Staged annually in London, World Travel Market London - the leading global event for the travel industry - is a vibrant must attend business-to-business event presenting a diverse range of destinations and industry sectors to UK and International travel professionals. It provides a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business.
More than 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, visit ExCeL - London every November to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM London. The event, now in its 37th year, generates more than £2.5 billion of travel industry contracts.
For many years, WTM London has organised World Responsible Tourism Day, with the support of the United Nations World Tourism Organization, This is the world's largest industry event focused on efforts to make the industry more responsible and sustainable. Each year leading figures from the industry, along with representatives of civil society and key organisations, gather to discuss the key issues facing the sustainable development of tourism. Many of these issues are directly reflected in the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, which was the focus of a key panel discussion at the 2016 event.
Tourism is also mentioned specifically in three of the SDGs:
SDG 8 - Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all - states that "By 2030, devise and implement policies to promote sustainable tourism that creates jobs and promotes local culture and products."
SDG 12 - Ensure sustainable Consumption and Production patterns - calls for the world to "Develop and implement tools to monitor sustainable development impacts for sustainable tourism which creates jobs, promotes local culture and products.";
SDG 14 - Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development - says there is an essential role for tourism, to "by 2030 increase the economic benefits of SIDS and LCDs from the sustainable use of marine resources, including through sustainable management of fisheries, aquaculture and tourism".
In addition to these goals, tourism is able to support every other SDG - from action on climate change to improving gender equality and protecting biodiversity – and in 2017, marking the UN International Year for Sustainable Tourism for Development, World Travel Market's responsible tourism programme featured panel sessions dedicated to examining what the industry can do to meet its commitments across a range of the goals.
The World Travel Market Portfolio includes responsible tourism seminars at WTM London, Arabian Travel Market, WTM Latin America and WTM Africa. These seminars are part of the Events Programme for each show.
WTM London forms part of the Reed Travel Exhibitions WTM Portfolio along with:
· World Travel Market Latin America
· World Travel Market Africa
· Arabian Travel Market
· International French Travel Market
· World Travel Market Connect Asia
· International Golf Travel Market.
World Travel Market London will be held at ExCeL London between 7 - 9 November 2016. ExCeL London is an exhibitions and international convention centre located on the northern quay of the Royal Victoria Dock in London Docklands, between Canary Wharf and London City Airport.