The World Travel Market in London is getting ready this year
Published on: Monday, June 13, 2022
The organizers of World Travel Market London (WTM London 2022) hailed the remarkable performance of the sister events in April and May. These two event projects and their realizations laid the foundation for a successful trade show in London. WTM Latin America 2022 – held in Brazil from April 5-7 – was the biggest edition of the event ever. It was quickly followed by WTM Africa 2022, held April 11-13 in South Africa, which hosted more pre-scheduled fixtures than in 2019.
Last month saw the Arabian Travel Market (ATM) in Dubai, during which the number of visitors reached 23,000 – more than double the last edition.
With the slogan “Reshaping Travel Together”, the World Travel Market London will be an all-live event, taking place at ExCeL London from November 7-9; showing how the sector has evolved and how to seize the opportunities of a post-pandemic world.
Vasyl Zhygalo, WTM and IBTM Portfolio Manager, said the great successes seen at WTM Latin America, WTM Africa and ATM show that there is huge demand from travel professionals around the world to meet face to face at face – doing business, networking and discovering the opportunities as the industry recovers and in many cases exceeds 2019 levels. These exceptional events are a great stepping stone for us to make WTM London 2022 better than ever.
Juliette Losardo, Exhibition Manager at World Travel Market London, said the feedback we have received from exhibitors and visitors regarding our spring events demonstrates the desire to re-engage face to face, as the travel industry rebuild better. We can see how some of our latest technology developments have helped delegates make the most of their time and enabled them to network effectively, delivering a significant return on investment. They are now focused on working with industry partners around the world to deliver an event that paves the way to reshape travel and help the sector create a strong, sustainable future.
Danielle Curtis, ME Exhibition Director for ATM, said innovation, sustainability, technology and talent development were key themes at the four-day event in Dubai last month. “As well as doubling our visitor numbers year-on-year, ATM 2022 welcomed 1,500 exhibitors and attendees from 150 countries,” she said.
These numbers are particularly impressive given the lockdowns still taking place in China and other destinations.
WTM Latin America 2022, held in São Paulo, attracted 20,000 travel professionals over the three days of the show.
Excluding professionals from the 565 exhibiting companies, 15,204 visitors were welcomed, up 10% compared to 2019.
Simon Mayle, director of WTM Latin America, said the 2022 edition has established itself as one of the most important in the history of the event, which also reinforces the signs of a positive outlook for tourism. .
Themes explored during the show included diversity and inclusion, responsible tourism and travel technology – and there were training and practical information sessions for agents and buyers.
WTM Africa 2022 facilitated over 7,000 unique pre-scheduled appointments (both online and in-person), up over 7% from 2019.
Megan Oberholzer, Portfolio Director: Travel, Tourism and Creative Industries, RX Africa, said: “The 2022 edition of WTM Africa and Africa Travel Week was the first inbound and outbound travel trade show of this magnitude held on the continent. African since the epidemic. of the pandemic in 2022.
The event featured 187 speakers and over 63 content sessions that highlighted important topics such as inclusivity, diversity, travel technology and investing.
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