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Published on Thursday, July 30, 2020

WTM London outlines plans for socially distanced event

WTM is insisting this November's London event will go ahead, with fewer delegates and enhanced social distancing measures.

As the travel industry tries to restart after the Covid-19 global lockdown, the theme for this year's show is 'Recover, Rebuild and Innovate'.

Social distancing and hygiene rules mean a number of measures have been put in place. Aisles will be wider and a one-way system will operate. There will be no lanyards, electronic payments only and all food will be pre-packaged.

Organisers said 200 exhibitors have signed up to attend.

There will be a tighter vetting process of WTM Buyers' Club, while speed networking events have been reformatted for social distance.

In addition to the show, which is planned for 2-4 November at ExCeL, London, WTM will also hold a WTM Virtual event the following week.

WTM Virtual will take place from 10-11 November 2020 to embrace travel professionals from all over the globe, especially the ones who can't attend the live event due to travel restrictions.

A video has been put together to explain all the changes.

In addition, WTM's technology event,  the Travel Forward conference, which takes place within WTM London, will be free to attend this year.

This year's TF theme is Resilience, Innovation and Response and will focus on helping travel companies, from across the globe, steer a path on the road to a post-Covid recovery.

Travel Forward will also be part of WTM Virtual.

By Lisa James, Deputy Editor (UK)

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