Fiona Jeffery steps down from WTM

The Chairman of London-based travel exhibition World Travel Market, Fiona Jeffery OBE, is to leave the show after 26 years.

Jeffery says the decision was made in order for her to pursue other interests in the global travel and tourism industry.

She
will continue her role as Chairman of the international water charity
she founded in 1998, Just a Drop. Reed has supported this charity since
its inception and will continue to do so.

In 1997, as Exhibition
Director, Jeffery launched World Travel Market’s ‘Environmental
Awareness Day’ which was developed into ‘WTM World Responsible Tourism
Day’ since 2005.

As founder of an international water aid charity
she has also helped more than a million people in 30 countries to
access clean, safe water. A further key milestone achieved by Jeffery
and the WTM team has been the successful landmark WTM Ministers’
Programme in association with the UNWTO. Her work with Just a Drop has
persuaded the industry, including many organisations, destinations,
tourist boards and operators to regularly raise funds.

“I am sad
to go after all this time but proud of the achievements that have been
realised by myself and the World Travel Market team,” said Jeffery. “I
leave behind a business that has grown to become a strong global brand.”

Reed Exhibitions thanked Jeffery for her significant
contribution to the business over many years and wished her every
success in the future.

WTM will continue to be run by the existing and experienced management team led by Senior Exhibition Director Simon Press.

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