EVENTS WTM LONDON 2019 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 decades. 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
Hotel & TourismSMARTreport#44 2019 Autumn Edition 7 7 ILTM 2018 Red Carpet TRAVELLING… AND FEELIN’ GOOD Wellness again a key topic of interest at ILTM Cannes If you’re into luxury, luxury travel and/or lifestyle products and services, you can travel the world in only 3 days at any ILTM event. Key C-level management of the world’s leading luxury travel brands are often onsite, as are the newest openings and most exciting experiences – it’s as much about networking as it is about finding stories and feature ideas. This year at ILTM, one of the major points of discussion will surely be the release of the organisation’s new report on the new generation of health and wellness travel in APAC. We all read the headlines about the global wellness industry being “worth US$4.2 tn”. But besides the big numbers, what is the health & wellness mindstyle of luxury travellers in APAC? Where do the shortfalls of the hospitality industry lie and what are the opportunities? This report, researched by Reuter: Intelligence in partnership with ILTM, has taken a deep dive into the world of wellness, looking among sustainability, spa, dining, mental health, social media, and many more, to answer these questions and find out where each sector is heading. Introducing the report, released this summer, Alison Gilmore, Portfolio Director, ILTM said, “It wasn’t so long ago that the term FIT traveller was new, after a complete overhaul in the way most people choose and book destinations, FIT gave us the language we needed to talk about a new segment of traveller who had a desire to avoid mass tourism in favour of an individualized, independent approach, exploring destinations on their own and at their own pace, with an emphasis on enjoying the local food, architecture, history, and culture. Given the diversity and fluidity of the APAC region, the tastes and demands of travellers change rapidly. But with ambivalence circling the luxury market, knowing what to expect in terms of new concepts and desires is vital. So, what is coming next? Today, wellness is a $4.2tn dollar industry and health and wellness is a crucial aspect in the lives of many luxury travellers, however, this is not simply a lifestyle trend, this is a whole new category of traveller. That’s why, in partnership with Luxury Conversation, we’re doing a deep dive into an aweinspiring new segment. This report is packed full of actionable insights that we hope you will find both timely from a strategic perspective, and fascinating from a personal one. One thing is for certain; things are changing and they are changing fast. But armed with the right data and the right interpretation, no other industry is better placed to capture and serve this explosion of need.” It’s just one of the key trends to follow this year at ILTM Cannes!