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Travel expert Doug Lansky to speak at WTM London

Travel expert Doug Lansky to speak at WTM London ( International travel expert Doug Lansky has been confirmed to speak at the new-look 3-day World Travel Market London 2016.

Lansky is a tourism development advisor and travel writer with controversial and challenging views on the travel industry, especially the role of Destination Marketing Organizations (DMOs).

His keynote presentation will challenge current DMO marketing practices and instead encourage the promotion of individualism, realism and connecting with the true culture of the destination. He proposes the ‘D’ in DMOs should stand for ‘management’ instead of ‘marketing’. Lansky highlights Guam, which used tourism marketing funds to clean up a beach instead of having unrealistic pictures of the beach in its marketing material. The strategy boosted the destination’s ranking on TripAdvisor.

Doug is the author of 10 books, including three for Lonely Planet and three for Rough Guides. He served as travel editor for Scandinavian Airlines inflight magazine for three years and, more recently, as Destinations Editor and columnist for Skift. He has contributed to publications such as National Geographic Traveler, Reader’s Digest, Esquire, Men’s Journal, The Guardian, National Geographic Adventure, and Huffington Post.

“I am delighted to be invited to speak at World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry,” Doug said.

“I aim to firstly make DMOs think about their current marketing strategies and then educate and inspire them to improve their practices by making the promotion truly unique to each destination.”

WTM London, Senior Director, Simon Press, said: “It is great WTM London can confirm Doug Lansky as one of the keynote speakers for 2016.

“Doug has fascinating and thought-provoking ideas on the travel industry and in particular how DMOs promote their destinations to entice holidaymakers.

“He will be a great addition to the new-look three-day WTM London.”

WTM London is the event where the travel and tourism industry conducts its business deals. Buyers from the WTM Buyers Club have a combined purchasing responsibility of £22.6 billion (£15.8bn) and sign deals at the event worth $3.6 billion (£2.5bn).

WTM London 2016 will be revamped as a 3-day event from Monday, November 7-Wednesday, November 9, with opening hours extended from 10 am-7 pm for all 3 days.

About World Travel Market London

WTM London, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend three-day business-to-business exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry.

Almost 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, embark on ExCeL - London every November to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM London.

WTM London is the event where the travel industry conducts and concludes its deals. WTM London will generate around £2.5 billion of travel industry contracts.

WTM London is part of Reed Travel Exhibition’s World Travel Market events, which also includes Arabian Travel Market, World Travel Market Latin America and World Travel Market Africa.

Reed Travel Exhibitions

Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry. Its wide-ranging portfolio of events around the globe covers leisure travel, luxury travel, meetings, incentives and business travel, as well as golf, ski and spa travel.

RTE, which organizes more than 22 events around the world, includes three divisions; World Travel Market, IBTM Events and International Luxury Travel Market.

RTE is a business unit of Reed Exhibitions.

About Reed Exhibitions

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with more than 500 events in 43 countries. In 2014 Reed brought together more than seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 41 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of the RELX Group plc, a world-leading provider of information solutions for professional customers across industries.

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