World Travel Market 2013, the leading global event for the travel industry, will generate £453m of business for exhibitors in its Global Village region, reveals independent research.
The Global Village covers travel and tourism businesses with a global presence, such as major hotel chains, industry organisations, educational institutions and car hire companies.
Independent analysis by Fusion Communications of the WTM 2013 Global Village region reveals £453m of contracts will be generated, either through deals signed at the event with WTM Buyers’ Club members or from further negotiations which will conclude before the start of WTM 2014.
The 2013 business generated figure of £453m represents a double-digit percentage increase on 2012’s return of £410m.
New exhibitors in the Global Village for 2013 included UK-based city card specialist Groundline Enterprises and Canadian poolside security device manufacturer Pool Safe Inc.
Global Village exhibitors were strongly represented at the WTM Speed Networking events on the Monday and Thursday of WTM 2013. On the Monday exhibitors took advantage of the chance to meet contacts briefly before the event opened and arrange a more detailed discussion later. While on the Thursday exhibitors were able to tie up those last minute deals and meet buyers they hadn’t spoken to over the first three days of WTM.
Overall WTM 2013 will generate £2.2bn of business for all exhibitors before WTM 2014 opens on November 3.
The 2014 Global Village region has also signed several new exhibitors in January, including Maltese accommodation agency Busyrooms and international B2B group specialist G2 Travel.
Returning to the Global Village with increased stand space are Travco and Special Tours.
World Travel Market, Senior Director, Simon Press said: “The Global Village region is an important part of WTM, and we are delighted that exhibitors are reporting an increase in the amount of contracts signed and deals delivered. Early indications are that many successful exhibitors are planning to return for 2014 and we are also expecting to welcome a few new names to the line-up.”
““The amount of business WTM 2013 conducted for all our exhibitors is phenomenal and a testament to WTM’s role in facilitating business on a truly global scale.”
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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.