The 43rd edition of the World Travel Market (WTM), the world’s leading tourism event, begins on November 7 at the Excel Convention and Exhibition Center in London, with more than 3,000 confirmed exhibitors and a larger audience for “more cohesive leisure destinations” “, such as the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal.
According to a statement from the organizers, this edition is expected to facilitate a record number of deals this year, with an increase in the number of new and recurring exhibitors.
New and familiar faces will be present in all areas of the fair. There are over 3,000 confirmed exhibitors, including over 70 exhibitors making their debut at WTM London.
Some of the most prominent newcomers are in the ‘International Hub’ area of the fair, with global representatives from hotel giants such as Hilton and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts.
Thus, the International Hub will host for the first time the Yalago bed bank, part of the Emirates Group, the transport leasing company OK Mobility and the destination manager Intrepid.
WTM Show Director Juliette Losardo confirmed that she will be pleased to welcome new exhibitors to this year’s event as “the participation of new organizations is essential for the advancement of the industry”.
The UK and Ireland Pavilion will double in size over the past year, hosting more than 50 partners and reflecting continued interest in the UK and Ireland as a ‘residence destination and its appeal to incoming visitors’.
The organizers said they were “particularly pleased” to welcome Embratur, the Brazilian travel agency, which was joined by other representatives from destinations as diverse as Kyrgyzstan and Rwanda.
Among the exhibitors participating for the first time in the exhibition are the Uganda Tour Operators Association and representatives of the International Tourism Organization Azadi, who will present the hotels, eco-safaris, villages and climbing available in Iran.
Moreover, this year there will be a greater presence of more cohesive leisure destinations, such as the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal.