Dragon’s Den icon Steven Bartlett to hit the stage at World Travel Market London

Dragon’s Den icon Steven Bartlett to hit the stage at World Travel Market London

Dragon’s Den star and international brand guru Steven Bartlett has been unveiled as a headline speaker at World Travel Market London.

Steven will share extracts from his rapid rise to fame – and the creation of Social Chain, an award winning and innovative social marketing agency, disrupting the way global brands promote to future generations.  ‘An Audience With…Steven Bartlett’ will take place on Tuesday 8 November, at 14:00.

The youngest ever Dragon and 30-year-old entrepreneur is also an investor, author and podcaster.

In August, his podcast – The Diary Of A CEO – exceeded 10 million downloads in a single month.

His podcast has distribution deals with British Airways, Qatar Airlines, Aer Lingus, Air Canada and Iberia. In 2022 alone, guests on the podcast have included Spice Girl Mel C, Lewis Capaldi, Gary Neville, Karren Brady, Jimmy Carr and Bear Grylls.

After dropping out of university, he founded social media marketing agency Social Chain at the age of 21. Social Chain was valued at €186m (£160m) in a public listing in 2019, making Bartlett a multimillionaire at just 27. Social Chain is now valued at $600m and has clients such as Apple, McDonalds and Coca-Cola.

His 2021 memoir, Happy Sexy Millionaire, was a Sunday Times best seller.

As well as investing in e-commerce and biotech firms, he is keen to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs and creators from underrepresented communities.

World Travel Market London Exhibition Director, Juliette Losardo said:

“We’re very excited to announce Steven as headline speaker. I’m confident the audience at World Travel Market will be inspired by his remarkable story, as well as take away actionable insights on how to evolve and promote brands for future generations.

“Many well-known faces have taken the stage at World Travel Market London through its 40-year history, and Steven’s session will continue the legacy of showcasing world class thought leaders to galvanize travel professionals and guide them in pushing boundaries to support the progression of the travel sector.

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World Travel Market (WTM) Portfolio comprises leading travel events, online portals and virtual platforms across four continents. 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. The show facilitates business connections for the global (leisure) travel community. Senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international media visit ExCeL London every November, generating travel industry contracts.

Next live event: Monday 7 to 9 November 2022 at ExCel London


 Arabian Travel Market (ATM), now on its 30th year, is the leading, international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. ATM 2022 attracted over 23,000 visitors and hosted over 30,000 participants including 1,500 exhibitors and attendees from 150 countries, across 10 halls at Dubai World Trade Centre. Arabian Travel Market is part of Arabian Travel Week. #ATMDubai

Next in-person event: Monday 1 to Thursday 4 May 2023, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai


Arabian Travel Week is a festival of events taking place within and alongside Arabian Travel Market 2023. Providing a renewed focus for the Middle East’s travel and tourism sector, it includes ILTM Arabia, ARIVAL Dubai, Influencers’ events and activations, ITIC, GBTA Business Travel Forums, as well as ATM Travel Tech. It also features the ATM Buyer Forums, ATM Speed Networking Events as well as a series of country forums.


 WTM Latin America takes place annually in the city of São Paulo and attracts around 20,000 tourism professionals during the three-day event. The event offers qualified content together with networking and business opportunities. In this its ninth edition – there have been eight face-to-face events along with a 100% virtual one, which was held in 2021 – WTM Latin America continued to focus on effective business generation, and achieved the advance booking of six thousand meetings that were held between buyers, travel agents and exhibitors in 2022.

Next event: Monday April 3rd to Wednesday 5th April 2023 – Expo Center Norte, SP, Brazil


 WTM Africa launched in 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.  In 2022, WTM Africa facilitated more than 7 thousand unique pre-scheduled appointments, an increase of more than 7% compared to 2019 and welcomed more than 6 thousand visitors (unaudited), the same number as in 2019.

Next event: Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 April 2023 – Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town http://africa.wtm.com/

About ATW Connect:  Africa Travel Week’s digital arm, is a virtual hub packed to the seams with interesting content, industry news and insights, and the opportunity to hear from experts on a variety of topics in our new monthly webinar series. All with the aim to keep all of us in the travel and tourism industry connected. ATW Connect focuses on inbound and outbound markets for general leisure tourism, luxury travel, LGBTQ+ travel and the MICE/business travel sector as well as travel technology.


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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