Top picks for WTM London 2017

5 things we're looking forward to at WTM London 2017

Published by Nicole Kow on Oct 24, 2017

With WTM London just around the corner, our team has been working hard to get prepped and ready for one of the travel industry's largest conference. Apart from meeting our customers and fellow industry professionals from all over the globe, we're also looking forward to hearing industry leaders share their thoughts about and predictions for the future of travel.

Here are a few things we're really looking forward to.

1. Industry trends

We'll be hearing from plenty of industry leaders and many of them will be presenting data-driven research into upcoming trends that could shape the industry in the next 5 years.

Euromonitor's report on the Top 100 City Destinations is something we're looking forward to learning more about, and how tour and activity operators can make of the most of these insights. Watch this space for live updates and insights!

 

2. Responsible tourism

In light of recent natural disasters like Hurricane Irma and Maria, and man-made ones like overtourism, these talks couldn't have been held at a more appropriate time.

The WTM Responsible Tourism seminars and events are supported by the UNWTO. The sessions range from high-level strategic efforts like Kerala's Responsible Tourism Mission, to Coping and Managing Overtourism, to addressing major environmental challenges, to very tricky discussions around the ethics of Slum Tourism.

Read more: Why responsible tourism is the future of tourism

 

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3. Technology and travel

While travel is becoming more and more accessible thanks to social media platforms and the lowering prices of air travel, it's sometimes hard to pinpoint the true levers of the globalisation of travel.

The Globalisation of Travel with Hari Nair, Global Senior Vice President at Expedia Media Solutions, and MMYG Global will give attendees an insight into the various digital innovations that's connecting travellers from all over the globe to distant and remote destinations.

Read more: How technology has altered the role of DMOs today

 

4. High tech travel 

Does artificial intelligence and virtual reality have a place in the tourism sector? This session with Terry Jones will explore the role of artificial intelligence and how it helps us innovate in the travel industry - one we'll definitely be live tweeting from! 

The Era of Intelligent Travel is another talk to put down in your diary as the speakers explore the question of "What if" when it comes to advances in bots, virtual reality and augmented reality and more. 

 

5. Tours and activities

Over the years, we've noticed how travellers are more and more obsessed with finding authentic experiences when they visit a destination. On the other hand, we also see that tour and activity suppliers still find it difficult to sell their trips to travellers.

TrekkSoft's panel discussion aims to address this question. Joined by industry leaders from Fjord Norway, Hotel Tonight and SANDEMANS New Europe Tours, we'll discuss how travel tech can help solve this problem.

Register with us to receive slides from the session and exclusive early chapters of our 2018 Travel Trends Report.

 

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Nicole Kow

Published by Nicole Kow

Having graduated from the UK, Nicole travelled around Europe before joining TrekkSoft's marketing team. She is now based in KL and regularly blogs about her travels at Next Train Out.

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