On Demand Virtual Sessions

  • ForwardKeys

    What can we expect for UK Inbound/Outbound travel and tourism in 2021

    As one of the world’s leading travel analytics firms, ForwardKeys has been propelling the travel and tourism sector forward since 2010 using airline reservation data from airlines and GDS to create smart tech that pinpoints who is travelling where, for how long in which time frame. At WTM London together with industry partner LATA, their presentation aims to replace fear with facts that can make a difference to your business strategy. Discover the latest forward booking data and flight search trends in and out of the UK with a special focus placed on Latin America and the Caribbean.

    Speakers:

    Olivier Ponti,
    VP of Insights at ForwardKeys

    Colin Stewart,
    Chairman, LATA

    World Food Travel Association

    Current Best Practices in Health & Safety for Culinary Tours, Guides & Travel Sellers

    The foodservice and tourism industries were arguably the hardest hit by the current pandemic. Food and beverage tour providers are trying to stage a come back, but doing so is hard with the moving target of regulations, which vary drastically by country, and sometimes even within a single country. And even when they have just learned one new law or guideline, it has probably just changed as well. Join us as we hear from some of the very people who are trying to help our culinary tourism industry to get back on its feet.

    Moderator:

    Erik Wolf,
    Executive Director & Founder,
    World Food Travel Association
    (UK)
    Speakers:

    Alushca Ritchie,
    President,
    World Federation
    of Tourist Guide Associations
    (South Africa)
    Ivan Man Dy,
    Founder,
    Old Manila Walks
    (Manila, Philippines)

    Randall Obsney,
    Tourist Guide
    (Costa Rica)

    Creative Tourism Network

    Creative Tourism as a tool for tourism reactivation

    Amidst of pandemic, destinations worldwide found in creative tourism a way to restart tourism, through new forms and strategies. This session aims to present cases of good practices as well as to stress advice and code of ethics for the destinations on the view of the 2021 Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. Info: www.creativetourismnetwork.org

    Moderator:

    Caroline Couret,
    Director and founder,
    Creative Tourism Network®
    Speaker:

    Greg Richards,
    Author of the Creative Tourism concept

    China Tourism Forum

    China Tourism Forum at WTM Virtual

    The fast recovery of travel and tourism in China started with May Day holiday and further enhanced during the 2nd Golden Week holiday in the beginning of October when domestic flights and hotels experienced the level of traffic surpassing that of 2019. Such fast and strong recovery confirmed Covid 19 can be overcome with the right measures and, people do regain confidence in traveling and holidaying pretty fast.

    The China Tourism Forum during WTM Virtual will shed some lights on what right measures China has taken in the recovery of travel and tourism industry not only in China but also to destinations that formed air bridge and/or safe corridors. Senior travel professionals from China and various destinations around the world will share their experience in sending and receiving Chinese visitors. The Forum will also demonstrate the most cost effective way of reaching the outbound travel trade and millions of Chinese travelers during and post COVID 19.

    Therefore, China Tourism Forum during WTM Virtual will benefit any destination and travel related business that are keen on recovering from COVID 19 from DMOs to DMCs; from airports to attractions and many more.

    Moderator:

    Dr. Adam Wu,
    Chief Executive Officer
    CBN Travel and MICE

    Speakers:

    Mr Bowen Sun,
    Director of Globalization
    Research Center,
    Trip.com Group

    Mrs. Dawn Jeremiah,
    VP of Marketing & E-commerce,
    Leisure Pass Group

    Mr. Amjad Nashashibi,
    Director of Sales & Marketing,
    Swiss Quality Hotels International

    Paul Pennicook,
    CEO,
    Curaçao Tourist Board

    Davide Machado,
    Director / Founder,
    City Transfers UK

    British Educational Travel Association

    Youth, Student & Educational Travel - the key to long term, sustainable recovery in the travel industry

    In this session British Educational Travel Association (BETA), will share some key insights and forecasts into the future of the sector.

    Youth, student and educational travel is an often undervalued, yet vital part of the travel and tourism industry. Research shows that young travellers STAY LONGER & SPEND MORE than the average traveller. So why are destinations not doing more to attract this enormous and influential segment?

    Joined by key industry stakeholders we'll look at:

    • Growth opportunities for youth and student travel and how our sector might change post covid
    • What type of travel experiences might Generation Z look for in the future
    • How can marketeers tap into this influential and high repeat visitor
    Moderator:

    Steve Lowy,
    Chairman,
    BETA

    Speakers:

    Vicki Cunningham,
    COO,
    BUNAC

    Dan Baker,
    General Manager EMEA,
    Student.com

    Sam Willan,
    General Manager,
    International Markets,
    StudentUniverse

    Peter Jordan,
    Head of Strategy & Research,
    Toposophy

    Proud Experiences

    Planning for our recovery. LGBTQ+ Travel in 2021 and Beyond in partnership with PROUD Experiences’

    The importance of brands being positioned to service the LGBTQ+ community and to ultimately help travel brands recover from COVID 19

    Moderator:

    Ian Johnson,
    Principal Consultant,
    Out Now
    Speakers:

    Fred Dixon,
    President & CEO,
    nyc&co

    Shannon Knapp,
    President & CEO,
    Leading Hotels of the World

    Mark Fletcher,
    CEO,
    Manchester Pride

    WTM Responsible Tourism

    Build Back Better for Animals Together

    Tour operators and Destination Management Organisations, as stakeholders in destination stability and economic wellbeing, are repeatedly asked to act towards ensuring animal welfare and public health. It is important to take actions that consider community needs and concerns. This session advocates the importance of collaboration between corporates, NGOs, and communities to bring about meaningful change for all.

    Moderator:

    Daniel Turner,
    Director,
    ANIMONDIAL
    Speakers:

    Katherine Polak,
    Head of Stray Animal Care SEA - Four Paws
    (Southeast Asia)
    Sothea Ek - Four Paws (Cambodia) Aegean Marine Life Rescue (Greece)


    Ape Action Africa (Cameroon)


    Diethelm Travel Group


    Helen Usher,
    ANIMONDIAL

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