World TravelMarket 2011, the leading global event for the travel industry, experienced animpressive 5% increase in visitors compared to the previous event.
More than 28, 000visitors (28, 183) attended WTM 2011 compared to 26, 908 that attended WTM 2010, reveals unaudited figures.
The 2011 risecements the massive 10% increase in visitors WTM 2010 experienced compared toWTM 2009.
The first day of World Travel Market 2011 was a resounding success with exhibitor invitations visitors up a massive 14% on WTM 2010.
The Monday of WTM is an Exhibitor Invite-only day with the aim of allowing exhibitors to hold discussions and negotiations with those people that theywant to conduct business with.
The first day of WTM 2011 saw 7, 614 Exhibitor Invitations visitors attend.
Furthermore, 204 of the exhibitor invitees buyers and 457 exhibitors took part in the highly successful Speed Networking session, which took place for the first time before the exhibition opened to allow even more time for exhibitors and buyers fromWTM Meridian Club to negotiate and conclude deals at WTM 2011.
Also, 29 luxury travel buyers had pre-scheduled business appointments with 37 luxury travel brands in the session – A Taste of ILTM at WTM. It is the firsttime WTM has hosted a pre-scheduled appointment session.
Total attendance on the first day at WTM 2011 was 8% up on WTM 2010 with almost 23, 000 (22, 913) participants, with a 19% rise in buyers and exhibitors 4%higher than at WTM 2010, the raw data reveals.
Overall WTM 2011 attracted 47, 776 participants compared to 47, 719 in 2010.
Reed Travel Exhibitions Director World Travel Market Simon Press said: “I am delighted with the attendance figures for WTM 2011. To cement last year’s10% visitor increase with a further 5% rise is a great result.
“Most important is the record number attending the first day of WTM 2011 under the Exhibitor Invitations policy. The 14% increase in Exhibitor Invitees on the Monday of WTM 2011 and the success of the WTM Speed Networking sets the event up toconduct a record amount of business.”
WTM2010 generated a record £1, 425 million in industry deals up 25% on the 2009 figure of £1, 139 million.
Full ABC audited attendance figures for WTM 2011 will be available shortly.