Nearly half of the industry bosses surveyed believe London’s position as a leading global business and tourism hub is under threat as rival airports, such as Istanbul and Dubai, are rising in importance globally.
Just over half think London and the South East need extra runway capacity, with the favoured option being a third runway at Heathrow.
Now in its 34th year, WTM, which is owned by Reed Exhibitions, is expected to attract almost 48,000 delegates.
Today’s line-up includes a Captain of Industry lunch with Sir Stuart Rose. BBC journalist Stephen Sackur will interview the former chief executive and chairman of Marks & Spencer at an invitation-only event.
The day started with a speed networking session for buyers’ club members and exhibitors.