A Visit to the WTM 2014

IMG_9392For the previous two years I have been aiming to get to the World Travel Market. Well, third time lucky! This year I made it to WTM 2014.

Getting up at 5.15am isn’t always my idea of fun (especially when Ross had been out the night before and didn’t arrive home until 3.10am!) but it didn’t matter to me. Travelling on South West trains isn’t the loveliest experience in the world but first class definitely helps!

Arriving at the Prince Regent station on the DLR, I was pleased to see just how helpful all the rail staff were in directing you to your destination. I entered the exhibition through the Prince Regent entrance as I knew that this was closest to the Blogger Speed Networking area – somewhere I needed to be at 10am.

My first port of call was the cloakroom to drop off my extra bags and coat so that I could walk round in comfort. At first glimpse, the enormity of the exhibition was overwhelming so I decided to save that for later….once I’d had the opportunity to meet lots of the exhibitors at the Blogger Speed Networking event which was due to run from 10.30 until 11.30am.

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I checked, found my table and looked round to see lots of familiar faces from the blogs Mums Do Travel, Who’s the Mummy?, Globalmouse Travels, Cherished By Me, Maris World, A Residence, Actually Mummy, Mummy Daddy Me and Not Another Mummy Blog (the last four ladies have collectively formed a brand new travel blog called Space in Your Case).

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I had sensibly chosen to bring some A5 sized media packs tucked away in their own plastic wallets together with some business cards and set up shop ready to speak to the companies interested in approaching me.

I found it an absolute please to chat to people. There were a number of representatives from Ireland, some from Spain, Italy and the Middle East. I also had a great chat with the lady representing Sandals and Beaches resorts.

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It was the first time I had done anything like this but I found it totally invaluable. It was far easier than trying to approach people in a large exhibition hall. I knew that they wanted to give me their undivided attention for 5 minutes.

Following the speed networking, Sally and I decided to do some networking of our own before I went off to meet up with Stephen and Steph from Propellernet and Sally set off for her train home – she had already spent a large amount of time at WTM and had given a talk on the Tuesday.

What else but chocolate at the Brussels stand?

What else but chocolate at the Brussels stand?

It was great to meet Stephen in person, along with Steph. I was grateful for the cup of tea that they bought me and we had a good chat about all things travel.

I was then left to walk round the rest of the exhibition on my own, taking in the sights and sounds and making more contacts for work purposes. This was interspersed by a small meeting up with Alison, Penny and Katie. Then a bit more walking around before suddenly realising that I had best get the tube back to Waterloo if I wanted to miss the rush hour and get back in time to see Grace before her bedtime.

A stunning carving from the Swiss stand.

A stunning carving from the Swiss stand.

IMG_9407IMG_9408IMG_9411I thoroughly enjoyed WTM 2014. People had put so much time and effort in presenting their stands and themselves. I will definitely be back next year – but next time I intend to go for longer!

With thanks to Oliver Gradwell, Paul Nelson and Sally Whittle for including me in the Blogger Speed Networking Event.

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15 Comments

  1. 23/11/2014 / 7:51 pm

    Hi Vic, firstly, congratulations on your 1000th post. Brilliant! It’s amazing how it all mounts up. The WTM looks great. If you think it is worth it then it is certainly something I’d look into going to in the future. Hope you picked up some invaluable contacts. Xx #pocolo
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  2. 23/11/2014 / 11:42 am

    Wowee! This looks AMAZING! Ok, if you get to go to these places, pleeeeease sneak me in your suitcase – Florida, Menorca, any Royal Carribean Cruise 😉 x #PoCoLo
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  3. 22/11/2014 / 12:01 am

    Wow this looks like such an amazing experience and the speed networking is such a good idea x #PoCoLo
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  4. 21/11/2014 / 9:34 pm

    This must have been such a useful event for you – I am glad you found it so useful! I still had to have a little chuckle to myself at the idea of Blogger Speed Networking but I imagine it’s a great way to make new contacts.
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  5. 21/11/2014 / 4:02 pm

    Oh wow. I saw so many travel bloggers going to this and thought: ‘one day I must pop along too’. Maybe next year… once I get my first blogging conference over with 🙂 It looks like a great place to meet the top industry hitters though. I’ll have to practise my smile!
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  6. 21/11/2014 / 1:08 pm

    What a great opportunity for you, I’m sure you came away with lots of useful information and contacts.
    The speed networking looks a little intimidating but as you say, they all actually want to hear what you have to say so it’s actually just a great chance to meet people.
    I’ve never heard of WTM before but I’ll definitely look into it in the future as I do more travel posts.
    Thanks
    Xx
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  7. 21/11/2014 / 12:16 pm

    Wow this looks amazing, what a fab thing to be involved in. Plus, look at that chocolate sculpture, amazing. I always crack up when we visit Belgium and chocolate is available at the breakfast buffet! #PoCoLo
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  8. 21/11/2014 / 11:39 am

    That looks like a fantastic place to advertise your blog! You’re really brave for going and speaking to all those people, that would freak me out lol. Love the A5 media packs, great idea #PoCoLo
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  9. 17/11/2014 / 7:00 pm

    Looks like an interesting day out. I’d never heard of it until I saw a few tweets about #WTM. Although I think I’d be too jealous of all the lovely places I’d want to visit!

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