Navigating The World Travel Market

Posted by Carly Barrett Travel
9 12 2015

There’s only one word to describe World Travel Market…Huge! Hosted at Excel in London, I headed down there on Thursday which was the final day.

There’s only one word to describe World Travel Market…Huge! Hosted at Excel in London, I headed down there on Thursday which was the final day.

From the stands showcasing the various far flung, exotic and unusual destinations to the sheer amount of exhibitors, buyers, students and press attendees. Music reaches my ears as I wander around the South America hall and spotted guys and girls on the Brazil stand doing what they know best – partying! Dancing and salsa music catches my attention and I head over to see what the fuss is about. While I am here I network with DMC’s, airlines and hotels. Before heading off to the Asia hall and finally Europe hall. I see some familiar faces as I wander the stands especially Spain and well known destinations for me such as Ibiza, Barcelona and San Sebastian, as I regularly place groups here.

Although the show is huge, it is a great way to meet new suppliers and build relationships. I was there for one day but it would take years to reach all these suppliers for individual meetings otherwise.

Visiting WTM I have taken away plenty of new contacts and inspiration not only for groups, but also my personal holidays next year – Santorini and Havana are on my to do list. Meeting with the guys and listening to their recommendations it has definitely whetted my appetite for next year’s summer holidays…Greece and Cuba here I come!

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