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World leaders in travel take to the stage at WTM

World leaders in travel take to the stage at WTM ( Influential movers and shakers in the travel industry will be at World Travel Market London 2015 – the leading global event for the travel industry – to debate key issues affecting the trade.

There will be two “World Travel Leaders” sessions, along with a ceremony to present the World Travel Leaders Awards to individuals and organizations that have contributed the most to the global travel and tourism industry over the lifetime of WTM.

The first WTM World Travel Leaders session is entitled “Asia – Inbound and Outbound Travel – Growing Globally,” sponsored by Korean Tourism Organization, and will look at the new Asian powerhouses of the global leisure travel market.

Moderated by respected global strategic advisor Anita Mendiratta – Founder and Managing Director at Cachet Consulting – the panel debate will discuss crucial issues driving this growth, now and in the future, and how to take advantage of the expansion.

The panelists will be Tran Trong Kien, Chairman and General Director, Thien Minh Group (Buffalo Tours); Mario Hardy, Chief Executive, Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA); Peter Kerkar, Group Chief Executive, Cox&Kings; and Wendy Wu, Founder and Chief Executive, Wendy Wu Tours.

The debate will be followed by the WTM World Travel Leaders Awards, which give WTM’s Official Media Partners – which represent key travel industry media around the world – an excellent platform to congratulate and recognize those companies and individuals that have made significant contributions to travel and tourism in their region or sector.

Three nominations from each of WTM’s media partners were judged in September by a panel of three, consisting of an independent body, a representative of WTM and the relevant media partner.

The second World Travel Leaders debate is entitled “UK Inbound and Domestic Travel – Breaking Records” and will be moderated by Deirdre Wells, Chief Executive, UKInbound.

Drawn from successful companies in the sector, the panelists will study why the UK has seen significant growth and record tourist numbers over recent years, and how to benefit from future expansion.

Speakers will be Terry Williamson, Chief Executive, JacTravel; Denis Wormwell, Chief Executive, Shearings Holidays, Kyle Haughton, Managing Director, City Cruises and Neil Davies, Head of Travel Trade, Bourne Leisure.

WTM London, Conference Manger, Charlotte Sutton, said: “Only World Travel Market London can attract such a list of high-caliber speakers, and the audience at both sessions will be able to hear directly from travel’s big guns – leading entrepreneurs, powerful corporate figures and industry figureheads.

“Nowhere else can you listen to so many experts and leaders in their fields, and gain vital insights that can help boost your own business.”

The first WTM World Travel Leaders debate and WTM World Travel Leaders Awards will take place on 3 November from 2.30-4pm on the WTM Global Stage.

The second World Travel Leaders debate will be on 4 November, from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm in South Gallery 13&14.

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