WTM London and Travel Forward to be Held Virtually in November 2020


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PUBLISHED September 16, 2020 | updated September 16, 2020 00:32

-The shows will take place on 9-11 November and are set to be the main virtual travel trade events of 2020 


-WTM Virtual to feature one-to-one meetings, conference sessions, roundtables and speed networking 


 

World Travel Market (WTM) 2020 has been announced be held from 9-11 November 2020. Due to the continuing travel restrictions, imposition of quarantine requirements and local lockdowns across Europe, the events will be fully virtual experiences. 


WTM London’s Senior Director Simon Press said: “Sadly, this year will be the first time since we launched WTM London in 1980 that there will be no live event. We have worked tirelessly to organise a physical show, but the increasing number of travel restrictions and the uncertainty around the world means it will be impractical for many overseas visitors to attend in person. 


“Additionally, there remains uncertainty around business events and conferences being allowed to take place in the UK.  The official deadline for this decision being the 1st October. However, thousands of travel trade professionals from around the globe will still be able to meet and do business in an extensive range of virtual sessions, to help the industry recover, rebuild and innovate.” 


WTM Virtual will offer delegates the chance to arrange one-to-one virtual meetings to do business, attend conference sessions and roundtables, take part in speed networking and more. 


The virtual show will also see an investment summit in partnership with ITIC – International Tourism & Investment Conference – and a new Marketing Forum and masterclass workshop in partnership with The Five Percent. 


The WTM Virtual will have four virtual theatres to host webinars and debates, including the Responsible Tourism. 


Furthermore, a virtual version of Travel Forward is being shaped up and will combine virtual exhibition, free virtual conference sessions and speed networking for start-ups to meet investors. 


With the theme “Resilience, Innovation, Response”, Travel Forward Virtual will add a technology-based approach in supporting the recovery of the travel and tourism industry. 

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