CAPE TOWN, 06 APRIL 2022 – And that’s a wrap! Africa Travel Week 2022 edition kicked off this week with a successful two-day virtual event, paving the way for next week’s live event in the host city of Cape Town from 11 to 13 April.
Bringing together buyers from across the globe and exhibitors throughout the continent, Africa Travel Week’s virtual event has set the tone for the first live event – with headline shows World Travel Market Africa and International Luxury Travel Market Africa – aimed at unlocking destination Africa’s tourism potential since the pandemic disrupted travel over two years ago, says Megan Oberholzer, RX Africa Portfolio Director: Travel, Tourism & Creative Industries.
“We were pleased with the feedback received from our virtual delegates; now it’s full steam ahead for the live show at the Cape Town International Convention Centre in less than a week’s time. Some of our buyers have decided to travel earlier to enjoy the best of what Cape Town has to offer and our exclusive International Luxury Travel Market Africa media junket kicks off this weekend. After two years, it’s safe to say the tourism industry is raring to reconnect and we’re thrilled to be the platform providing this opportunity in person,” Oberholzer adds.
One of the many highlights for Africa Travel Week will be the unveiling of a tourism trends report, highlighting 10 key emerging trends affecting the tourism sector. This is the launch presentation in a speaker line up that will deliver 84 content sessions, featuring 165 leading speakers who will be sharing their insights on everything from LGBTQ+ travel to travel technology, adventure to responsible tourism.
WTM Africa follows in the footsteps of Arabian Travel Market and World Travel Market London which took place in a hybrid format in 2021.
Says Vasyl Zhygalo, WTM Portfolio Director: “2022 has been a really promising year for the WTM Portfolio of events and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back in person at WTM Africa.
“Our last two successful hybrid shows, Arabian Travel Market (ATM) and WTM London took place in 2021 and received positive feedback and many congratulatory comments from those who attended them. We’re confident WTM Africa will follow the steps of its sister events and will deliver a spectacular show.”
Further, Africa Travel Week will adhere to all government protocols and entry restrictions to ensure delegate safety. Information pertaining to safety measures will be communicated on a regular basis. For an overview of the entry requirements, visit the WTM Africa website.
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World Travel Market (WTM) Portfolio comprises leading travel events, online portals and virtual platforms across four continents, generating more than $7.5 billion of industry deals. The events are:
WTM Latin America takes place annually in São Paulo and attracts around 19,000 tourism professionals during a three-day event. The show offers qualified content, as well as networking and business opportunities. In its ninth edition – the first 100% virtual – WTM Latin America followed its focus on effective business generation and reached the milestone of 4,200 meetings held between buyers, travel agents and exhibitors.
Next event: Tuesday 5 to Thursday 7 April 2022 – Expo Center Norte, SP, Brazil
WTM Africa launched in 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. More than 6,000 travel industry professionals attend Africa’s leading inbound and outbound travel and tourism market. WTM Africa delivers a proven mix of hosted buyers, media, pre-scheduled appointments, on-site networking, evening functions and invited travel trade visitors.
Next event: Monday 11 to Wednesday 13 April 2022 – Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town http://africa.wtm.com/
About ATW Connect: Africa Travel Week’s digital arm, is a virtual hub packed to the seams with interesting content, industry news and insights, and the opportunity to hear from experts on a variety of topics in our new monthly webinar series. All with the aim to keep all of us in the travel and tourism industry connected. ATW Connect focuses on inbound and outbound markets for general leisure tourism, luxury travel, LGBTQ+ travel and the MICE/business travel sector as well as travel technology.
Arabian Travel Market (ATM), now on its 29th year, is the leading, international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals. ATM 2021 showcased over 1,300 exhibiting companies from 62 countries across nine halls at Dubai World Trade Centre, with visitors from more than 140 countries over the four days. Arabian Travel Market is part of Arabian Travel Week. #IdeasArriveHere
Next in-person event: Sunday 8 to Wednesday 11 May 2022, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai
Next virtual event: Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 19th May 2022
Arabian Travel Week is a festival of events taking place within and alongside Arabian Travel Market 2022. Providing a renewed focus for the Middle East’s travel and tourism sector, it includes ATM Virtual, ILTM Arabia, Arival Dubai, Influencers’ events and activations, as well as Travel Forward. It also features the ATM Buyer Forums, ATM Speed Networking Events as well as a series of country summits.
WTM London, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend three-day exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry. Around 50,000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international media visit ExCeL London every November, generating over £3.71 billion in travel industry contracts.
Next live event: Monday 7 to 9 November 2022 at ExCel London
London Travel Week, brought to you by WTM London, is the one-stop-shop for event hosts and visitors to be able to shape the next 12 months of travel together. The festival of events supports the global travel and tourism industry through capturing invaluable news and enhancing industry connections.
Next event: Friday 4 November – Friday 11 November 2022 – Around London
WTM Global Hub, is the new WTM Portfolio online portal created to connect and support travel industry professionals around the world. The resource hub offers the latest guidance and knowledge to help exhibitors, buyers and others in the travel industry face the challenges of the global coronavirus pandemic. WTM Portfolio is tapping into its global network of experts to create content for the hub. https://hub.wtm.com/
About RX (Reed Exhibitions)
RX is in the business of building businesses for individuals, communities and organisations. We elevate the power of face to face events by combining data and digital products to help customers learn about markets, source products and complete transactions at over 400 events in 22 countries across 43 industry sectors. RX is passionate about making a positive impact on society and is fully committed to creating an inclusive work environment for all our people. RX is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers. www.rxglobal.com
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