60 seconds with….. Senior Director of WTM London, Simon Press

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What is the theme for WTM London 2019?

Ideas Arrive Here is going to be a recurring theme from 2018. For WTM London 2019, we’re expanding our notion of this concept through Innovative Perspectives, New Possibilities and Inspiring Fresh Thinking.

The event is known for being a key hub for creation in the travel industry, in addition to the business deals and ideas that fuel the industry.

What is new for WTM London 2019?

This year WTM London 2019 is extending its reach throughout the travel industry our newest launches.

Travel Week will be the seven day travel celebration over the week of WTM London. This is going to allow travel professionals and enthusiasts to come together to raise awareness on how big the travel sector really is.

We aim to show the impact of travel VIPs coming to London for the first week of November, due to them coming for WTM London. We want to extend our hand to the industry, without taking full ownership. More information about Travel Week is due to be launched shortly, so watch this space!

BorderlessLive is the brand-new event where content where creative thinkers, worldwide brands and destinations from across the globe will come together for a festival style exhibition and conference.

On Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September, WTM London will be launching this one-of-a-kind event, in partnership with influencer-marketing agency Traverse, where we will be presenting how the nature of the industry has changed and where it will be moving to next.

On the first day of the show (Monday 4th), we will be increasing networking opportunities at senior level by introducing an invitation only Leaders Lunch.

What else can we look forward to at WTM London 2019?

The year ahead will see the return of the International Travel & Tourism Awards, Travel Forward and the dedicated regional Inspiration Zones.

The International Travel & Tourism Awards celebrate the success of national, regional and city tourist boards and recognise outstanding private sector companies and individuals. Showcasing the best in class of the global travel & tourism industry at the new London venue, Magazine London on Tuesday 5 November 2019. There are still some sponsorship opportunities available for our awards so do get in touch with the team if you’re interested.

Travel Forward is the travel technology event co-located with WTM London and will take place on 4–6 November 2019 at ExCeL London. The second Travel Forward conference, exhibition and buyer programme is due to once again inspire the travel and hospitality sectors with next-generation technology.

The Inspiration Zones within each region will continue to connect exhibitors through engaging new ideas whilst focusing on current and future concepts. We are continuing to reshape our conference programme to incorporate the expansion of the Ideas Arrive Here theme.

On the subject of inspiring stories, our new video concept, #WTMStories, will give viewers an insight into travel trends – as seen through the eyes of key industry figures and consumers.

Don’t miss out on…

£3.5billion in business deals
50,000 senior travel professionals
11,000 buyers
5,000 exhibitors
3,000 media
180+ countries and regions
FIVE stages hosting dedicated regional content

Register your interest at london.wtm.com

Show dates and location

  • Monday 4 November 2019: 10:00 – 19:00 (invite only)
  • Tuesday 5 November 2019: 10:00 – 18:00
  • Wednesday 6 November 2019: 10:00 – 18:00

ExCeL London, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL

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