead its stimulating lunchtime sessions at the fifth annual speaker series, which runs alongside this year’s two-day Crew Connect Global 2016 Conference in the Philippines.
The shipping industry’s largest manpower recruitment, retention and training conference will be taking place from 15-16 November 2016 at the Manila Marriott Hotel, where ATPI Griffinstone will host lunch ‘n’ learn sessions designed to provide delegates with new perspectives on topical crew travel related issues affecting international seafaring crews.
Dr Oliver Lo, Group Medical Director of Occupational Health Services at International SOS, has been confirmed as one of the main speakers for the guest speaker forums. Capitalising on his extensive working experience in Asia and Europe, he will lead a discussion regarding the challenges the maritime industry faces around health risk management and the importance of Duty of Care for travelling personnel. The session will take place in ATPI Griffinstone’s popular lounge-style venue, the ATPI Arms, at 12.30pm on Tuesday 15 November.
Also joining the speaker forum at 1pm on Wednesday 16 November will be David Granville, Sales Opportunity Manager at Etihad Airways. Granville will host the day two lunchtime slot, revealing how the airline aligns its product and pricing with the needs of cost-conscious shipping companies and discusses decisions that may affect shipping companies’ OPEX reduction.
ATPI Griffinstone’s Nikos Gazelidis, global head of shipping sales, explains:
“At a time when 90 per cent of international trade is transported by ship, the global shipping sector stands to experience enormous pressure as a whole to reduce OPEX after a long cycle of downturn. During these challenging times, it’s more important than ever to have a travel management company on board that has an in-depth understanding of the current and future challenges faced by the maritime industry to help deliver a seamless and effective service.”
“With two thought-provoking speakers confirmed, we’re confident the sessions will once again prove an interactive platform to engage the maritime community in new ways to remain competitive in a difficult marketplace.”
Delegates can visit the ATPI Arms at the Crew Connect Global Conference in Manila on 15 and 16 November 2016.
The ATPI Group has a network of over 100 offices worldwide and has successful operations in shipping and energy travel, corporate travel, corporate event management and online travel technology.