First look at WTM London Conference Programme 2021

First look at WTM London Conference Programme 2021

WTM London has released a sneak preview of the main live events that will take place on the WTM Global Stage at ExCeL London, 1 – 3 November 2021.

Findings from the official WTM London Industry Report will be revealed and as delegates have come to expect from previous years, it is THE must-read report for anyone who wants the inside information on what the industry and UK holidaymakers are thinking about, what’s important to them and where they want to travel next year and beyond.

Market research company Euromonitor International is also set to reveal their new Innovation report, an annual highlight for all visitor types to learn from and enjoy.

Aviation sessions, organised by WTM’s aviation expert, John Strickland will take-off on the Global Stage. “WTM’s BIG Airline Session” focuses on the state of play, the challenges and the outlook for the sector which is still in deep crisis due to the COVID pandemic. The airline CEO interview takes place straight after, with leading industry executives discussing how they are managing the crisis; how they are helping customer confidence return and their vision for the future.

Two key destinations will take centre stage at WTM with the WTM China Forum organised by China Travel Online, looking at China’s recovery and reopening, market trends and key factors to attract Chinese visitors. Followed by two exciting sessions on up and coming destination Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia’s Tourism Vision and Saudi Giga Projects Put Sustainability First.

A fundamental part of WTM London will be the extremely well respected and highly anticipated Responsible Tourism session and Awards. The travel industry has never had a better opportunity to embrace a sustainable future, so these sessions could not come at a better time and are certainly ones not to be missed.

The UNWTO, WTTC & WTM Ministers’ Summit will return for 2021, entitled – Investing in Tourism’s Sustainable Future. The Summit will unite tourism ministers, sector leaders and top thinkers and examine tourism’s sustainable future and the essential role targeted ‘green investments’ will play in achieving this.

An afternoon dedicated to, Winning customers and making money in travel in 2022, is on the schedule and will consist of separate sessions organised by Travel Perspective, looking at how broken business models can be fixed and the future of advertising

Other key topics and unmissable sessions around Travel Agents, Brexit and the future of the travel industry workforce will also take place to round-off the three days of top quality content.

Charlotte Alderslade, Conference and Seminar Manager, WTM Portfolio commented: “With pent-up demand for 2022, it’s crucial to ensure travel providers and destinations are one step ahead when it comes to planning for the future, so this year we have a real an emphasis on research, trends and the future of travel.

“We’re extremely excited to reunite with the industry as well as welcoming some top CEO’s and C-level speakers to our sessions, with the likes of Expedia, TUI and BBC already on-board for 2021. WTM London is the ideal platform to present this thought provoking and top quality educational content to help get destinations and companies back on track.”


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:

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

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

Travel Forward 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

WTM 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

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

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 Hubis 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.

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