Changes to World Travel Market's Exhibition
Floor Reflect Latest Travel Trends
Next month's World Travel Market (WTM), one of the world’s most influential travel
trade shows, will have
three new areas on the exhibition floor -
Accommodation & Wholesalers, Experiences and Transportation.
The new areas, which replace the International Hub
and predominantly showcase private-sector and non-destination
exhibitors, have been created following research by the World
Travel Market team earlier this year.
The behavioural research highlighted the
changing habits of travellers, with Millennials and Gen Z
increasingly making travel choices based on experiences or bucket
lists, as opposed to just the city, country, or region they want
“While Gen X might go to Spain, New York or Paris,
the newer generations want to visit a wellness retreat, go
white-water rafting, or learn to cook in a local community,” said Juliette Losardo,
Exhibition Director at World Travel Market London. “This year we’ve seen an increase in the number of
non-destination exhibitors signing up to WTM London, in response
to the shift in requirements of younger travellers, who make
travel choices based on what they want to do and experience. The new Accommodation & Wholesalers,
Transportation & Experience areas of the show tap into this
cultural shift, offering a place where buyers can come and see
what is new and exciting on offer, all in one place.”
A few examples of the exhibitors visitors to WTM
2023 will be able to find in the Experiences area include: Go City (previously known as Leisure Pass Group),
the world’s largest sightseeing pass businesses; Montparnasse 56,
operator of the Montparnasse Tower Panoramic Observation Deck in
Paris; XS2Event and
Champions Travel both offer access to many of the best
sporting events around the world; City Sightseeing, the
‘hop-on hop-off’ tours; Big Bus Tours which allows travellers to
discover places on an open-top bus; and City Cruises.
In the Transportation area,
visitors can look forward to meeting representatives from car
rental companies and other transport providers, such as: European train ticket and rail pass provider Rail
Europe; car-rental giant Enterprise Rent-A-Car; German car rental
supplier Wheego Mobility; and Global Passenger Network, an
organisation of independent coach companies operating in more than
40 countries around the world; Amadeus River Cruises; Dutch Cruise
Line BV; and United Rivers AG.
Meanwhile, the subject of experiential travel will
be covered during the WTM London Conference Programme 2023.
The programme includes a session by Lonely Planet
Vice President Tom Hall, entitled Captivating Experience-Seekers:
Adopting the Next Generation Mindset, on
the Innovate Stage on Tuesday, 7 November from 10:30 to 11:10.
On Wednesday 8 November from 10:30 to 11:10, Vaishali
Patel, Founder and Director, Vaishali Ltd; Jo Fennell, Head of
Sales for Northern Europe, GetYourGuide, and Nishank Gopalkrishnan,
Chief Business Officer, TUI Musement, will take part in a panel
discussion entitled Curating Unique Customer Experiences Anywhere
This year the WTM will take place at ExCel London
from 6 to 8 November 2023.
Editor's note: Travel News Asia will attend
WTM London 2023. If you would like to organise a video interview to
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