WTM London 2015 will see the last Thursday, as the leading global event for the industry transforms into a three-day event as of 2016.
But you’d be very much mistaken if you think WTM London’s final Thursday will go out with a whimper. In fact, the day is set to be the opposite with a packed schedule of events and a fun atmosphere meaning we’ll be concluding the four-day event with a BANG.
Some of you may be wondering: What makes Thursday’s so great? Well, here are a few reasons why Thursday is the best day of the week and why you must attend the final Thursday at WTM London 2015.
- You will be a part of history:
Attending the final day of WTM London 2015 will see you make history. Imagine attending the last Thursday at a WTM Event. That’s a claim to fame surely? One to tell the grandkids…
We all love a #ThrowbackThursday and WTM London is no different. Check out these #ThrowbackThursday photos from yesteryear:
- It’s one day closer to the weekend:
Everyone knows that Thursday’s are the new Friday’s and after the many meetings, networking functions and deals signed over the previous three days, Thursday’s are the best time to wind down at WTM London, conclude any meetings, sign any deals and re-arrange a time to catch-up again at some point after WTM London.
Why not look at meeting up with colleagues and business partners at one of our WTM shows in Brazil, Dubai, France or South Africa? Don’t forget, with the world under one roof, it’s important to make the most of your time there …and then you can start preparing for the weekend.
- Late night shopping:
Shopping during the weekend can be stressful with the hordes of people in every shop and the countless items of clothing strewn over the floor. Wouldn’t it be great to go Thursday evening after WTM London? Well, Thursday night offers late night shopping so take a short cab ride or tube ride to the largest urban shopping and leisure destination in Europe, Westfield Shopping Centre – Stratford City. With over 250 shops and 65 restaurants, treat yourself with a great end to a busy week.
- Best time to book a holiday:
According to studies, Thursday is the cheapest day to book flights. Thursday at WTM London offers the perfect platform for the industry to conclude any business deals in preparation for the holidays consumers will see on the shelves in 2016. This year, WTM will facilitate more than £2.5 billion in industry deals, made up of holidays that will be available next year, so make sure when you do get round to booking your 2016 holiday, leave it until a Thursday to get the best deal going.
- Treat yourself Thursday:
You’re allowed to be unhealthy on a Thursday, it’s the rules. If you’ve been good all week then you’ve earned yourself a little treat. There’s no doubt you clocked up the miles walking from region to region around the exhibition show floor. You never know, WTM London delegates attending on Thursday may be lucky enough to pick up some local delicacies and treats from some of the stands.
ExCeL London also offers an array of catering outlets, so why not plan a final meeting with partners over a nice tasty lunch within the venue?
- WTM London’s final Thursday will be full of fun-filled events:
If you’re still in doubt about whether you should attend WTM London’s final Thursday then here’s a few things that are happening throughout the day:
- WTM Buyers’ Speed Networking – This intensive hour-long session at the Global Stage (AS850) offers participants the chance to hold many mini-meetings with potential business partners, which can be followed up that day, or after WTM London.
- Holidays Matter Annual Conference – This day-long conference will bring together industry partners, charities and researchers to make connections, share best practice and find out how to help people who cannot afford an annual break.
- WTM Bloggers’ Speed Networking – Another speed networking but this time it involves 100 of the world’s leading bloggers to meet exhibitors. The mini-meetings allow bloggers to discuss ways to increase the exhibitors’ media exposure.
- #DTTT Travel Start-up pitches – Travel start-ups will pitch to the audience and delegates will vote live to choose which ones are worth backing during the two-hour session.
- The Responsible Tourism and Snowsports session – An hour-long session will be studying the environmental and social impacts of ski and snowboarding holidays.
- Travel Perspective will also be running a few sessions aimed at helping travel companies make the most of social media trends.
- The Institute of Travel and Tourism will hold a conference for students of travel and tourism, and will provide delegates with an unparalleled opportunity to hear from the sector’s rising stars and leading figures.
- Freshwater and Marine Cruising will bring together experts to discuss sustainability and the social, economic and environmental effects of cruising.
- The final responsible travel session will have all the ingredients for a tasty debate, as it covers the issues of food and drink on holiday.