Youth and blogging focus

WTM London reports that youth travel has become an increasingly important part of the global tourism industry, with youth, student and educational travel accounting for more than 20 per cent (207 million) of all international arrivals in 2012 with expected continual growth.

The sector is also estimated to have huge economic potential with a predicated market value of £193 billion ($310.6 billion) by the year 2020.

The WTM Youth Tourism sessions, organised by the World Youth and Student Educational (WYSE) Travel Confederation will take place across November 4 to 5, with some of the leading executives and experts from the youth travel sector sharing their experience and insights.

World Travel Market, senior director, Simon Press, says, “Youth travel has long been one of the industry’s fastest growing sectors and I’m delighted that we have a dedicated programme for it at WTM, for the first time this year.

“The programme will bring a new audience to World Travel Market, while also offering existing participants vital information to help grow their businesses.”

World Travel Market has unveiled the line-up of experts for its most extensive blogging seminar programme yet. Organised on behalf of WTM by Travel Bloggers Unite (TBU), the four seminars feature top bloggers, along with travel marketing specialists, debating topical issues for the blogging and travel sectors.

Two seminars take place each day from November 4 to 5 and all are moderated by TBU founder Oliver Gradwell, who has overseen previous WTM blogging programmes.