World Travel Market 2013, the leading global event for the travel industry, has been voted UKinbound’s Travel Trade Event of the Year at the association’s annual Gala Dinner for the fourth year in succession.
The awards, which took place at the association’s annual convention at Blackpool Pleasure Beach last week, were voted for by its board of UKinbound members.
World Travel Market triumphed in the Travel Trade Event of the Year category.
World Travel Market 2013 was a phenomenal year, experiencing an impressive 5% increase in participants with the event opening its doors to more than 50,000 delegates over the four days (Monday 4 – Thursday 7 November).
All visitor groups experienced growth, according to audited figures, with the WTM Buyers’ Club seeing a phenomenal 8% increase. This increase in senior buyers at WTM 2013 will see the event facilitate more than £2 billion in industry deals.
Many other winners on the night comprised of well-known WTM Exhibitors such as JacTravel for best Tour Operator of the Year, The View from The Shard for winning New Member of the Year and Tourism Marketing Company made for winning Service Provider of the Year.
VisitBritain also walked away with two awards, one for Destination Marketing Company of the Year and Best Trade Initiative of the Year.
World Travel Market Senior Exhibition Director Simon Press said: “I am delighted WTM was voted UKinbound’s Travel Trade Event of the Year for the fourth year running.
“WTM 2013 was a great success with many new exhibitors and a 5% increase in the number of visitors, attracting more than 50,000 people over the four days.
“It is also fantastic to see WTM Exhibitors such as JacTravel, The View From The Shard, made and VisitBritain being recognised for their excellence and contribution to the Industry.
“Recognition from the UKinbound’s members – who are some of the event’s key exhibitors and visitors – demonstrates what a great event for the industry WTM 2013 was and we’re looking forward to an even bigger and better event this year.”
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About World Travel Market
World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend four-day business-to-business exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry.
More than 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, embark on ExCeL – London every November to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM.
WTM, now in its 35th year, is the event where the travel industry conducts and concludes its deals.
WTM 2013 generated more than £2 billion of travel industry contracts, revealed independent research by Fusion Communications.
WTM is owned by the world’s leading events organiser Reed Exhibitions (RE), which organises a other portfolio’s of travel industry events including IBTM Events, the world’s leading showcases for the meetings and events industry and International Luxury Travel Market events.
In 2013, RE held more than 500 events in 40 countries bringing together more than six million people from around the world generating billions of dollars in business.
Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry, with a wide-ranging portfolio of 21 international events in 14 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa.
Its market-leading, business-to-business events cover all elements of travel and tourism, including leisure travel, luxury travel, meetings, events, incentives and business travel, as well as golf, ski and spa travel.
RTE is part of Reed Exhibitions.