World Travel Market biggest yet

World Travel Market 2005 will be the largest ever, with a 3% increase in exhibitor space and new exhibitors including Ivory Coast, Texas, Etihad Airways, Greater Madrid Tourist Board and Thistle Hotels. “The demand to exhibit has grown extensively and is inevitably reflected in the continued strong performance of the industry, with an expected rise in visitor numbers of between 5%-6% this year,” said group exhibition director Fiona Jeffery. There will also be a spotlight on hotels and airlines in the Mice sector on 15 November, supported by key associations ABPCO, BACD, MIA, MPI UK and EIBTM. With a record number of hotel exhibitors World Travel Market is for the first time hosting a ‘Hotels 2005’ panel discussion on 15 November at 2pm at the World Stage. The senior line-up includes Best Western president and CEO David Kong; Cendant Hotel Group International senior vice president and MD Reas Kondraschow; Hilton Group president for commercial operations Jurgen Fischer and Yotel CEO Gerard Greene. World Travel Market 2005 takes place at London Excel from 14-17 November.

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