Top industry speakers lined-up for a leading global event

A leading global event taking place between 4 – 6 November 2019 at ExCeL London, WTM has lined-up esteemed speakers including the President of Hilton Hotels in the EMEA region, a top easyJet boss and the CEO of Virgin Atlantic.

Following on from last year’s successful introduction of the Regional Inspiration Zones, WTM London 2019 will continue to host a varied selection of informative sessions in each of the areas.

On the opening day of WTM London (Monday 4 November), the Global Stage will play host to a panel discussion moderated by the Telegraph’s Deputy Head of Travel, Ben Ross, focusing on the current state of UK Travel Markets and what to expect in 2020. Speakers will discuss what they think the key factors developing the travel trade will be heading into 2020 and will highlight the new possibilities for the industry. Speakers such as Jo Rzymowska, VP and Managing Director of Celebrity Cruises, Caroline Bremner, Head of Travel at Euromonitor and Neil Slaven, UK Country Director of EasyJet. They will all be sharing their views and addressing issues from consumer con dence to changing holiday preferences and the ever-present effect of Brexit.

On Monday afternoon, visitors will have the chance to listen to Simon Vincent OBE, the Executive VP and President of Europe, Middle East & Africa for Hilton Hotels. As a crucial part of the travel and tourism industry, Simon will be expressing his views on the future of both Hilton and the hotel industry in general.

Tuesday’s schedule will include the Ministers’ Summit hosted by the UNWTO’s Secretary General, Zurab Pololikashvili, providing a practical platform for tourism leaders in the public and private sectors to share best practices and create new innovative perspectives for the travel sector. The session will run for two hours and include a networking opportunity.

Later in the day, Shai Weiss, the CEO of Virgin Atlantic will be talking to John Strickland of JLS Consulting on the European Inspiration Zone stage. Virgin Atlantic is taking off in a new direction this year with a new CEO and ownership structure so this interview will provide a fascinating opportunity for the audience to understand how they plan to compete in the airline industry over the coming decades.

Wednesday will host World Responsible Tourism Day. The event schedule is filled with specific talks designed to benefit all sectors of the industry. Travel Perspective will be taking over the Global Stage in the afternoon to host a talk focusing on the past 40 years of travel and what we have learned from this, which will assist in plans for the future of the industry.

Photo: World Travel Market 2018, ExCeL London – The team that brings you World Travel Market