World Travel Market London 2015: Travel leaders to explore key industry issues

An exhibition not to be missed, this year’s World Travel Market London (WTM London) will be featuring a number of influential movers and shakers from the global travel industry, who are set to discuss various key issues affecting the trade.

At WTM London 2015, two ‘World Travel Leaders’ sessions are scheduled to take place, as well as a ceremony to present the World Travel Leaders Awards to those that have strongly contributed to the global travel and tourism industry over the lifetime of WTM.

Titled ‘Asia – Inbound and Outbound Travel – Growing Globally’, the first WTM World Travel Leaders session, sponsored by Korean Tourism Organisation, will shed light on the new Asian powerhouses of the global leisure travel market. Moderated by global strategic advisor Anita Mendiratta, who is the founder and managing director of Cachet Consulting, the panel debate will discuss crucial issues driving this growth, now and in the future, and how to take advantage of the expansion.

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Panelists include: chairman and general director, Tran Trong Kien, Thien Minh Group (Buffalo Tours); chief executive, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), Mario Hardy; group chief executive, Cox & Kings, Peter Kerkar; and founder and chief executive, Wendy Wu Tours, Wendy Wu.

Following this debate will be the WTM World Travel Leaders Awards. Three nominations from each of WTM’s media partners were judged in September by a panel of three, consisting of an independent body, a representative of WTM and the relevant media partner.

Moving on, the second World Travel Leaders debate, entitled ‘UK Inbound and Domestic Travel – Breaking Records’, will be moderated by chief executive, UKInbound, Deirdre Wells. Panellists from successful companies in the sector will investigate why the UK has seen significant growth and record tourist numbers over recent years, and how to benefit from future expansion.

Speakers include: chief executive, JacTravel, Terry Williamson; chief executive, Shearings Holidays, Denis Wormwell; managing director, City Cruises, Kyle Haughton; and head of travel trade, Bourne Leisure, Neil Davies.

Commenting on the panellists was conference manager, WTM London, Charlotte Sutton: “Only World Travel Market London can attract such a list of high-calibre speakers, and the audience at both sessions will be able to hear directly from travel’s big guns – leading entrepreneurs, powerful corporate figures and industry figureheads.

“Nowhere else can you listen to so many experts and leaders in their fields, and gain vital insights that can help boost your own business.”

The first WTM World Travel Leaders debate and WTM World Travel Leaders Awards will take place on November 3 from 14:30-16:00 on the WTM Global Stage. The second World Travel Leaders debate will follow on November 4, from 15:30 to 16:30 in South Gallery 13 & 14.