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opening hours extended from 10am until 7pm on all three days. WTM’s senior exhibition director Simon


Press said the decision had been taken after feedback from 2014 exhibitors showed a majority for the first time. “They’ve spoken, we’ve listened, and


we’ve come up with a new strategy,” he said. “And because we’ve improved our pre-event appointment-making tools, people can now make better use than ever of the live event itself,” he added. Press and his team believe the switch


to three longer days means productivity will improve, with more meetings in a shorter timespan. The event will also have more of a finale to it, with exhibitors encouraged to have final-night parties on the stands. Monday November 7 will remain


an invite-only day, while WTM World Responsible Tourism Day will take place on Tuesday November 8. The UNWTO/WTM Ministers’ Summit will be held on Wednesday November 9. The show will close with the Wednesday evening festivals that were introduced last year.


Prior to WTM London 2016 however,


the focus will be on the other global events in the WTM portfolio. The WTM events generate $7 billion in travel and tourism industry deals, and consist of four B2B travel trade exhibitions and three one-to-one events around the world. Here are the dates for your diary:


WTM Latin America March 29-31, 2016 – Sao Paulo, Brazil The event, which will be in its fourth year in 2016, takes place at Expo Center Norte. Last year’s show generated $362.9 million in business deals.


WTM Africa April 6-8, 2016 – Cape Town, South Africa The African show, which launched in 2014, takes place at Cape Town International Convention Centre. The first event attracted more than


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There are changes afoot for WTM London next year and Reed Travel Exhibitions offers a year-round programme of global and regional events for the travel and tourism industry. Here’s a list of upcoming WTM events to look forward to over the coming months


ext year, WTM London will be condensed into three days, taking place from November 7 to 9, with


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