WTM & TF Virtual will take place on 8-9 November 2021, following the in-person events taking place at ExCel from 1-3 November
WTM London and Travel Forward will play a leading role in uniting the global travel industry, in one of the first face-to-face gatherings for the international travel and tourism sector since the start of the global pandemic.
For those who cannot attend the in-person events taking place at ExCeL London on Monday, November 1 – Wednesday, November 3, 2021, this year’s WTM and TF are hybrid events, with WTM & TF Virtual – a two-day virtual event designed with one-on-one meetings, networking and business opportunities at heart.
WTM & TF Virtual will take place a week later than WTM London and Travel Forward, on 8-9 November and will be running from 07:00-22:00 GMT to allow travel and tourism visitors to access at different times zones across the globe.
All seminars and conference sessions taking place at the WTM London in-person event will be hosted on demand on the virtual platform. In addition, WTM & TF Virtual will bring buyers and delegates together for unique networking opportunities and one-to-one video meetings.
This means WTM & TF Virtual will be pivotal to the industry’s road to recovery, giving the global travel and tourism trade the perfect platform to reconnect, rebuild and innovate.
Buyers will be able to request meetings with exhibitors and visitors who sign up for WTM Virtual. Visitors will be allowed to request up to five meetings free of charge.
One organisation that is grasping the opportunities WTM Virtual brings is China Travel Online – a leading outbound travel portal that connects travel suppliers worldwide to Chinese operators and professionals, and has become WTM London’s newest buyer partner and media partner in China.
The new partnership means China Travel Online will invite up to 50 Chinese buyers to network and do business with suppliers and destinations across the globe during WTM Virtual.
Marcus Lee, Chief Executive at China Travel Online, said: “Becoming the China buyer partner and media partner means that our profile will be raised around the world.
“It enables us to help many Chinese buyers to make new business connections and seal important deals as the travel industry looks to rebuild in 2022.
Simon Press, WTM London Exhibition Director, said: “Face-to-face networking is back, but for those unable to attend the in-person event, the WTM & TF Virtual gives delegates the opportunity to network, seal deals and capitalise on the enormous opportunities for growth in 2022 and 2023.
“It’s also an opportunity for those who attend the in-person event to follow-up on conversations that started at ExCel.
“WTM Virtual 2020 was a great success and this year our virtual platform is focusing on one-to-one meetings and networking to make it easy for people to do business, no matter where they are.”
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 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://inside.exceptionalexperiences.net/
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