World Travel Market London 2015: A successful start

The first day of the World Travel Market London 2015 proved to be a successful day of business deals and networking.

Commenting on the occasion was senior director, World Travel Market London, Simon Press:  “We have had a fantastic start. We had 211 buyers meeting a host of exhibitors for the speed networking session before the event opened this morning, and we have had good feedback from the exhibition floor.

“We expect there will be 1.1 million on-stand meetings this week, generating £2.5 billion in business deals,” Press added.

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On day one, industry bosses gathered to hear the BBC’s Stephen Sackur interview former Manchester United CEO, David Gill at the World Travel Leaders lunch, and leading analysts discussed the latest travel trends at the WTM Forecast Forum.

The event also welcomed senior executives and tourism representatives from key destinations such as Greece, Egypt and Mexico, to share their news about growth in visitor numbers and plans for further expansion in 2016.

Kicking off WTM London 2015 was the speed networking session which enticed large crowds of buyers and sellers.

Head of travel and events, SuperBreak Mini Holidays, David Thomas remarked on the speed networking session: “It’s a great way to start the show. It’s surprising the number of great leads that you can get within half an hour on a Monday morning.”