Visitor numbers to World Travel Market increased by 3% over the four days against last year’s show, according to organisers.
WTM 2012 attracted almost 29,000 travel trade visitors and could result in almost £2 billion in travel deals, unaudited figures show.
Invited visitors on the first day of the exhibition – Monday, November 5 – were up by 5% on last year’s event.
A speed networking session on the Monday morning attracted a record number of exhibitors (498) and WTM Meridian Club buyers (210) discussing business deals before the exhibition floor opened.
The second day saw a 1% increase on the same day last year while Wednesday achieved a 9% rise in visitors. The final day saw numbers up marginally by 1%.
Reed Travel Exhibitions WTM director Simon Press said: “Every single day experienced an increase in visitors, which demonstrates how WTM delivers for its exhibitors.
“WTM 2011 facilitated an impressive £1,653 million in industry deals. I am confident that the increased visitor numbers alongside the success of the speed networking events will see WTM 2012 responsible for almost £2,000 million in travel deals.”
Next year’s exhibition will include an increased focus on travel technology, luxury and business travel.
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