By Netpal Travel Bureau
World Travel Market London (WTM) to hold on November, 7-9, 2022, expects to facilitate a record number of deals this year. The number of new and returning exhibitors grows, creating it a must-to-attend event for the travel buyers from across the globe.
Across all areas of the exhibition floor, new faces will be present, as well as familiar ones. There are more than 3000+ exhibitors confirmed, more than 70 of which are making their WTM London debut.
Some of the highest-profile new participants can be found in the ‘International Hub’ region of the show, with global representatives from hotel giants like Hilton and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts. International Hub, for the first time, will host bed-bank Yalago – part of the Emirates Group, transport rental firm, OK Mobility and destination management company, Intrepid.
The public, private and hybrid destination management companies and the tourist boards are making their presence felt at this year’s event. The organisers are particularly delighted to welcome back the Brazilian tourist board, Embratur, with other returnees representing destinations as diverse as Kyrgyzstan and Rwanda.
First-time destination-driven exhibitors include the Association of Ugandan Tour Operators and representatives from the Azadi International Tourism Organization, showcasing hotels, eco safaris, villages and climbing tours available in Iran.
Elsewhere, there will be a greater presence this year from the more established leisure destinations like the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal. The UK and Ireland stand will be twice the size of 2021, hosting more than 50 partners and reflecting the continuing interest in the UK and Ireland as a staycation destination and its appeal for inbound visitors.
This year’s technology hall will include for the first time Sojourn, one of the world’s leading travel-specific marketing platforms. UK-based Vamp, which helps travel companies work with influencers and US-based car rental aggregator Sofiac are among the dozen or so technology businesses also testing the WTM London waters.
Juliette Losardo, WTM London Exhibition Director, said:
“We are elated to welcome brand new exhibitors to this year’s event – new organisations participating is essential to moving the sector forward, as well as being very pleased to see some of our long term loyal exhibitors return. These new and returning participants come from all corners of the globe – there are now exhibitors from more than 100 countries confirmed.”
WTM London 2022 will have a number of specific initiatives designed to help buyers get the most out of their time at ExCeL London. The ever-popular speed networking event takes place on the first two days of the show (Monday 7 November and Tuesday 8 November). A dedicated lounge will be available to The Buyers Club and buyers will have access to WTM Connect Me – a platform to schedule meetings ahead of arrival.
Losardo continued: “Buyers attending this year’s WTM London have the chance to meet with thousands of potential clients, reconnect with industry peers and come away inspired with new ideas. 2022 promises to be one of the most important WTM’s to date.”