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  • Influencers: Illusion vs Reality

    Monday10:45 - 12:154 Nov 2019
    WTM Global Stage

    What is real? It is the 20th anniversary of The Matrix but travellers are increasingly wondering about this. Is what influencers are portraying in their image a...

    • Language: English

  • How America Travels: Learn Where and Why Americans are Travelling and How to Capture your Share of the Demand

    Monday11:00 - 11:454 Nov 2019
    Americas Inspiration Zone

    Join Zane Kerby, President & CEO of the American Society of Travel Advisors, as he walks us through 2019 data from their compelling annual research study “How A...

    • Language: English

  • The Latest Trends in Gastro Tourism: The Americas

    Monday12:00 - 12:454 Nov 2019
    Americas Inspiration Zone

    What’s new with food tourism in the Americas, 2019? In this session, we will be speaking to three industry leaders whose businesses cater specifically to food-a...

    • Language: English

  • The Challenge of Building Sustainable Hotels

    Monday12:30 - 13:304 Nov 2019
    Europe Inspiration Zone

    The major hotel brands no longer own many hotels, they operate them using a variety of agreements: managed, franchised, or licensed. Operation has been increasi...

    • Language: English

  • Vietnam: How One of the World's Fastest Growing Tourism Destinations Revamped its Web and Social Presence

    Monday13:30 - 14:154 Nov 2019
    Asia Inspiration Zone

    More information to come soon!

    • Language: English

  • Taking Responsibility for Safety & Security

    Monday13:45 - 14:454 Nov 2019
    Europe Inspiration Zone

    What do tourists have the right to expect from the travel advisories of their country and what measures should be in place in destinations to provide re-assuran...

    • Language: English

  • Travel Leaders Speak: UK Travel Markets – What to Expect in 2020

    Monday14:00 - 15:304 Nov 2019
    WTM Global Stage

    This session will be a panel discussion, with four senior UK Travel Leaders from leading travel companies across all sectors, giving their understandings of wha...

    • Language: English

  • Epic Travel: The New Must-Do Luxury Experience

    Monday14:30 - 15:304 Nov 2019
    Asia Inspiration Zone

    In this informative and inspirational session, we will assess why more and more affluent consumers are looking for a seriously adventurous slant to their travel...

    • Language: English

  • How to Be an Adventure Hunter

    Monday15:00 - 15:454 Nov 2019
    Americas Inspiration Zone

    Cruise line Royal Caribbean has always been at the forefront of social media. This year it appointed a social media savvy adventure hunter to Instagram experien...

    • Language: English

  • Accessing Funds for Tourism Infrastructure in West Africa: Land of the Largest Has High Returns on Investment

    Monday15:30 - 18:004 Nov 2019
    Middle East & Africa Inspiration Zone

    West Africa is an emerging untapped tourist market, yet it possesses some of the most fascinating attractions in the world; as the official Centre of the World ...

    • Language: English

  • Meet The Travel Leaders: Simon Vincent OBE, Hilton

    Monday16:00 - 17:004 Nov 2019
    Europe Inspiration Zone

    Hilton is celebrating its 100th birthday and is a strong player in global markets. Middle East & Africa are developing & growing markets and Europe has been lea...

    • Language: English

  • Meet The Travel Leaders: Dr Peter Fankhauser, Thomas Cook Group

    Tuesday10:15 - 11:005 Nov 2019
    Europe Inspiration Zone

    Thomas Cook is over 100 years old and its hand on the aviation, tour operating and hotels and resorts markets has been very strong. There have been many interes...

    • Language: English

  • Drinking Water: An Urgent Issue for Business and the Community

    Tuesday10:15 - 11:005 Nov 2019
    Asia Inspiration Zone

    Increasing population, rising standards of living and climate change are long term trends which exacerbate the problem of ensuring that everyone has access to p...

    • Language: English

  • A Spotlight on Gen Z: What's Next in Youth Travel

    Tuesday10:30 - 11:455 Nov 2019
    South Gallery Rooms

    Generation Z have never experienced the world without technology or the internet and they are changing the economy and the way in which business is done.  They ...

    • Language: English

  • UNWTO & WTM Ministers' Summit: Technology for Rural Development

    Tuesday11:00 - 13:005 Nov 2019
    WTM Global Stage

    The UNWTO & Ministers' Summit will provide a truly practical platform for tourism leaders of the public and private sectors to share best practices and explore ...

    • Language: English

  • Is Creative Tourism the New Multi-Tool of the Tourism Industry?

    Tuesday12:00 - 13:005 Nov 2019
    South Gallery Rooms

    In this session, we will discuss in which ways creative tourism can help to solve externalities of the tourism industry, as well as creating a value chain for t...

    • Language: English

  • Scott's Fish and Chips: How to Attract the High-Spending Chinese Tourist

    Tuesday12:00 - 12:305 Nov 2019
    UKI & International Inspiration Zone

    A case study of how one UK business has defied the odds to become a social media sensation, attracting coachloads of Chinese tourists with Mandarin menus and a ...

    • Language: English

  • WTM World Travel Leaders Awards & Panel Discussion

    Tuesday12:15 - 13:455 Nov 2019
    Europe Inspiration Zone

    The World Travel Leaders Awards honour companies and individuals for their outstanding contribution to the industry over the last 24 months voted for by WTM Med...

