World Travel Awards Takes Centre Stage at World Travel Market 2002

5th Nov 2002

The World Travel Awards, division of the worldå‘s leading industry publishing group, World Travel Group, will take centre Stage at this yearå‘s World Travel Market (WTM), the travel industryå‘s biggest international business to business event, which will take place between Monday 11- Thursday 14 November at the new venue, ExCeL, London.

As one of the biggest events of the year, every sector of the worldwide travel and tourism industry will be represented at the WTM
. Airlines, cruise operators, car rental firms, coach companies and tourist attractions are among more than 5,000 companies and organisations exhibiting at the event set to be the largest in its 23-year history. A total of 181 countries are getting ready to participate.

The prestigious World Travel Awards
- the official sponsors of the WTM centre stage - will re-enact the World Travel awards Ceremony to show the world who triumphed at last month’s award ceremony! For the first time at this year’s WTM, World Travel Award winners will be invited to the centre stage to collect their awards. Media, exhibitors and visitors will be offered an exclusive opportunity to both witness and participate in the celebrations.

Designed to host award ceremonies, corporate announcements, debates and industry discussion, the stage is set for participants to utilise the facilities provided to further their communication throughout the event and beyond to the buying communities assembled.


Additionally, at this year’s WTM, there will be a high level of technological Innovation, with conferences, debates, seminars, programmes and workshops dealing with issues that directly impact the industry.


Fiona Jeffery, Group Exhibition Director, World Travel Market comments: “We have created a two day programme that tackle issues as diverse as branding, technology and training to online distribution, sustainable tourism and global marketing.

“Additionally, we have linked up with some of the biggest and most respected names within the industry - Travel Choice, OTC, My Travel, Advantage and World Choice, KPMG, WWF, United Nations Environment Programme, ABTA, CIMTIG, and the UK’s leading travel trade publications.”


Seminars set to take place include - Online bookability considering the importance of online booking and Travel e-commerce into the 21st Century, which will look at future technological developments that will affect the distribution of travel and tourism - Both of which will be delivered by Paul Richer, Senior Partner at Genesys.

Meanwhile Sabre
‘s Alicia Gardner, VP Sales & Marketing will give a presentation entitled: “You`ve Gone Online - Now Achieve Success”, offering several helpful tips on site design, functionality and content.

WTM has also joined forces with EyeforTravel to create an exclusive venue inside the exhibition to enable trade visitors to meet, question and do business with key figures in travel distribution. Entitled “Strategies and Partnerships for the Future of Travel Distribution”, key speakers include Dinesh Dhamija, CEO e-bookers and Simon Breakwell, CEO Travelocity Europe.

Aviation advances

Despite a turbulent year for the aviation industry, airlines will be making their presence felt at this year’s WTM. Lufthansa
will be promoting its latest innovations, including its imminent installation of broadband Internet access in all long-range aircraft.

The technology, provided by Boeing to give passengers real-time, high-quality access to the Internet and email facilities from anywhere in the world, is currently being tested on one Boeing 747 transatlantic aircraft. The airline plans to begin installing the technology in seats on all long-haul aircraft early next year.
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