WTM aims at get­ting qual­ity busi­ness

This year at World Travel Mar­ket, Lon­don, to be held from Novem­ber 6-8, se­lected ex­hibitors will be of­fered pri­or­ity ac­cess to the buyer speed net­work­ing ses­sions on the first two days of the event. A panel of ex­perts will also dis­cuss emerg­ing trends in

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Pri­or­ity Ac­cess

WTM Lon­don 2017 will of­fer pri­or­ity ac­cess to se­lected ex­hibitors for its buyer speed net­work­ing events. The move is de­signed to limit the num­ber of ex­hibitors tak­ing part, with 500 pri­or­ity ac­cess tick­ets avail­able. This in-turn will keep the qual­ity of the mini-meet­ing high and worth­while for both sides. Also, this year, there will be two buyer speed net­work­ing ses­sions be­fore the ex­hi­bi­tion floor opens on both the days of WTM Lon­don.

On Day 1, 200 buy­ers will be seated by the ge­og­ra­phy they pur­chase while on Day 2, the event will be sec­tor spe­cific with sec­tors in­clud­ing re­spon­si­ble tourism, gas­tron­omy, and wed­ding and hon­ey­moons cov­ered by 100 buy­ers. Si­mon Press, Se­nior Di­rec­tor, WTM Lon­don, said, “The speed net­work­ing events at WTM Lon­don have proved huge­ly­pop­u­lar with an ever-grow­ing num­ber of ex­hibitors look­ing to take part. Feed­back from both ex­hibitors and buy­ers shows that the pop­u­lar­ity of the event is hav­ing an im­pact on the qual­ity of the busi­ness con­ver­sa­tions tak­ing place. So for this year, we are look­ing to limit the num­bers to both buyer speed net­work­ing ses­sion by in­tro­duc­ing a pri­or­ity en­try.”

Valid for both the days, the pri­or­ity ac­cess will al­low two named rep­re­sen­ta­tives from an ex­hibitor im­me­di­ate ac­cess from 9 am to both ses­sions and will cost £250. Ex­hibitor per­son­nel with­out pri­or­ity ac­cess will be able to at­tend the speed net­work­ing events from 9.30 am on­wards. Ex­hibitors will be able to pur­chase pri­or­ity ac­cess via the ex­hibitor por­tal.

Pre­dict­ing Trends

A panel of se­nior ex­ec­u­tives will de­bate the im­pact of Brexit, cur­rency move­ments and other geopo­lit­i­cal trends dur­ing a ‘World Travel Lead­ers’ ses­sion at WTM Lon­don. The ses­sion - ‘UK Mar­kets – What can we ex­pect in 2018’ will see em­i­nent speak­ers like Caro­line Brem­ner, Head of Travel, Euromon­i­tor In­ter­na­tional; Richard Calvert, Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Shear­ings Leisure Group; Nick Long­man, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, TUI UK & Ire­land; Peter Shanks, De­vel­op­ment Di­rec­tor, Imag­ine Cruis­ing; and Tris­tram

Yarde-Leavett, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Tour­wise of Lon­don. Press elab­o­rated, “Some of the ef­fects of last year’s Brexit ref­er­en­dum are be­ing felt al­ready, so it will be fas­ci­nat­ing to hear what these in­dus­try bosses think will hap­pen in the fu­ture. There are many other chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties to con­sider too – how the fall in ster­ling is af­fect­ing in­bound and out­bound tourism, and how se­cu­rity is­sues are af­fect­ing travel trends, for ex­am­ple.”

WTM Leader’s Lunch

A lead­ing Mem­ber of Euro­pean Par­lia­ment (MEP) and former Prime Min­is­ter of Bel­gium, Guy Ver­hof­s­tadt, is the keynote speaker at WTM Lead­ers’ Lunch. This is a pres­ti­gious and in­vi­ta­tion-only net­work­ing event with 200 pre­em­i­nent heads of com­mer­cial travel or­gan­i­sa­tions which will be held on Novem­ber 6. Ver­hof­s­tadt

is now leader of the Group of the Al­liance of Lib­er­als and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) in the Euro­pean Par­lia­ment. Press com­mented, “Our Lead­ers’ Lunches have a rep­u­ta­tion for bring­ing top speak­ers to the cap­tains of the travel in­dus­try and Guy is first rate. He is a fan­tas­tic speaker and will of­fer in­spi­ra­tion and prac­ti­cal ad­vice to our se­nior travel

in­dus­try au­di­ence at a cru­cial time in the UK’s, Europe’s and in­deed the world’s his­tory.”

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