By Netpal Media Bureau
Expanding the opportunity for business to be conducted across the event, all three days of WTM London 2018 will kick off with a Speed Networking session before the exhibition floor opens.
The first day of WTM London, Nov 5, starts with the traditional regional speed networking event, with more than 200 buyers taking tables split by exhibition floor geographies they purchase. In 2017, around 1,000 exhibitors attended the first day morning speed networking session.
Nov 6, sees a sector-specific speed networking event, with niches including responsible tourism, food tourism, adventure tourism and wedding and honeymoons covered. Buyers seat based on the sectors they purchase.
To attend two buyers’ speed networking sessions, exhibitors purchase tickets worth £125. The ticket is a company ticket and can be transferred between company representatives. Tickets need to be allocated to company personnel in advance of both sessions. In 2017, exhibitors purchased tickets for £250 for access to the first 30 minutes of both sessions.
Simon Press, Senior Director, WTM London, informed, ‘Speed Networking has proved incredibly popular since we first launched it at WTM London back in 2010 that we have continued to expand the programme. WTM London 2018 offers three speed networking events before the exhibition floor opens each day, expanding the opportunities for exhibitors to negotiate and conclude business deals at the event.’
‘WTM London 2017 generated almost £3.1 billion in industry deals and this year it’s expected to facilitate a record value of business for the travel and tourism industry,’ he further mentioned.
The WTM Buyers’ Speed Networking event and the WTM Buyers’ Club are sponsored by ENIT – the Italian Tourist Board.
The final day of WTM London, Nov 7, sees the highly successful WTM Digital Influencers’ Speed Networking return for its fifth year. The event, sponsored by Turkish Culture and Tourism Office sees 120 leading digital influencers discuss how they can help promote exhibitors’ destinations and products to their legions of loyal followers.
All three events will take place before the exhibition floor opens at 9am at the Networking Area, giving exhibitors an extra hour to discuss and conclude business deals at WTM London. WTM London facilitates almost £3.1 billion in industry deals.