    • Language: English

  • Megatrends Shaping the Future of Travel

    Tuesday12:30 - 13:305 Nov 2019
    Press Conference Theatre- International Media Centre

    Discover the latest developments for global travel and tourism performance with Euromonitor International. This session will give insights into upcoming trends ...

    • Language: English

  • How UK Attractions Can Use Social Media on a Limited Budget

    Tuesday12:30 - 13:155 Nov 2019
    UKI & International Inspiration Zone

    Marketing funds are always tight and many UK businesses cannot afford to run campaigns on social media let alone hire someone to run the ever-growing number of ...

    • Language: English

  • What's Next for LGBT Travel in the 2020’s?

    Tuesday13:15 - 14:155 Nov 2019
    South Gallery Rooms

    This workshop uncovers key trends that will define the landscape for travel businesses seeking to become part of the travel plans of LGBT travellers into the 20...

    • Language: English

  • Meet the Travel Leaders: Shai Weiss, Virgin Atlantic

    Tuesday14:00 - 14:455 Nov 2019
    Europe Inspiration Zone

    More information coming soon!

    • Language: English

  • Can We Use Social Media to Boost Tourism-Related Inward Investment

    Tuesday14:15 - 15:155 Nov 2019
    WTM Global Stage

    Hotels and tourism witnessed a significant increase in cross-border greenfield foreign direct investment (FDI) in 2018, with Asia the biggest beneficiary. Socia...

    • Language: English

  • The Latest Trends in Gastro Tourism: UK & Europe

    Tuesday14:45 - 15:305 Nov 2019
    UKI & International Inspiration Zone

    Europe boasts a broad variety of food styles which fuels a burgeoning trend in ‘food tourism’. Our panel of experts discuss what’s changing in the world of culi...

    • Language: English

  • New Tech, Audiences & Channels: The Shifting Landscape in Digital Brand Engagement

    Tuesday15:30 - 17:005 Nov 2019
    WTM Global Stage

    In an age where the browser is just one small channel amongst many, we're looking at how brands are revisiting consumer engagement in digital beyond traditional...

    • Language: English

  • Technology is a Girl’s Best Friend

    Tuesday15:30 - 18:005 Nov 2019
    South Gallery Rooms

    Technology now permeates the travel world, whether you are a travel company using it to understand consumers’ behaviour, maximise SEO ranking or simply sell you...

    • Language: English

  • Plastic Waste – What Should the Industry Do?

    Tuesday16:15 - 17:005 Nov 2019
    Middle East & Africa Inspiration Zone

    Attenborough has raised the issue of single-use plastic and many, but by no means, all, have stopped using plastic straws. The challenge is a bit bigger than th...

    • Language: English

  • Career in Travel: ITT Future You

    Wednesday11:00 - 12:306 Nov 2019
    WTM Global Stage

    A must attend for all students looking for advice on careers in the sector as well as valuable hints and tips for success. ITT Future You provides a unique oppo...

    • Language: English

  • Interview with Yousef AlSudais

    Wednesday11:30 - 12:006 Nov 2019
    Middle East & Africa Inspiration Zone

    Interview with Saudi travel vlogger Yousef AlSudais.

    • Language: English

  • Genesys Session: The Future of Digital Travel

    Wednesday11:30 - 12:306 Nov 2019
    UKI & International Inspiration Zone

    Three digital travel experts will present their views on what it takes to succeed in the online world.  They will tackle topics such as social media, virtual re...

    • Language: English

  • How Middle Eastern Hotels Can Take Advantage of Social Media

    Wednesday12:10 - 13:006 Nov 2019
    Middle East & Africa Inspiration Zone

    More information to come soon!

    • Language: English

  • How to Earn and Expand LGBT Travellers’ Brand Loyalty

    Wednesday12:45 - 13:456 Nov 2019
    UKI & International Inspiration Zone

    How should you respond to an evolving LGBT travel market and target the lucrative USD$218billion annual spend (Data source: Out Now Global LGBT2030 Study) by th...

    • Language: English

  • 40 Years: What Have We Learnt and Where Are We Headed

    Wednesday14:15 - 15:006 Nov 2019
    WTM Global Stage

    As WTM celebrates its 40th year, we look at how we have moved from the brochures and television travelogues of 1979 to the social media and influencers of today...

    • Language: English

  • The Future of Aviation

    Wednesday14:30 - 15:306 Nov 2019
    Press Conference Theatre- International Media Centre

    Aviation has been described as the Achilles heel of the travel industry. There are challenges in all sectors of travel and tourism but the elephant in the room ...

    • Language: English

  • The Latest Trends in Gastro Tourism: Asia

    Wednesday15:00 - 15:456 Nov 2019
    Asia Inspiration Zone

    With Asia’s consistent growth in the travel industry, their culinary prowess has been publicized globally. Join us with a panel of industry leaders to discuss r...

    • Language: English

  • Best of Social Media 2019

    Wednesday15:15 - 16:156 Nov 2019
    WTM Global Stage

    We present our annual challenge for the Awfully Entertaining Social Media (Awesome) award. In 2015, it was Iceland with its Ask Gudmundur campaign, while in 201...

    • Language: English

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