World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, will host controversial former UK Transport Minister Lord Andrew Adonis on Tuesday November 6.
Lord Adonis will discuss the urgent transport challenges facing the UK, in particular the contentious issue of runway capacity in the South-East of England. He is a supporter of expanding Heathrow Airport having tried to push through a third runway for the airport while Transport Secretary in the previous UK Government in 2009/10.
He will discuss the other proposals including a Thames Estuary airport dubbed ‘Boris Island’ as it is favoured by London Major Boris Johnson.
Lord Adonis has also been critical of the current government’s handling of the High Speed Railway project between London and Birmingham claiming “dithering” may mean it is not operational by the targeted 2026.
Reed Travel Exhibitions Director World Travel Market Simon Press said: “I am delighted to be able to announce Lord Adonis as a speaker at WTM 2012. WTM 2012 has an impressive line-up of senior speakers, which will help to complement the high level business being conducted on the exhibition floor.
“Lord Adonis has spent a number of years in government and will be able to give WTM delegates the inside track on the processes and inner workings of Parliament. He will also share his thoughts and opinion on a number of key issues for WTM participants that he has previously been heavily involved in, including plans to expand airport capacity in the South East of England and the High Speed rail link.”
Lord Adonis will be interviewed by ITT Chairman Dr Steven Freudmann as part of the session Face-to-Face with Lord Adonis which takes place in Platinum Suites 3-4 at 2pm on Tuesday 6 November.
About World Travel Market
World Travel Market, the leading global event for the travel industry, is the must-attend four-day business-to-business exhibition for the worldwide travel and tourism industry.
Almost 48, 000 senior travel industry professionals, government ministers and international press, embark on ExCeL – London every November to network, negotiate and discover the latest industry opinion and trends at WTM.
WTM, now in its 33rd year, is the event where the travel industry conducts and concludes its deals.
WTM 2011 will generate £1, 653 million of travel industry contracts, revealed independent research by Fusion Communications.
WTM is owned by the world’s leading events organiser Reed Exhibitions (RE), which organises a portfolio of other travel industry events including Arabian Travel Market and International Luxury Travel Market.
In 2010, RE held more than 460 events in 36 countries bringing together more than seven million people from around the world generating billions of dollars in business.
About Reed Travel Exhibitions
Reed Travel Exhibitions (RTE) is the world’s leading provider of exhibitions in the travel and tourism industry. Its wide-ranging portfolio of events around the globe covers leisure travel, luxury travel, business travel and the meetings and incentives industry.
In 2011 RTE 13 events were the catalyst for £2, 807 million worth of travel and tourism business deals.
The 13 events are; World Travel Market (WTM), Arabian Travel Market (ATM), International French Travel Market (IFTM), La Cumbre, International Golf Travel Market (IGTM), International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM), International Luxury Travel Market Asia (ILTMA), Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) (owned by Melbourne Convention + Visitors Bureau), Global Exhibition for Incentive, Business Travel, and Meetings (EIBTM), Gulf Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (GIBTM), Americas Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (AIBTM), China Incentive, Business Travel and Meetings (CIBTM) and Business Travel Market.
April 2013 will see RTE launch World Travel Market Latin America in São Paulo.
RTE is a business unit of Reed Exhibitions. In 2011, six million participants attended RE’s 500 events in 39 countries covering 44 industry sectors from aerospace and aviation to beauty and cosmetics to sports and recreation.
Reed Exhibitions is owned by Reed Elsevier, the world’s leading provider of professional information and online workflow solutions.
About Reed Exhibitions
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organizer, with over 500 events in 39 countries. In 2011 Reed brought together six million active event participants from around the world, generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organized by 33 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 44 industry sectors with trade and consumer events and is part of the Reed Elsevier Group plc, a world-leading publisher and information provider and a FTSE 100 company.www.reedexpo.com