WTM London 2018 looks to surpass last year’s record £3.1b in business

WTM London 2018 looks to surpass last year’s record £3.1b in business

LONDON — Registration has opened for WTM London 2018 and the show is set “to be the most successful yet”, say WTM organizers.

Around one million business meetings will take place at WTM London 2018, taking place Nov. 5 – 7.

Organizers say WTM London will adopt a regional focus for 2018, with each geographical region of the event having its own ‘Inspiration Zone’. These Zones will be the focal point of each region hosting dedicated regional content and networking.

Other new initiatives include the co-location of travel and hospitality tech event Travel Forward, also known as T>F. T>F will include a paid-for conference packed with technology business leaders and WTM London badges will gain entrance T>F, as T>F badges will be allowed in WTM London.

The Tuesday evening of WTM London (Nov. 6) will also host the inaugural International Travel & Tourism Awards at the Tobacco Dock.

This year’s WTM will also include a dedicated area for agencies in the marketing, representation, PR and social media space. The WTM Agency Pavilion will be located at the entrance to the WTM International Media Centre.

WTM London and T>F will host more than 175 sessions across a record 11 stages with more than 500 senior industry leaders sharing their knowledge, wisdom and opinions.

It is anticipated that WTM 2018’s 50,000 delegates from 182 countries and regions will conduct even more business than last year’s record £3.1 billion, say organizers.

The first full day, Nov. 6, will remain an exhibitor invite-only day, allowing exhibitors to conduct business meetings with key suppliers. The event will kick off with the WTM Speed Networking at 9 a.m., before the exhibition floor opens at 10am. On Nov. 8 WTM will host the UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit with the day also starting with a Speed Networking session with buyers split by the sector they purchase.

Also of interest, Nov. 9 will feature World Responsible Tourism Day, the largest day of responsible tourism action in the world. WTM London 2018 will start with the WTM Digital Influencers’ Speed Networking and conclude with the WTM Festivals, which will see a number of exhibitors hosting parties showcasing their culture, music and cuisine.

“WTM London continues to improve every year, with 2018 poised to be the most successful yet. There are so many new initiatives for the 2018 event, all designed to help facilitate ideas creation in the travel and tourism industry,” says WTM London, Senior Director, Simon Press.

“We anticipate more than £3 billion worth of business will be agreed due to this year’s event between more than 5,000 exhibitors and more than 10,000 senior industry buyers.”

T>F, Event Manager, Richard Gayle, added: “Travel Forward will inspire the travel and hospitality industry with the next generation of technology. We are delighted with the response we have had from the industry to taking part in the inaugural event. The conference programme includes senior executives from leading technology companies including Travelport, Amadeus, Skyscanner and Expedia.”

To register for WTM London visit: http://www.wtmlondon.com/register.

To register for Travel Forward visit: http://travelforward.wtm.com/register.

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