Global Sport Tourism Summit at WTM London

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A new Global Sport Tourism Summit will be launched at World Travel Market London 2016, the leading global event for the travel industry, in association with sport tourism company W2 Consulting.

Taking place on the first day of WTM London (7 November), the inaugural Global Sport Tourism Summit at WTM London will showcase the burgeoning worldwide sport tourism sector and provide a platform for destinations, events, academics and respected professionals in the field to discuss best practice and future trends.

Following a summer of sport – with the European football championships in France and the Olympics in Rio – the summit will feature keynote speakers from across the world to debate one of the fastest growing tourism industry segments.

The Global Sport Tourism Summit at WTM will have three key strands:

  1. Sport Tourism Summit – Presentations from key figures, events, destinations and experts, along with networking opportunities.
  2. Sport Tourism Data – Launch of the Annual Sport Tourism Monitor 2016
  3. Global Sport Tourism Awards at WTM London – Award presentations honouring excellence in a range of categories including destinations, marketing, events and charities.

The summit will be hosted by WTM London in partnership with sport tourism consultancy, W2 Consulting, which was founded by Mark O’Connell & Keith Wood – a decorated international rugby union star, who played for Ireland and the British and Irish Lions.

World Travel Market London, Senior Director, Simon Press said: “I am delighted WTM London will be hosting the inaugural Global Sport Tourism Summit and Awards. Sport tourism is an increasingly important segment within the travel industry with countries and cities bidding for major sporting events in part due to the exposure and the positive impact it can have on the destination’s tourism industry. Teaming up with W2 Consulting means we will have top-flight speakers, insightful debates and astute analysis to help attendees get the most out of the summit.”

Wood added: “The Sport Tourism sector has grown significantly in recent years with WTM London championing its cause at the annual event. We are extremely excited to announce the establishment of this major Global Sport Tourism Summit for 2016 and working with WTM London on this significant summit. Sporting events are continually in the headlines, offering huge opportunities to the host destination & tourism stakeholders. The Global Sport Tourism Summit at WTM London will hear from international experts how destinations can exploit the potential available in what is the fastest growing sector in global tourism and win bids for major global events.”

The Global Sport Tourism Summit at WTM London will take place on Monday 7 November.

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 three-day event from Monday 7 – Wednesday 9 November, with opening hours extended from 10am – 7pm for all three days.

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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.  www.wtmworld.com

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 organises 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 organiser, 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 organised 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.

W2 Consulting

W2 Consulting provides strategic research, planning, evaluation and project implementation specialising in the tourism and sport sectors. W2 Consulting work with destinations, organisations and brands in the delivery of events and strategies that focus on return on investment.