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WTM Introduces Environmental Initiatives

WTM Introduces Environmental Initiatives ( World Travel Market, which takes place in London between Monday 12 – Thursday 15 November, is introducing a number of environmental initiatives to reduce waste and energy and use reusable products.

Organisers stress the developments are just an initial start to make the event more environmentally friendly.

“Like so many in our industry, there is much more we can do to reduce man’s footprint – and World Travel Market is no exception”, said Fiona Jeffery, WTM’s Chairman.

“I would not pretend for a moment that we are perfect or that there is more that we can do in the years to come to make World Travel Market more environmentally sound. But we have to start somewhere.

“We have to raise our hands above the parapet and take up the challenges rather than just talk about them. That is what we are doing and we hope that our exhibitors and visitors will join with us in this mammoth but vital task.”

The environmental initiatives are part of World Travel Market’s continuing focus on responsible tourism, which the event began 13 years ago. This year, World Travel Market, in association with the UNWTO and supported by leading international industry associations, such as the World Travel&Tourism Council (WTTC) and the Pacific Asian Tourism Association (PATA), is launching WTM’s World Responsible Tourism Day, the first ever ambitious day of action worldwide, on Wednesday 14 November.

World Travel Market exhibitors will be issued with three colour coded bags - red, blue and green - to separate their waste into paper, glass, plastics and food waste.

All waste will be taken to a recently installed on-site recycling centre at ExCeL London which includes a sealed portable compactor for food waste supported by a wormery which will compost the majority of food waste generated. The womery is the first of its kind in the UK.

Additionally, all carpet tiles are reusable, cotton carrier bags will be standard and all printed material is sourced from sustainable forests or recycled paper.

Exhibitors are also being encouraged to reduce the amount of printed material they bring to the show, to use environmentally friendly materials and to provide media kits on memory sticks.

Added Jeffery: “For every tonne of waste that is produced at an exhibition, at least 20% is produced simply because of lack of proper planning about the amount of resources required. Our objective is to reduce waste to the totally unavoidable by using products which can be reused or recycled.”

Exhibitors are being advised to avoid using tropical hardwoods for furniture and display fittings – unless they come from a sustainable, managed source.

“There are many small actions that collectively can make a difference”, continued Jeffery. “For example, making sure that plants and shrubs on a stand go to good homes afterwards, ensuring that key messages are on display panels rather than overloading visitors with information sheets and using carpet tiles that can be used again, rather than ordinary carpet.”

Fiona Jeffery is also founder and chairman of Just a Drop, which she started on behalf of the international industry nine years ago, raising money for water-aid projects where ever they are needed. Currently, the registered charity and its supporters worldwide have raised more than £800,000, helping 800,000 people in 25 countries.

Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading organiser of exhibitions and conferences. Reed brings together over 90,000 suppliers and more than 5.5 million buyers from around the world every year generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held in 38 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific, and organised by 33 fully staffed offices.

Reed’s portfolio of over 460 events serves 52 industry sectors, including:
aerospace and defense, building and construction, design, electronics, energy, oil and gas, entertainment, food and hospitality, gifts, healthcare, IT/telecoms, jewellery, manufacturing, marketing and business services, pharmaceuticals, property, publishing, sport and recreation, transport and logistics and travel.

Working closely with professional bodies, trade associations and government departments Reed ensures that each and every event is targeted and relevant to industry needs. As a result, many Reed events are market leaders in their field.

Reed Exhibitions is part of Reed Elsevier, a FTSE 100 company and world-leading publisher and information provider, with revenues in excess of £4.8 billion (US$ 8.4 billion) (2004).

Reed Travel Exhibitions organise 17 events worldwide, including World Travel Market, Arabian Travel Market, C.I.S. Travel Market, EIBTM, British Travel Trade Fair, Asia Pacific Incentives&Meetings Expo (AIME), International Golf Travel Market, Top Resa, Mediterranean Travel Fair, ICCA Exhibition, in association with the ICCA Congress, International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), La Cumbre, City Break, China Incentive, Business Travel&Meetings Exhibition (CIBTM), Latin American&Caribbean Incentive&Meetings Exhibition (LACIME), Gulf Incentive Business Travel&Meetings (GIBTM) and Asia Luxury Travel Market (ALTM).

For further press information, please visit the Reed Travel Exhibitions’ website on

For further information contact Simon Greenbury on tel: +44 (0) 208 441 3773 or email

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