World Travel Market drops day

A major travel show will cut its opening time by one day in response to exhibitor demand.

World Travel Market at the Excel centre in east London will be revamped next year as a three-day event.

The 36-year old show show will take place between Monday 7 to Wednesday 9 November with the opening hours extended from 10am to 7pm for all three days.

The organiser claims that over the past five years visitor numbers have grown by 20% to 32,528, with buyer numbers from the WTM Buyers’ Club over the past three events increasing by 16% to 9,124.

A spokesman for WTM said the shorter length will allow exhibitors to reduce their costs.

WTM London senior director, Simon Press, said participant numbers for WTM London 2014 hit a record 51,500, with the event generating a massive £2.5 billion in industry business deals.

He said: “For the first time exhibitor and visitor opinion has requested that WTM London is a three-day event. Reed Travel Exhibitions has listened to its audience and responded with an event that is exactly what they have asked for, ensuring it remains relevant to the industry’s business needs.

“This decision has been made during a period of record growth for the World Travel Market London, with overall participant numbers at a record high of 51,500, visitor numbers peaking at more than 32,000 and buyer numbers from the WTM Buyers Club at more than 9,100. These record numbers sees the event facilitate more than £2.5 billion in industry deals.”

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