Commissioner of Tourism Pamela C. Richards is pleased to report that the USVI Department of Tourism participated in World Travel Market in London, England. In addition to the Department`s staff, John Moorehead from Sapphire Beach Resort & Marina participated in the event as the sole USVI hotel representative.
World Travel Market (WTM), “The Global Event for the Travel Industry,” welcomed record numbers of exhibitors and attendees, November 10 - 13, in London, England. WTM is the largest, most comprehensive global travel tradeshow of its kind. Fully representative of the international travel and tourism industry, the event links together tourism representatives from every element of the industry including: tourism ministries, airlines, car rental companies, cruise lines, ferry companies, hotels, international media, telecommunications, business travel agents, conference organizers, eco-tourism specialists, accommodations providers and more. Through seminars, one-on-one discussions and conference events, exhibitors successfully raise brand awareness, establish new business partnerships and launch new promotions. Most importantly, exhibitors maintain their status as a key player in the tourism industry.
Commissioner Pamela C. Richards participated in numerous conferences with a variety of distinguished travel partners and interviewed with international media. The schedule included seminars on topics like the airline industry, the future of destination branding, taking action on sustainable tourism and more
“This event is unlike any other in the world,” Commissioner Richards stated. “The positive energy of the media and travel agents provided unlimited encouragement, following the difficult year tourism has faced. We established many new contacts for the Territory.”
ExCeL was the 100-acre waterside location for the event, with first class transportation and access links including direct rail, underground and road networks. With the ease of travel and large space, the event welcomed more than 5,000 exhibitors and more than 45,000 attendees.