World Travel Market 2014, the leading global event for the travel industry, is introducing Blogger Speed Networking as a further addition to its hugely popular Blogging Programme.
WTM has been running a standing-room only blogging programme, in association with Travel Bloggers Unite, attended by both bloggers and exhibitors since 2011.
The Blogger Speed Networking session will further facilitate relationships between bloggers and exhibitors. The event will help exhibitors achieve extra coverage through the world’s leading travel bloggers, while offering those bloggers unrivalled contacts and ideas for articles.
The Blogger Speed Networking session will take place in the A Taste of ILTM at WTM Lounge on Thursday 6 November at 10.30am.
It will see 60 of the industry’s top bloggers seated and holding meetings with exhibitors looking to gain coverage on their blogs.
Bloggers for the session will be recruited in September. Exhibitors can turn up to the session on the day.
World Travel Market, Senior Director, Simon Press, said: “WTM has been running a highly popular Speed Networking programme for exhibitors and buyers for the past five years. This programme played a significant role in WTM 2013 facilitating more than £2.2 billion in travel industry deals.
“The Blogger Speed Networking is a natural extension, which will significantly help exhibitors improve their return on investment from exhibiting at WTM, by giving them the opportunity to expand the knowledge of their produce around the world.”
Furthermore, WTM 2014 will also host the Family Holiday Association’s annual conference for the first time on Thursday 6 November. TUI CEO Peter Long is president of the charity which helps more than 2,000 UK families a year in extreme poverty experience a holiday. The UK Government estimates more than 2.2 million families (more than seven million children and parents) miss out on a summer holiday due to poverty.
“I am delighted WTM is able to host the annual conference of the Family Holiday Association. The charity does great work giving families a holiday they otherwise would not be able to afford,” Press added.