WTM 2017 by Beth Purdue

 

Monday 6th to Wednesday 8th November 2017 are a very important few days for everyone in the travel industry. The Excel in London is host to the World Travel Market. A place where trade professionals can conduct business deals.

 

We have had a very successful visit with back-to-back meetings on Monday and Tuesday. It was a great opportunity to see current clients but also to meet with new contacts and form new partnerships. Our events calendar for 2018 is already getting booked up and these meetings are essential for us to speak face to face with our clients as part of our ongoing support.

Let me introduce myself. My name is Beth; I am the new Events Manager here at Events for Travel. My role will be to continue and develop the Events for Travel brand as well as to attend and oversee all of the training events.

 

This was the first time I have been to WTM and it did not disappoint. I was blown away by the vast amount of exhibitors representing countries and regions from around the world, presenting a comprehensive range of products and destinations.

After a very quick and fuss free entry we left our coats at the cloakroom and made our way to our first appointment of the day over on the Canary Islands stand, where we met Jaime and Alicia from Jardin Tropical in Tenerife. They will be attending our Luxury Hotel Roadshow in February, March and May of 2018. They informed us of a new luxury apartment complex that they will be showcasing at our events, Las Terrazaz Abama, Tenerife. Which looks fantastic and we can’t wait to hear more about it.

 

We had the pleasure to also meet with Moises Naranjo, from the Fuerteventura Tourist board. He was so impressed with they way we ran our event in 2017 that he has now secured two more events with us for 2018. Also, the same with the Tenerife Tourist board where we met Pia and Cristina, who have some exciting new ideas for their next events.

 

 

A new contact from the Azores, Pedro Salazar from Bensaude Hotel Group is joining us for our three day Luxury Roadshow in February.

 

 

On this particular stand we watched a short presentation about this beautiful island, we then got the chance to sample some of the very tasty local delicacies. Traditional biscuits and chutneys and our favourite…. The liquor! One made from milk and the other from pineapples.

Our last events for 2017 is of course our Kerala Workshop. A state in Southern India, Kerala is known as a tropical paradise of waving palms and wide sandy beaches.

 

On Thursday 9th November 2017 we will be hosting this event in the Copthorne Hotel in Gatwick. On Monday 13th we will be in Birmingham and Tuesday 14th Manchester.

 

Sissel Thorstensen who is the MD of Axium Marketing in Paris, looks after the Kerala Tourism, and enlisted our professional service to organise these exciting events. While at the WTM we had an important meeting with Sissel, here we were able to discus final details. We are very much looking forward to these events, which will have an Indian themed ‘flying buffet’.