Monday, 31 October 2016


We're getting ready to attend the World Travel Market event which runs from 7th-9th November at the ExCel Centre, London.

It's a massive event for anyone involved in the travel industry in any shape or form. Tour operators, travel agencies, tourism organisations will be there in their hundreds. Around 182 different countries will be represented, showcasing their destinations, services and products through their show stands, festivals, dancing, music and cuisine.

Around 100,000 visitors are expected over the three days, mainly professionals in their field as well as senior travel industry representatives and ministers from a host of different countries; and of course the world's press.

It's a major event that brings buyers and suppliers involved in the world of travel together under one roof with the aim of achieving new business connections.

Some 80 thought provoking and inspiring events are scheduled ranging from travel award ceremonies to responsible travel and from careers in travel to world travel leaders discussing Brexit and many more talks and seminars of importance to those involved in the tourism sector.

There will be shows within within the show, such as the Travel Tech Show which provides a platform for suppliers to meet with key decision makers across the world looking to source technology systems and software.

A host of festivals are planned from counties including China, Japan, India, Vietnam, Bolivia, Argentina, the Philippines and many more. And opportunities to sample regional foods from all over the world.

In 1998 the WTM chairman Fiona Jeffery founded Just a Drop on behalf of the travel industry. The charity raises desperately needed fund to build wells, bore holes, hand pumps and run health and sanitation programmes through the world. It supports some 900,000 people in 28 countries.

This year Chevy Kelly, Just a Drop’s ‘marathon man’, will be running a marathon a day at a treadmill, effectively running three marathons in three days to raise money for Just a Drop. WTM guests are welcome to either sponsor Chevy directly, or for a small donation, can select a song for Chevy to run along to, as their stand will feature a sound system.

All proceeds raised by these fundraising initiatives will go to providing much needed safe water and sanitation solutions for communities in Zambia and Uganda.

It looks like it's going to be a lively, colourful three days.

We hope you enjoy these photographs taken by Rob Tysall, here at Words & Images UK last year.

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