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WTM 2012 first day visitors up 5 percent

WTM 2012 first day visitors up 5 percent ( The first day of World Travel Market 2012, the leading global event for the travel industry, was a resounding success with exhibitor invitation visitors up 5% on last year’s event.

The Monday of WTM is an exhibitor Invite-only day with the aim of allowing exhibitors to hold discussions and negotiations with those buyers that they want to conduct business with.

The first day of WTM 2012 saw almost 8,000 (7,992) exhibitor invitations attend, according to unaudited figures. This compares to 7,614 on the first day of WTM 2011, which was 14% up on the year before.

More than 200 of the exhibitor invitee buyers took part in the highly successful Speed Networking session, which took place before the event opened to allow even more time for exhibitors and buyers from WTM Meridian Club to negotiate and conclude deals at WTM 2012.

Furthermore, more than 30 luxury travel buyers had pre-scheduled business appointments with luxury travel brands in the session – A Taste of ILTM at WTM.
Reed Travel Exhibitions Director World Travel Market Simon Press said: “I am delighted with the attendance figures for the day of WTM 2012. World Travel Market is all about exhibitors doing business with WTM Meridian Club buyers. The exhibitor invitation policy for the day of WTM was introduced to allow exhibitors to negotiate business deals with those buyers they want to sign contracts with.

“The WTM Speed Networking session was the busiest ever with more than 200 buyers and 400 exhibitors taking part, setting up a highly successful day and WTM 2012.”

MEDIA CONTACT: Nicole Collett, Press and PR Executive,
World Travel Market, Tel: +44 (0) 20 8910 7836, Fax: +44 (0) 20 8334 0624, Web:

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