Those wishing to participate in the first edition of the Word Travel Market (WTM) Virtual, taking place from November 9-11, 2020, can now register for the event.
WTM Virtual will provide access to a variety of online conference sessions, briefings and meetings, as well as access to London Travel Week Virtual – a set of events designed to celebrate the travel and tourism industry, taking place between October 30 and November 5.
WTM Virtual will replace the live events of WTM London, Travel Forward and London Travel Week. The platform will follow the WTM Portfolio’s purpose and pledges to offer the best opportunities for travel industry professionals to connect, learn and do business.
WTM Virtual will be accessible from 07:00 until 22:000 GMT, allowing professionals from different time zones to participate.
Combined, WTM Virtual and London Travel Week will offer an extensive conference programme of nearly 50 sessions streamed live online and on demand with the majority of the sessions open to all.
Some of the virtual event visitors will also be able to access and watch include the UNWTO, WTTC and WTM Ministers’ Summit; Responsible Tourism sessions; the International Tourism and Investment Conference – ITIC; destination briefings and press conferences from all over the world; aviation sessions with Ryanair and JetBlue CEOs; the Travel Forward Virtual technology conference; the London Travel Week Virtual Content Creators Summit; and the PR Summit.
Trade delegates can opt to upgrade their access package for a small fee in order to have five pre-scheduled meetings with exhibitors. These one-to-one video meetings will last for half-an-hour and take place during WTM Virtual.
Enthusing on the innovative event was senior director, WTM London, Simon Press: “Thousands of travel trade professionals from around the globe will take part in WTM Virtual, as we all come together online to help our industry recover, rebuild and innovate. This is an excellent opportunity for industry leaders to connect and collaborate across the industry to confirm, predict and tackle pressing business issues and trends; conduct business transactions, form trusted partnerships, and provide opportunities for business growth.
Press added: “Building on our 40 years of experience, we are crafting an unmissable event designed to help delegates seal deals and create a roadmap to recovery.”
The WTM Virtual event will comprise four virtual theatres to host webinars and debates, including the popular annual Responsible Tourism session.
This year’s Travel Forward Virtual will run with a ‘Resilience, Innovation, Response’ theme, offering delegates a free technology exhibition, conference sessions and speed networking for start-ups to meet investors.
Press explained that there will be even more opportunities to learn and network during London Travel Week: “It features six Speed Networking sessions so exhibitors, brands and destinations can meet before the virtual show and build business connections. London Travel Week will also host virtual awards ceremonies, such as the World Travel Leaders’ Awards and the Responsible Tourism Awards. Furthermore, the week will see summits about wellness, BAME tourism and LGBT travel – as well as destination briefings, press conferences and PR Summit.”