Hotel & Tourism SMARTreport #44




Top industry speakers lined-up for a leading global event

World Travel Market

2018, ExCeL London

-The team that brings

you World Travel Market

A leading global event taking place between 4 – 6 November 2019 at

ExCeL London, WTM has lined-up esteemed speakers including the

President of Hilton Hotels in the EMEA region, a top easyJet boss and the

CEO of Virgin Atlantic.

Following on from last year’s successful

introduction of the Regional Inspiration

Zones, WTM London 2019 will continue

to host a varied selection of informative

sessions in each of the areas.

On the opening day of WTM London

(Monday 4 November), the Global Stage

will play host to a panel discussion

moderated by the Telegraph’s Deputy

Head of Travel, Ben Ross, focusing on

the current state of UK Travel Markets

and what to expect in 2020. Speakers

will discuss what they think the key

factors developing the travel trade will

be heading into 2020 and will highlight

the new possibilities for the industry.

Speakers such as Jo Rzymowska, VP

and Managing Director of Celebrity

Cruises, Caroline Bremner, Head of Travel

at Euromonitor and Neil Slaven, UK

Country Director of EasyJet. They will all be

sharing their views and addressing issues

from consumer confidence to changing

holiday preferences and the ever-present

effect of Brexit.

On Monday afternoon, visitors will have

the chance to listen to Simon Vincent

OBE, the Executive VP and President of

Europe, Middle East & Africa for Hilton

Hotels. As a crucial part of the travel and

tourism industry, Simon will be expressing

his views on the future of both Hilton and

the hotel industry in general.

Tuesday’s schedule will include the

Ministers’ Summit hosted by the UNWTO’s

Secretary General, Zurab Pololikashvili,

providing a practical platform for tourism

leaders in the public and private sectors

to share best practices and create new

innovative perspectives for the travel

sector. The session will run for two hours

and include a networking opportunity.

Later in the day, Shai Weiss, the CEO

of Virgin Atlantic will be talking to John

Strickland of JLS Consulting on the

European Inspiration Zone stage. Virgin

Atlantic is taking off in a new direction

this year with a new CEO and ownership

structure so this interview will provide a

fascinating opportunity for the audience

to understand how they plan to compete

in the airline industry over the coming


Wednesday will host World

Responsible Tourism Day. The event

schedule is filled with specific talks

designed to benefit all sectors of the

industry. Travel Perspective will be taking

over the Global Stage in the afternoon to

host a talk focusing on the past 40 years

of travel and what we have learned from

this, which will assist in plans for the

future of the industry

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