“It will be a different way of networking this year… WTM Virtual and Travel Forward Virtual will set the scene for recovery and innovation in 2021 and beyond.” – WTM London’s Simon Press
Travel companies and tourist boards from around the world are preparing to set out their stalls at WTM Virtual, the new platform of London’s World Travel Market (WTM), an announcement by organizer Reed Exhibitions said.
Replacing the WTM London 2020 live exhibition, WTM Virtual has been 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 will embrace the global leading travel shows in one platform.
The event is scheduled to take place November 9-11 and will launch with the travel technology event Travel Forward Virtual. Originally known as Travel Forward London, the event is renowned for showcasing the next-generation technologies for the travel, tourism and hospitality industry.
According to Reed Exhibitions, thousands of travel professionals are due to take part in the online events, to showcase their destinations, services and tours to delegates from across the globe.
“Now, more than ever, it is vital to restore and develop business connections, expand your network and find out about companies that can help your recovery in 2021,” WTM London’s Senior Director Simon Press said.
The tourism board of Andalusia – WTM Virtual’s Premier Partner for 2020 – has confirmed that 40 companies will share its stand to help promote products and services from the popular Spanish region.
The USA will be showcasing its destination via the USA Pavilions with other important main stand holders such as Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority.
Other main stand-holders include the tourism authorities of countries as varied as Canada, Indonesia, Korea, Bulgaria, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Portugal, the Philippines, a host of Caribbean countries and Costa Rica. These are each bringing more than 20 stand-holders from their nations.
Meanwhile, companies offering tours, accommodation and tourism services have also taken main stands for next month’s online event.
“We’re delighted to welcome these exhibitors to WTM Virtual and Travel Forward so they can meet senior buyers and potential business partners from across the globe,” Press said.
“It will be a different way of networking this year but the WTM Portfolio team has hosted many successful virtual events during this pandemic, so exhibitors and visitors are guaranteed to have a rewarding experience. WTM Virtual and Travel Forward Virtual will set the scene for recovery and innovation in 2021 and beyond,” he added.