World Travel Market 2014, the leading global event for the travel industry, is introducing Blogger Speed Networking as a further addition to its hugely popular Blogging Programme.
WTM has been running a standing-room only blogging programme, in association with Travel Bloggers Unite, attended by both bloggers and exhibitors since 2011.
The Blogger Speed Networking session will further facilitate relationships between bloggers and exhibitors. The event will help exhibitors achieve extra coverage through the world’s leading travel bloggers, while offering those bloggers unrivalled contacts and ideas for articles.
The Blogger Speed Networking session will take place in the A Taste of ILTM at WTM Lounge on Thursday 6 November at 10.30am.
It will see 60 of the industry’s top bloggers seated and holding meetings with exhibitors looking to gain coverage on their blogs.
Bloggers for the session will be recruited in September. Exhibitors can turn up to the session on the day.
World Travel Market, Senior Director, Simon Press, said: “WTM has been running a highly popular Speed Networking programme for exhibitors and buyers for the past five years. This programme played a significant role in WTM 2013 facilitating more than £2.2 billion in travel industry deals.
“The Blogger Speed Networking is a natural extension, which will significantly help exhibitors improve their return on investment from exhibiting at WTM, by giving them the opportunity to expand the knowledge of their produce around the world.”
Furthermore, WTM 2014 will also host the Family Holiday Association’s annual conference for the first time on Thursday 6 November. TUI CEO Peter Long is president of the charity which helps more than 2,000 UK families a year in extreme poverty experience a holiday. The UK Government estimates more than 2.2 million families (more than seven million children and parents) miss out on a summer holiday due to poverty.
“I am delighted WTM is able to host the annual conference of the Family Holiday Association. The charity does great work giving families a holiday they otherwise would not be able to afford,” Press added.
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About World Travel Market
World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend four-day business-to-business exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry.
More than 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, embark on ExCeL – London every November to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM.
WTM, now in its 35th year, is the event where the travel industry conducts and concludes its deals.
WTM 2013 generated more than £2 billion of travel industry contracts, revealed independent research by Fusion Communications.
WTM is owned by the world’s leading events organiser Reed Exhibitions (RE), which organises a other portfolio’s of travel industry events including IBTM Events, the world’s leading showcases for the meetings and events industry and International Luxury Travel Market events.
In 2013, RE held more than 500 events in 40 countries bringing together more than six million people from around the world generating billions of dollars in business.
Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry, with a wide-ranging portfolio of 21 international events in 14 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa.
Its market-leading, business-to-business events cover all elements of travel and tourism, including leisure travel, luxury travel, meetings, events, incentives and business travel, as well as golf, ski and spa travel.
RTE is part of Reed Exhibitions.