WTM London 2018 Hopes to Reach New Record Highs
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.