WTM lays COVID-19 protocols

Organisers share details of the safety measures undertaken for the face-to-face events at ExCeL London. Exhibiting at WTM London may look a little different this year, but it will continue to be the place where ideas are generated and connections are made.

Janice Alyosius

This year, the shows will be hybrid with physical events from November 1-3, followed by the virtual shows from November 8-9.

The live events will be the first face-to-face gatherings for the international travel and tourism sector since ease of restrictions  and the WTM and TF teams are drawing upon its global experience and expertise to deliver a secure environment in which to conduct business.

“We are eager to welcome visitors back to ExCeL as it is time for industry professionals to reunite in person as the sector recovers.” said Simon Press, WTM London and Travel Forward exhibition director. All Secure Guidelines 2.0, have been prepared by AEO, AEV & ESSA in line with guidance published by DCMS/Government. To create an environment for business to thrive again, implementation of increased hygiene measures and medical safeguarding will be done. “The health and safety of visitors, exhibitors
and staff will be our utmost priority and we will continue to issue updates to reassure delegates as we approach the show.” added Press.

Advance registration before arrival is mandatory. Delegates can show their badge for contactless scanning, either on a smartphone or printout. For safety, it is compulsory to wear a facemask when using public transport, frequent use of hand sanitizer and elbow bumps are suggested as an alternative to handshakes or hugs.

The Excel Cleaning team has been specially trained to deliver new cleaning procedures before, during and after the event, including regular cleaning of all touch points. Catering facilities will open in line with the latest government guidance and cashless payments are encouraged. Exhibitors are reviewing stand designs to avoid enclosed meeting areas with open, ventilated space.

“All attendees will verify their COVID status, so delegates can conduct business with confidence. Exhibiting at WTM London may look a little different this year, but it will continue to be the place where ideas are generated and new connections are made. We urge visitors to prepare in advance to ensure everyone knows about the new practices and follow the science-based guidelines to safeguard others and us. The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic can be overwhelming, but together we can overcome the challenges, bring our industry back together and see businesses growing again”. Said Press.


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