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.

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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.

Ex­ec­u­tive

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.

Si­mon Press

Reed Travel Ex­hi­bi­tions Di­rec­tor, World Travel Mar­ket

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