Excitement mounts as Travel Forward prepares for blockbuster return to physical event

Excitement mounts as Travel Forward prepares for blockbuster return to physical event

Travel Forward takes place from November 1-3 2021, at ExCeL, London, and will be followed by WTM & TF Virtual on November 8-9.

Travel Forward is ready to welcome travel tech delegates to ExCeL London for what will be one of the strongest and most important events since it was launched in 2017.

For 2021, organisers have seen a surge of interest over the past few months as international restrictions start to be lifted and vaccine rollouts continue. Travel Forward will see companies from around the globe covering a number of travel tech verticals.

Booking software developer CodeGen has been a regular Travel Forward exhibitor and is ready to demonstrate a range of new artificial-intelligence based features which have been added to its products for agents and operators.

Mark Melzack, Head of Sales, CodeGen, said:

“Virtual events have served their purpose during the pandemic, but nothing beats a live trade show for face to face, networking and building relationships. I’m a strong believer in being where your customers are.”

Travel Compositor from Spain is another Travel Forward veteran, and will also be updating the market with the latest upgrades to its “holistic travel sales system” including new features for transportation and cruise companies.

CEO and co-founder Manuel Aragones said that being present at Travel Forward “is like back to life, back to business”.

Another returning exhibitor is GIATA, the German business which provides a portfolio of mapping, descriptive, content and distribution services for hoteliers.

Konstantinos Panagiotakis, Senior Sales Manager at GIATA, said:

“The post Covid phase will bring a lot of changes and now is the right moment for every travel partner to expand their collaboration with multiple hotel providers to offer more competitive pricing.”

Other returning exhibitors include: Cendyn, Ecommpay, Kantox, Lemax, Nitro Travel Solutions, Open Destinations, Rategain, Sabre Hospitality Solutions, Tourplan, Travolution, Vamoos, Voxel and Wild Dog Canvas.

Simon Press, Exhibition Director at Travel Forward, said: “Travel Forward is good to go – we have a strong line-up of speakers on stage and the exhibition floor will play host to some of the most important travel tech companies in the market.”

Highlights from the conference programme include the high-profile Front Runners Travel Tech Competition and Summit, in partnership with World Tourism Foundation Lucerne (WTFL).

He added: “Like many of our exhibitors, the team has also been innovating. New services for exhibitors, such as lead capture app Emperia, reinforces our commitment to helping the market reconnect and rebuild.

“We’ve also got the necessary protocols in place to make sure the event is as safe as we can make it.”

Proof of vaccination or natural immunity, or a negative test will be needed to enter the venue, with organisers requesting that everyone wears masks. PCR testing is available on-site for overseas attendees who need to take a test before returning home.

Press concluded: “We held our nerve and committed whole-heartedly to ensuring that Travel Forward could take place this year, and with days to go there is a palpable buzz of anticipation from exhibitors, staff and the team around getting back to face-to-face meetings, keynote speeches and networking drinks, after eighteen months of working from home and Zoom.”





World Travel Market (WTM) Portfolio comprises leading travel events, online portals and virtual platforms 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. In 2020, WTM Virtual facilitated 20,000+ meetings and held 42 live content sessions over the 3-days show.

Next live event: Monday 1 to 3 November 2021 at ExCel London

Next WTM Virtual: Monday 8 to 9 November 2021 – Virtual


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 start-up showcase makes Travel Forward truly unique.

Next live event: Monday 1 November to Wednesday 3 November 2021 at ExCel London

Next Travel Forward Virtual: Monday 8 November to Tuesday 9 November 2021 – Virtual


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 29 October – Friday 5 November 2021


WTM & TF Virtual, is the WTM Portfolio virtual platform, created to offer global delegates the chance to arrange one-to-one virtual meetings, to do business, attend conference sessions and roundtables, take part in speed networking and more. WTM Virtual embrace the global leading travel shows in one platform.

WTM Latin America takes place annually in São Paulo and attracts around 19,000 tourism professionals during a three-day event. The show offers qualified content, as well as networking and business opportunities. In its ninth edition – the first 100% virtual – WTM Latin America followed its focus on effective business generation and reached the milestone of 4,200 meetings held between buyers, travel agents and exhibitors.

Next event: Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 April 2022 – Expo Center Norte, SP, Brazil


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: Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 April 2022 – Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town http://africa.wtm.com/

Arabian Travel Market (ATM), now on its 29th year, is the leading, international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. ATM 2021 showcased over 1,300 exhibiting companies from 62 countries across nine halls at Dubai World Trade Centre, with visitors from more than 140 countries over the four days. Arabian Travel Market is part of Arabian Travel Week. #IdeasArriveHere

Next in-person event: Sunday 8 to Wednesday 11 May 2022, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai https://www.wtm.com/atm/en-gb.html

Arabian Travel Week is a festival of events taking place within and alongside Arabian Travel Market 2022. Providing a renewed focus for the Middle East’s travel and tourism sector, it includes ATM Virtual, ILTM Arabia, Arival Dubai, Influencers’ events and activations, as well as Travel Forward. It also features the ATM Buyer Forums, ATM Speed Networking Events as well as a series of country summits.


WTM Global Hub, is the new WTM Portfolio online portal created to connect and support travel industry professionals around the world. The resource hub offers the latest guidance and knowledge to help exhibitors, buyers and others in the travel industry face the challenges of the global coronavirus pandemic. WTM Portfolio is tapping into its global network of experts to create content for the hub. https://hub.wtm.com/

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RX is in the business of building businesses for individuals, communities and organisations. We elevate the power of face to face events by combining data and digital products to help customers learn about markets, source products and complete transactions at over 400 events in 22 countries across 43 industry sectors. RX is passionate about making a positive impact on society and is fully committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all our people. RX is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.rxglobal.com


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