Respected travel expert Simon Calder to feature in interactive webinar for WTM Global Hub

Respected travel expert Simon Calder to feature in interactive webinar for  WTM Global Hub

WTM Global Hub – WTM Portfolio’s new online portal – will host a webinar on April 30 with renowned British travel journalist and broadcaster Simon Calder.

Called ‘Travel Update with Simon Calder’, the virtual event will offer attendees the chance to hear his expert views about the impact of COVID-19 on travel and tourism.

Calder is Senior Travel Editor at The Independent and a familiar face on TV, giving informed advice to consumers about the travel industry. He has more than 75,000 followers on Twitter and shares travel news and opinion daily on Facebook and Instagram platforms.

During the webinar, he will share his unique insights and knowledge to analyse the response of travel companies during this crisis. He will also outline possible recovery strategies for different sectors – ranging from cruise and aviation to hotels and travel agents.

He will be interviewed by travel journalist Lisa Francesca Nand, who is also the presenter of the travel podcast, WTM Insights.

Furthermore, there will be an opportunity to pose questions during the webinar to ask for Calder’s authoritative perspective on these unprecedented challenges in tourism.

Claude Blanc, WTM Portfolio Director, said: “Simon is one of the world’s most respected travel journalists, so this webinar offers the WTM community a value opportunity to get his perceptive and knowledgeable guidance doing this crisis.

“He is also a keen supporter and attendee of WTM London, which gives the WTM portfolio’s stakeholders a diverse range of opportunity to ask B2B travel questions as well.

“With news from some countries about lockdown measures being eased, it will be productive for attendees to learn about potential roadmaps for different destinations and sectors.

“The webinar also demonstrates our resolute commitment to offer rich, compelling virtual events to keep us all connected.”

Launched on April 23, WTM Global Hub aims to support travel industry professionals around the world.

Travel Update with Simon Calder’ starts at 2pm BST on April 30 and will be the second webinar on the resource platform. The first will be a webinar on April 28 by Oxford Economics – a leader in global forecasting and quantitative analysis – with a focus on the situation in Europe.

WTM Portfolio – the parent brand for WTM London, WTM Latin America, Arabian Travel Market, WTM Africa, Travel Forward and other key travel trade events – is tapping into its global network of experts to create exceptional content for the hub.

Part of the Global Hub content will be provided in Spanish and Portuguese by WTM Latin America, which will also be adding Latin American webinars.

Along with interactive webinars, other content from industry experts includes podcasts; a library of videos; blogs; responsible tourism and travel technology news; and ‘Your Travel Community’, featuring positive updates from travel professionals about how they are supporting the industry and others.

WTM Global Hub can be found at .

#IdeasArriveHere #TogetherWeStand #OneTravelIndustry #RoadToRecovery #TravelIndustry #EuropeanTourism #SaveTourism #TogetherInTravel

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World Travel Market (WTM) Portfolio comprises nine leading travel events across four continents, generating more than $7.5 billion of industry deals. The events are:

WTM London, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend three-day exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry. Around 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international media visit ExCeL London every November, generating over £3.71 billion in travel industry contracts.

Next event: Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th November 2020 – London #IdeasArriveHere

Travel Forward London is the leading travel technology event, co-located with WTM London. Travel Forward is renowned for showcasing the next-generation technologies for the travel, tourism and hospitality industry. Over 19,000 travel officials and 150+ innovative solution providers attend for 3 days of cutting-edge insights, open debate and unrivalled networking opportunities. The combination of a 2-day conference, interactive exhibition and Startup showcase makes Travel Forward truly unique.

Next event: Monday 2nd to Wednesday 4th November 2020 – London #NeverStandStill

BorderlessLive is the festival where content creators, brands and the travel community join each other to learn, collaborate, create, inspire and be inspired. This one-of-a-kind event is open to all who have a keen interest in social media, travel, lifestyle, hospitality, tourism and the future of digital influencer marketing.

Next event: Friday 11th September to Saturday 12th September 2020 – Tobacco Dock, London

London Travel Week, brought to you by WTM London, is the one-stop-shop for event hosts and visitors to be able to shape the next 12 months of travel together. The festival of events supports the global travel and tourism industry through capturing invaluable news and enhancing industry connections.

Next event: Friday 30th October to Thursday 6th November 2020

Arabian Travel Market (ATM), now on its 27th year, continues to be the focal point for the Middle East’s resilient and ever-changing travel and tourism landscape and prides itself on being the hub of all travel and tourism ideas – providing a platform to discuss insights on the ever-changing industry, share innovations and unlock endless business opportunities. While the live show has been postponed to 16-19 May 2021, ATM will keep the industry connected by running an ATM Virtual Event from 1-3 June 2020 featuring webinars, live conference sessions, speed networking events, one-on-one meetings, plus so much more – keeping the conversations going and delivering new connections and business opportunities online.

Next events: ATM Virtual Event: Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd June 2020

Live ATM: Sunday 16th to Wednesday 19th May 2021 – Dubai #IdeasArriveHere

WTM Latin America attracts around 19,000 participants – 11,586 unique. The trade show, which takes place in São Paulo, has a worldwide audience that meets to establish the direction of the travel industry. The event is recognised for attracting a high level of professionals from the segment, including buyers and travel agents. It also offers programmes with qualified content and plenty of opportunities for networking and generating business that is relevant to the travel industry

Next event: 20 – 22 October 2020 – Expo Center Norte, São Paulo

WTM Africa launched in 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. More than 6,000 travel industry professionals attend Africa’s leading inbound and outbound travel and tourism market. WTM Africa delivers a proven mix of hosted buyers, media, pre-scheduled appointments, on-site networking, evening functions and invited travel trade visitors.

Next event: 2021 – Cape Town

Reed Exhibitions is a leading global events business. It combines face-to-face with data and digital tools to help customers learn about markets, source products and complete transactions at over 500 events in almost 30 countries across 43 industry sectors, attracting more than 7 million participants.

Our events, organized by 35 global offices, leverage industry expertise, large data sets and technology to enable our customers to generate billions of dollars of revenues for the economic development of local markets and national economies around the world. Reed Exhibitions is part of RELX, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries.

Reed Travel Exhibitions is the world’s leading travel and tourism event’s organiser with a growing portfolio of more than 20 international travel and tourism trade events in Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Our events are market leaders in their sectors, whether it is global and regional leisure travel trade events, or specialist events for meetings, incentives, conference, events (MICE) industry, business travel, LGBTQ+ travel, luxury travel, travel technology as well as golf and spa travel. We have over 35 years’ experience in organising world-leading travel exhibitions.

More information, please contact:

Natalia Hartmann – WTM Portfolio Press & PR


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