WTM to talk about tech & climate change
From LGBT stands and panel discussions on carbon emissions to blogging programmes and interaction with Facebook and Google executives, the four-day World Travel Market 2013 boasts of a wide platform for the travel and tourism industry.
Travel Market 2013, the leading global event for the travel industry, will be opened by Stuart Rose, the former Marks & Spencer CEO and Chairman and one of the business world’s most respected leaders. Rose will open World Travel Market 2013 at the new-look WTM Captains of Industry Opening Lunch, with 200 of the industry’s most senior leaders in attendance. Deputy Chief Johan Lundgren.
The Round Table on Travel & Tourism and Carbon, which opens World Responsible Tourism Day on November 6 also includes South African Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Jumeirah President and Group Chief Executive Officer Gerald Lawless. The session will explore how such a fast growing industry can claim to be responsible when it already contributes about 5% of global CO2 emissions, with air transport alone account- ing for 40% of the sector's emissions.
Summing this up, van Schalkwyk said earlier this year, “Tourism is both a vector and victim of climate change. In other words, tourism both contributes to and is affected by climate change. Therefore, doing nothing to tackle the challenges of climate change is not an option. The consequences of doing nothing will be devastating indeed,
particularly because tourism is closely linked to the climate and environment itself.”
The LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) tourism market received a boost when two market-leading destinations were announced as premier exhibitors with the Out Now Business Class LGBT Village at World Travel Market. Europe's largest LGBT media company has also been announced as an exhibitor. The dedicated LGBT exhibition space is hosted by the world’s leading tourism networking association, Out Now Business Class, which helps companies expand their reach and expertise to better cater for the lucrative LGBT tourism sector, which is currently valued at USD$181billion annual spend for 2013 (source LGBT2020 research study).
WTM has added a number of high profile speakers to complete its largest- ever blogging programme.
The programme, organised on behalf of WTM by Travel Bloggers Unite, includes some of the world’s leading bloggers discussing key topics for both the blogging and travel industries. The event also has an impressive line up of social media speakers including senior executives from Facebook and Google.
Reed Travel Exhibitions Director, World Travel Market