ANTOR chairman Tracey Poggio looks ahead to getting back on track at WTM 2022
Travel Bulletin heard from Tracey on the upcoming panel discussion and the association's members appearing at this year's World Travel Market.
"ANTOR and its members are gearing up for its annual WTM debate on the Insight Stage on November 7, from 15:45-16:30. During this panel discussion, moderated by its Chair, Gibraltar Tourist Board, destination members, including Malta’s Minister for Tourism, the Minister for Tourism of Sri Lanka, managing director for UK and Ireland of Atout France, director travel industry sales for Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, and director of marketing for Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority will discuss how destinations can work to get the industry back on track, looking at sustainable initiatives, community engagement and the role of gastronomy. At WTM, there are many events on and off the stands, organised by Antor members and here are a few for the travel trade to attend.
"Sri Lanka Tourism will be participating with over 60 leading travel trade representatives of the local industry that is geared up to welcome back tourists as the sector gradually recovers from the recent socio-economic setbacks. operators, airlines and the media.
"The Greater Miami CVB will once again exhibit in the Visit Florida pavilion (stand NA100). This year, the UK GMCVB team will be joined by directors of various hotels and resorts including Ocean Five South Beach, Urbanica Euclid Hotel, Trump National Doral as well as the Trump International Beach Resort.
"The Dominican Republic will bring a flavour of its famous bachata and merengue dancing to WTM this year, where visitors will be able to experience bachata and merengue dancing on Monday, November 7 at 15:00 at the East Entrance Welcome Feature.
"Visit Gibraltar (stand EU540) and its head office team will be joined by partners from Sunborn Gibraltar to share details of new sustainable opportunities to explore the destination by foot or by bicycle. This allows visitors to sample the destination’s history, food, and local talents at a slower pace, as revitalised areas continue to emerge such as at Chatham Counterguard. Also at WTM will be Gibraltar’s Minister for Business, Tourism & The Port, Vijay Daryanani.
"Through the magic of Augmented Reality, Egypt brings WTM visitors the thrill of walking around the Giza Pyramids and the temple of Abu Simbel as well as diving among the coral reefs on the Red Sea on stand AF200, where travel trade and media can claim some treasure of their own from a Papyrus artist and enjoy a wonderful harpist.
"To join these and other members, contact them directly or enquire on their stands at WTM."