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Attending the World Travel Market in London is always an experience, it is the moment of the year when all the European and international tourism operators get together.
This was my third time at WTM London, I went the first time in 2014  (read more about my first time at WTM London),  and I attended it last year (2015) to promote The Long Run, a membership organisation based in London, promoting sustainable tourism and its members.

WTM 2016 has been INTENSE and useful, I started preparing my event checking the colleagues I wanted to meet, publicly announcing my presence at WTM (through LinkedIn, Twitter, website & Newsletter) scheduling seminars and networking events I wanted to attend. I started all this in September (while attending World Heritage Tourism Expo in Padova and No Frills in Bergamo) and I continued until Friday4th of November.

The results was quite interesting, I set up 15 meetings, I attended 2 internal networking events and 3 external events (Travel massive, Responsible tourism and Young Professionals and Future Leaders WTM Evening) and meet many interesting colleagues.

These are the new people I met and talked with!



Philip Cooke, director of the Destination Marketing Group, UK (Skalleague)

Dimitris Kavakas, Managing Director at Redia, US

Gordon Stermann, President at White Mountain ADVENTURES, Canada (skalleague)

Brian White, professor, School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Canada (skalleague)

Joseph Punnoran, Business Development Manager at Treasures Travel and tourism, UAE

Roberto Sanchez, Country Sales Manger at YieldPlanet, Spain (Catalonia)

Richard Greenwood, Managing Dirctor at VIP Business Golf Network, UK

Sebastian S Chacko, Director at Transkerala Holidays, UK (skalleague)

Natalie Scott, Sales & Marketing Manager at Myanmar Polestar, Myanmar

Syed M.Mujeeb, Manager Contracts & Product Development at Majed Travel & Tourism, Saudi Arabia (skalleague)

Martina Caroli, Guide at Four Season Natura e Cultura, Italy

Daniela Occhionero, Partner – PR director at Fine Life, Italy

Akvile Marozaite, Regionale Sales Manager – Expeditions at Silversea Cruises, UK

Glynn O’Leary, CEO at Transfrontier Parks Destinations, South Africa

José Maria de Juan Alonso, Vicepresidente de EARTH, para la comunicación y las entidades iberoamericanas & Koan Consulting, Spain

Tony Carne, General manger at Urban Adventure, Australia

Alberto Piro, Manager at Bosco Ciancio – turismo rurale, Italy

Wilhelm von Breymann, General Director at Costarican Trails, Costa Rica

Rob Holmes,  Founder & chief strategist at GLP Films, US (GEN)

Charitha Abeyratne, Founder & Chief Executive at Saraii, Sri Lanka

Enrico Marletto, President at Viaggi Solidali Onlus, Italy

Wendy Xue, Executive General Manager, China Adventure Tours, China

Richard Matuzevich, Senior Manager at World Tourism  Cities Federation

Marysia Zipser, UK sole art agent/ACT Group, UK

Albert & Mike ,Volunteer and guide at Unseen Tours, UK

Kathryn Davis, Head of Tourism at Destination Bristol, UK

Siobhan Harrison, reference for Edward Harper, National Marketing Manager at English Heritage, UK

Segun Oni, card programs international, UK

Bernard Lay, Managing director at Limousine Plus Service, Germany (skalleague)

Ian Johnson, Founder & CEO at Out Now Global, US

Moussa Samake, Head of Corporate Business Development at Halldis, Italy

Barbara Kimming, Hotel Villa Rivoli, France (skalleague)

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