Each year, usually during November, the World Travel Market pays a visit to London for an exhibition at London’s Excel Arena. The World Travel Market is a huge event with exhibitors from all over the world including, airlines, hoteliers, tourist boards (national, regional and local), tour operators and travel agents. The event is open to people who work in the tourism industry and is a great place to visit to meet exhibitors and learn about the latest news and events going on around the world.
This year, we sent our newest recruit Elisha down to London to attend the exhibition as it is also a great way for a trainee to broaden their knowledge and learn about the destinations we sell and advise on. This was Elisha’s day:
I took the morning train down to London, so I arrived just after 10am. I then took to the tube to Greenwich North where I had to take the Emirates Air Line Cable Car to get to the Excel, I was very nervous about this because you are dangling right over the Thames for the whole journey but once it got going I was fine. From there it was a short walk round the corner to the Excel centre. London City Airport is just over the other side so there was numerous planes coming into land during the day.
When I got inside the first thing I saw was the Abu Dhabi and Dubai stands, these stood out more than any of the others, they had loads on display, including falcons for people to hold if they wanted. You could tell how seriously they take tourism just by looking at the elaborately decorated stands.
From there I went to the Egypt stands, where I got a henna tattoo and my name wrote in hieroglyphics. Other stands were providing information on Egyptair, Nile River cruises, Snorkelling and various hotel resorts.
After this I headed to the Europe section, London had a very big presence throughout, stalls included the Big Bus tours, City Sightseeing, plus many theatre shows and hotels. I spoke to people from the Holland tourist board, Russia, Romania and many more. At this point the holdall I took was almost full from all the hand outs I got from people.
From there I visited the rest of the continents, in South America I tried Ecuadorian chocolates, these were very popular with everyone there. In Asia I saw a variety of airlines including Thai Airways and Emirates, who had there first class cabins on show.
There were lot’s of people visiting over the 3 days it was on, a lot of these people, like myself just went to gather information but for other people it was an opportunity to have business meetings.
After walking around for hours, my feet couldn’t take any more so I headed back to Kings Cross and on to the train back to York.