Exhibitors from more than 30 countries around the world have already signed up for WTM London as all key elements of the global travel industry prepare for recovery.
WTM London’s physical show will take place at ExCeL London on Monday, November 1-Wednesday, November 3, 2021, to be followed by WTM Virtual (November 8-9).
Exhibitors hail from 16 European countries plus more than a dozen destinations further afield, such as Peru, China, Israel, Maldives, Russia and the US.
Alongside popular tourism hotspots, there will be exhibitors from smaller and emerging destinations such as the Falkland Islands.
Together, the exhibitors represent a wide range of tourism companies and organisations, including tourist boards, hotel chains, cruise lines, DMCs and major attractions.
Many of them will also host exhibiting partners on their stands, to support smaller enterprises as the sector bounces back from the pandemic.
The Middle East and the Gulf regions are well represented with the likes of Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar and Egypt.
Dr Abdelrazzak Arabiyat, Managing Director of the Jordan Tourism Board, commented:
“WTM London is one of the important exhibitions that the Jordan Tourism Board and its members attend annually to network and meet with the tourism trade and media in the UK and internationally.
“The UK has always been a feeder market for Jordan and is of the top markets that the Jordan Tourism Board focuses on.”
He said almost 60,000 Brits visited the country in 2019, thanks in part to the introduction of the easyJet route from London to Aqaba.
“Jordan is slowly recovering and tourism numbers are starting to pick up once again,” he added.
H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority, said the emirate will be able to showcase its new attractions and health protocols to a global audience at WTM.
“Our attendance is a great sign that events are taking a turn for the better globally.
WTM London, with its large audience of industry professionals, is an ideal platform for us to remind the world that Sharjah remains a favourite family destination and is the go-to emirate for unique experiences, home to cultural attractions, stylish eateries, beautiful beaches and exquisite natural landscapes, offering visitors an authentic glimpse into the traditions and lifestyle of the UAE.”
Raki Phillips, Chief Executive of Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority, commented:
“World Travel Market is one of the most important events for the international travel and tourism industry, and we are delighted to be exhibiting. Despite the challenges the global tourism industry has faced, we are committed to showcasing Ras Al Khaimah to visitors in ways that are meaningful to their travel experiences.
“The UK is one of our top source markets, so we are very much looking forwarded to connecting with key stakeholders, showcasing our work in sustainable tourism development, and outlining our plan in meeting the needs of travellers in the new normal.”
Simon Press, WTM London & Travel Forward Exhibition Director, said:
“This November will be a pivotal time for our sector to come together to reconnect and rebuild.
“All our research shows there is a huge amount of pent-up demand for travel so exhibitors who seize the moment at WTM London will be able to meet fresh contacts, seal lucrative deals and discover innovations and ideas that will reshape travel.
“Destinations can showcase to the rest of the world how they are open for business and support their tourism professionals in driving productive, profitable business relationships.”
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.
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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