Following a hugely successful inaugural event, The International Travel & Tourism Awards (ITTAs) will return bigger and better in 2019 celebrating excellence in the travel and tourism industry in a brand-new venue.
The ITTAs will take place on the evening of Tuesday 5 November during the week of WTM London (Monday 4 – Wednesday 6 November 2019).
After a phenomenal first year which saw the likes of Canary Islands Tourism, VisitFlanders, Turismo do Centro de Portugal, Geotourist and Air Canada walk away with gold awards in front of an audience of 500 senior industry professionals, the second event will again recognise the success of national, regional and city tourist boards as well as outstanding private sector companies and individuals.
This year’s Awards are being held at Magazine London, a brand new modern event space for the capital, the largest of its kind in London. Magazine London offers the ITTAs the space to grow and attract an even larger audience. The new location is also just a stone’s throw away from ExCeL – London, making it quick and easy for WTM London delegates to travel to the ITTAs.
Following feedback a new award for Best Attraction has been added to the categories. Other categories include Best Tourism Board Campaign, Most innovative use of technology, Best Agency for Tourism Marketing, Best Regional Campaign, Best City Campaign, Best Digital Strategy in Tourism, Best Digital Influencer Campaign and Best PR campaign. Awards categories will open for entries on Friday 1 March.
Also new for 2019, a high profile Advisory Committee has been put in place to help shape and steer the Awards and take them to the next level. Committee members include responsible tourism Professor Harold Goodwin, Ken Robinson CBE, Wellness Tourism Association President Anne Dimon, Kieron Dodd formerly of Telegraph Travel, Travel Weekly, News International and Great British Chefs and Ian Johnson, CEO of LGBT Consultancy, Out Now. The Committee will be chaired by ITTAs founders Paul Nelson and Charlotte Alderslade.
Other categories available to enter which reflect the WTM London official events programme, include Best in Wellness, Best in Responsible Tourism, Best in Adventure Tourism, Best in Food Tourism and Best in LGBT Tourism.
A final award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry, nominated for by WTM London Media Partners, will be the ultimate finale to these show-stopping awards.
Organised by WTM London, with the support of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), along with an independent panel of expert judges, the awards will showcase the best in class of the global travel and tourism industry, in front of an audience of senior industry professionals.
International Travel & Tourism Awards, co-founder, Paul Nelson, said: “We are delighted to announce the return of the ITTAs in 2019 after such a hugely successful launch in 2018.
“The ITTAs are really the only opportunity to celebrate and reward those destinations and private sector companies who go above and beyond with their global campaigns and strategies and see outstanding results, which deserve to be recognised.
“WTM London is the perfect backdrop for this as more than 50,000 senior travel and tourism industry professionals from 182 countries are in London to conduct more than £3 billion in business deals.”
International Travel & Tourism Awards (ITTAs), presented by WTM London , celebrate the success of national, regional and city tourist boards and recognise outstanding private sector companies and individuals. Now in their second year, the awards will showcase the best in class of the global travel & tourism industry at the new venue, Magazine London on Tuesday 5 November 2019. https://awards.wtm.com/
About World Travel Market
World Travel Market (WTM) portfolio comprises six leading B2B events across four continents, generating more than $7 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. About 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international media visit ExCeL London every November, generating about £3.1 billion of travel industry contracts. http://london.wtm.com/. Next event: 4-6 November 2019 – London.
Travel Forward is a new travel technology event co-located with WTM London 2018 and part of the WTM portfolio of events. The inaugural Travel Forward conference, exhibition and buyer programme will take place on 4–6 November 2019 at ExCeL London, showcasing next-generation technology for travel and hospitality. http://travelforward.wtm.com/.
WTM Latin America attracts about 9,000 senior executives and generates about US$374 million of new business. Taking place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, this show attracts a global audience to meet and shape the direction of the travel industry. More than 8,000 unique visitors attend the event to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry news. http://latinamerica.wtm.com/. Next event: 2-4 April 2019 – Sao Paulo.
WTM Africa launched in 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. Nearly 5,000 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. http://africa.wtm.com/.
Next event: 10-12 April 2019 – Cape Town.
Arabian Travel Market is the leading international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. ATM 2018 attracted almost 40,000 industry professionals, with representation from 141 countries over the four days. The 25th edition of ATM showcased over 2,500 exhibiting companies across 12 halls at Dubai World Trade Centre. Arabian Travel Market 2019 will take place in Dubai from Sunday, 28th April to Wednesday, 1st May 2019. To find out more, please visit: www.arabiantravelmarket.wtm.com.
CONNECT Middle East, India & Africa is a new route development forum co-located with Arabian Travel Market 2019. The inaugural event – taking place on 30th April and 1st May 2019 in Dubai – will include unlimited one-to-one pre-scheduled appointments, a conference programme, panel discussions and airline & industry briefings as well as an exhibition area dedicated to airport and suppliers.
About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events business, enhancing the power of face-to-face through data and digital tools at more than 500 events a year, in more than 43 countries, attracting more than seven million participants. Reed’s events are held in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 41 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.
About Reed Travel Exhibitions
Reed Travel Exhibitions is the world’s leading travel and tourism events organiser with a growing portfolio of more than 22 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 they are global and regional leisure travel trade events, or specialist events for meetings, incentives, conference, events (MICE) industry, business travel, luxury travel, travel technology as well as golf, spa and ski travel. We have more than 35 years’ experience in organising world-leading travel exhibitions.