WTM London opens the doors of its face-to-face edition

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WTM London opens the doors of its face-to-face edition
Source: Twitter @WTM_London
November 01, 2021

Over 100 countries are represented by exhibitors at the leading travel and tourism industry event held at ExCeL London through Wednesday 3 November

Thousands of travel industry professionals from over 140 countries are preparing to visit WTM London next week. Representatives from more than 141 countries and regions have signed up for the Buyers' Club. 

Exhibitors represent a wide range of tourism businesses and organizations, including tourism boards, hotel chains, cruise lines, DMCs, and major attractions, and many will host partners at their booths to support more business ventures. little.

Europe leads the way, with representatives from nearly 30 countries attending as exhibitors, from top destinations like France, Greece and Spain and from smaller ones like Sardinia, Armenia and Gibraltar.

A further 38 countries from further afield will be represented, from top destinations like the US and India, and smaller niche exhibitors representing tourism businesses and organizations in countries like the Falklands, Galapagos and Iran.

In addition to popular tourist hotspots, the US Pavilion will welcome 15 partners, including Walt Disney Swan & Dolphin, the Louisiana Office of Tourism, Memphis Tourism and Visit Mississippi. Visit Florida, LAS Vegas and NYC & Company will also be exhibiting, as well as Cruise America, one of the most popular recreational vehicle companies in Canada and the United States.

All continents are presented, with exhibitors from Central and South American countries such as Peru and Guatemala; from African nations like Tanzania and South Africa and North Africa, Egypt, from Asia, like Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia.

Emerging destinations will be represented at WTM London, such as Japan and its capital, which are eager to capitalize on the legacy of the highly popular Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The Middle East and Gulf regions are well represented with countries such as the United Arab Emirates, with Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman and Fujairah, in addition to Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.

Regions that rely heavily on tourism are well represented, such as the Indian Ocean, with exhibitors from countries such as Sri Lanka, Maldives, and the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization booth will be shared by the tourism offices of Saint Lucia, Cayman Islands, Martinique, as well as providers such as the new Tradewind Voyages cruise line and properties such as Sunswept Resort St Lucia and Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort.

Delegates will also meet with exhibitors from the Bahamas, Barbados and Jamaica tourist offices.

Exhibitors from India include the Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka tourism boards and tourism and hospitality companies.

Madhya Pradesh Tourism Board Managing Director Sheo Shekhar Shukla will lead a high-level delegation at WTM London, showcasing the state's ecotourism, culture and regenerative tourism initiatives.

Meanwhile, Karnataka will highlight its culture, wildlife, beaches, wellness tourism, monuments and temples.

Simon Press, Exhibition Director WTM London & Travel Forward, said: "It is exciting to see so many exhibitors coming to London to connect with buyers, suppliers and the media."

“The UK government has relaxed many of its travel restrictions and removed its traffic light system, making it easier for delegates to come in person, and the loosening of restrictions around the world means there are strong indicators and high hopes. of a solid recovery in 2022 ".

"Our research reveals that there is a high pent-up consumer demand for travel, so WTM London exhibitors will be able to generate valuable face-to-face business and contacts for the first time in two years."

"Destinations can showcase their attractions to tourism companies and media colleagues around the world as the sector comes together to rebuild and innovate."

"The time is now. There has never been a better time to reconnect."

For those unable to attend in person, WTM & TF Virtual will be held online November 8-9, offering more networking and business opportunities.

WTM London will also host the Travel Forward conference focusing on technology driving the industry recovery and the International Tourism and Investment Conference (ITIC), which will host the investment summit "Invest Finance Restart" (1-2 November) where investors, opinion leaders, destinations and entrepreneurs will meet.


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