//World Travel Market 2018 officially opens

World Travel Market 2018 officially opens

World Travel Market 2018 has officially opened its doors.

The three-day travel event, which is now in its 38th year, will see 51,000 travel professionals from around the world descend on London’s ExCel Centre. At last year’s event, organisers estimate that one million meetings were held, resulting in £3 billion worth of contracts being signed. About 5,000 companies exhibited.

As well as the trade show, there will be an extensive conference session that will include many of the world’s most influential tourism ministers and CEOs. Eliza Reid, the first lady of Iceland, will take part in a panel to mark 100 years of suffragettes.

Other speakers during the conference include Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet; Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures; and Andrew Flintham, managing director of Tui UK, who will be speaking on a panel along with the bosses of Travel Counsellors, Euromonitor International and Hilton.