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NEWS WTM


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WTM LONDON STREAMLINES REGISTRATION AMID 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS


Jennifer Morris


WTM London has simplified the online registration process for this year’s show, predicting it will be “the most successful yet”. The event turns 40 this year, and


50,000 senior travel professionals, 11,000 buyers, 5,000 exhibitors and 3,000 media from more than 180 countries and regions are invited to join in with the celebrations. Organisers have made the online


registration process easier, upgraded the meetings tool and added new technology to help capture leads. WTM London’s Ideas Arrive Here


concept – introduced in 2018 – has once again been woven into the entire 2019 programme, with three key themes: Innovative Perspectives; New Possibilities; and Inspiring Fresh Thinking. Monday 4 November will remain an


exhibitor invite-only day, while Tuesday 5 November will host the UNWTO & WTM Ministers’ Summit. Later that


MOKE TO UNVEIL NEW ECO-FRIENDLY MOTOR


Car manufacturer Moke International will unveil a new “hotel-and-resort-friendly” electric vehicle at WTM London this year. The Jeep-like Mini Moke has been


around since the 1960s and featured in a number of film and TV series including James Bond and The Prisoner. Its latest


incarnation, the Cargo Moke, will be revealed for the first time during November’s trade


evening, WTM London will present the International Travel & Tourism Awards at new London venue Magazine. World Responsible Tourism Day, which will conclude with the WTM Festivals, takes place on Wednesday 6 November. Travel Forward, the travel technology


event co-located with WTM London, will be back for a second year. Throughout the three days, WTM’s new video concept, #WTMStories, will give viewers an insight into travel trends. Elsewhere, the My Event tool has been


replaced with a “far superior” system, Connect Me, which organisers claim has a better algorithm, while Emperia is a free app-based solution allowing exhibitors to scan visitors’ badges to capture leads and better understand who visits their stand. WTM London senior exhibition


director Simon Press said: “As well as celebrating 40 years, there are many new initiatives for the 2019 event, all designed to help facilitate ideas creation in the travel and tourism industry.”


show and can be used at hotels, resorts and golf courses to transport guests and equipment around the grounds. Robin Kennedy, commercial director for


Moke International, said a non-electric version would soon be available in Europe, with its electric counterpart expected to receive the regulatory approvals needed to sell it in on the continent. He said: “Hotels can use Mokes to improve operations by getting staff and equipment around more efficiently and, with the new electric vehicle, in an environmentally friendly way as well.”


Visit wtm.com for further information on the WTM portfolio of events 18 TRAVEL TRADE GAZETTE 09.09.2019


ITALY EXHIBITORS POISED TO MAKE EVENT DEBUT


A total of six exhibitors from Italy will make their WTM London debut this year. The group includes Heart of the Dolomites – a new tourist board promoting digital detox holidays in the mountainous region of northern Italy – and inbound tour operator Tuo Travel, which plans to unveil new partnerships and excursions. Another new Italian exhibitor is Air


Home Restaurant, a start-up peer-to-peer website offering the chance to book social “foodie” experiences worldwide, such as cooking shows, tastings and meals. Accommodation specialists exhibiting for the first time are Rome-based hotel company Espogest and Carlyle Brera Hotel in central Milan. The sixth new exhibitor is Grimaldi


Euromed, which operates passenger ferries between Greece and Italy and across the Mediterranean. Simon Press, senior exhibition


director for WTM London, said: “It is encouraging to see so many new companies joining us from Italy, ranging from innovative start-ups to long- established multinationals. “They recognise how WTM can provide an unparalleled platform to publicise their products to new and existing business partners from around the world.”


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