In this interview, Mr Simon Press, a Senior Director at WTM London discusses plans for WTM London 2019 and what guests should expect:
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.
London 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 and 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 London Travel Week is due to be launched shortly, so watch this space!
BorderlessLive was launched this year too, a brand-new event where content creators, brands and destinations from across the globe came together for a festival-style exhibition and conference in London’s glamourous Tobacco Dock.
On Friday 6 and Saturday 7 September, WTM London launched this one-of-a-kind event, in partnership with influencer-marketing agency Traverse, and over the course of the festival, nearly 700 attendees met with almost 40 exhibitors and went to over 50 specialist sessions designed to showcase the future of this industry. BorderlessLive is an event at the forefront of the modern travel and content creation industry and we here at WTM are incredibly excited for its return in 2020.
On the first day of WTM London show (Monday 4th), we will be increasing networking opportunities at senior level by introducing an invitation-only Leaders Lunch.
What features 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. We will be 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.
WTM Festivals The festivals are one of the most exciting parts of the whole show, and this year we have a new twist! We have decided to make them even bigger and better by combining them with the WTM 40th anniversary celebrations! So, as well as the fantastic destinations and brands hosting parties, we will also host our very own celebrations across all the inspiration zones. Get ready to mingle, dance, and raise a glass to 40 incredible editions of WTM London.
The WTM Festivals begin at 16:30 on Wednesday 6 November, and will be across the entire show floor, so you can’t miss it.
Look out for the stands inviting you to celebrate their wonderful culture, taste their delicious cuisines and cocktails, and most importantly dance to the rhythm of their beats.
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Don’t miss out on…
£3.5billion in business deals
50,000 senior travel professionals
180+ countries and regions
FIVE stages hosting dedicated regional content
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