Please circulate this information to all your colleagues to
avoid unnecessary telephone calls to Travel Weekly staff.

To receive an interview request form, or if you have any queries
regarding the WTM daily editions, NOT THE PREVIEW FEATURE
please contact editorial assistant Beth Craven on telephone
number 020-8652 8230 or email

Any queries regarding WTM Preview, please contact features

WTM Preview Feature
– Travel Weekly October 29 2004

The WTM Preview is a comprehensive round-up of what show visitors
can expect to see at ExCeL. It is compiled by the features team at
Travel Weekly. A brief will be sent out to writers by September 24
so you don’t have long to get your ideas/information in.

We will be looking for exclusive leads on new products, brochure
launches, market trends, pricing and marketing campaigns. Writers
do not want recycled stories of past events or developments that
have already happened, ie, a brochure launch or hotel opening which
occurred in September.

Information/press releases to be supplied directly to writers no
later than October 8
Picture deadline (NB colour transparencies/hi-res digital files or
good quality prints only) by Friday October 10. Please send
pictures to features editor Teresa Machan marking them clearly as
pictures for inclusion in WTM Preview. Teresa can be reached on
020-8652 8241.

All preview feature information should be addressed to the Features

This year, Features editor Teresa Machan  will co-ordinate
releases and ensure they are passed on to relevant writer.


WTM Daily Papers

November 8-11 2004


  • Travel Weekly produces four daily papers at WTM – one for
    each day of the show. The first daily paper is put together in the
    three weeks before the event, with reporters carrying out
    interviews over the telephone. The final production deadline for
    the first issue is Wednesday November 3. However, we advise you to
    get requests in as soon as possible as spaces are snapped up very
    quickly. Obviously, interviews conducted in the week before WTM
    (November 1-November 5) stand no chance of getting in the first
    daily paper.
  • A separate news team is responsible for producing the WTM daily
    editions at the show. Our editorial office at ExCel is in Waterside
    room 22. You may drop off press releases to this office, but please
    do not bring clients – especially if you have missed your
    interview. Please keep visits for essential enquiries only as we
    have constant deadlines (you can bring gifts of beer, wine, food
    and erm, more beer!!).
  • Enclosed are SEPARATE REQUEST FORMS for interviews for the
    first daily published on Monday November 8, and for interview and
    picture requests for each of the subsequent dailies. Please fill in
    appropriate form and send to Beth Craven at the address provided or
    by fax to 020-8652 3956.  We will contact you to confirm the
    interview. We CANNOT guarantee that you will get your requested
    interview slot, although we will do all we can to accommodate you.
    Those wishing to do pre-show interviews to appear in the Monday
    edition should put a suggested time and date for the telephone
    interview to take place.

First daily: The interview request deadline is
Friday October 8.  Telephone interviews take place from October 11
to October 25.  

Other dailies: The interview and picture
request deadline is Friday October 29. Interviews at WTM take place
on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the show. You will see that the
form asks you to state where you would like the interview to take
place.  Please ensure you provide a mobile number on which you will
be contactable on the day.


  • We do not want to waste time interviewing people who have
    nothing to say. Stories such as refurbishments of individual hotels
    are not worthy of an interview but may be used if submitted in
    press release form.  If you have such a story for the first daily,
    send it to Beth Craven at our Sutton offices marked “WTM First
    Daily”. Ensure you have included contact details. If you have such
    a story for the other dailies, please hand in at the Travel Weekly
    newsroom at the event.
  • ExCel is a very big place and it takes a good five minutes to
    walk its length. Please tell your clients to remember that when
    they are off exploring – they must leave sufficient time to
    get back to their stand for interview at the agreed time. Reporters
    are VERY BUSY and work to a very tight schedule. They WILL NOT wait
    while your clients are collected from the bar etc. A general
    guideline is that interviews will take around 15 minutes unless it
    is a particularly important story. The best stories for the dailies
    will be selected for the following weekly edition of Travel


Travel Weekly has photographers working at WTM on the Sunday before
the show and the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday of the show.

  • We prefer exclusive stories and pictures for all the dailies
    and we will consider submitted stories and pictures for the first
    daily. The best pictures – that’s the most colourful and
    newsy – will be considered for the front page. Send to Travel
    Weekly offices for the attention of Beth Craven and marked “WTM
    Monday daily”. Pictures that fail to make the first edition will be
    considered for the subsequent editions of the dailies.

Have a great WTM.


Martin Lane


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