Tell us about WTM 2015?
WTM 2015 will be the best yet. Total participants for the event grew to 51,500 in 2014 and we expect even more to be coming through the doors of ExCeL – London between Monday 2 and Thursday 5 November 2015.
- WTM 2015 will see the WTM Festivals return after a successful debut to celebrate WTM’s 35th event last year
- Furthermore, the Wellness programme – introduced at WTM 2014 – has been expanded to include The Wellness Lounge on the Wednesday and Thursday of the event
- The WTM Bloggers’ Speed Networking will also be expanded following a successful debut last year, and
- A Taste of ILTM at WTM will be expanded for WTM 2015 to include international buyers.
How much business can exhibitors expect to conduct?
WTM 2014 saw more than 1.1 million on-stand meetings facilitate more than £2.5 billion in industry deals. This year we expect even more business will be conducted, thanks to the number of new initiatives I’ve outlined. One of the best ways for exhibitors to meet new buyers and sign deals is to attend WTM’s Speed Networking sessions, which take place on Monday and Thursday mornings.
What will the event programme look like at WTM 2015?
There will be more than 100 sessions taking place at WTM this year across a comprehensive range of subjects including Aviation, Hotels, Responsible Tourism and Women in Travel. For the first time there will be a gastronomy programme. The hugely popular WTM Captains of Industry, WTM Ministers’ Summit and World Responsible Tourism Day will also return.
Which exhibitors should we look out for?
World Travel Market always has the biggest brands in the travel industry exhibiting and WTM 2015 will be no exception. Major airlines at the event include Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways and Thai Airways International.
Major hotels chains exhibiting include Rotana and Jumeirah Hotels.
Furthermore, I’m delighted to be able to announce Mexico as WTM’s Premier Partner for 2015 as part of the Year of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico.
Where can buyers and visitors register for WTM 2015?