The artist Banksy is making an appearance at World Travel Market London, which is taking place in the ExCel Centre from 5-7 November.
A replica painting of the separation barrier between Israel and Palestine is in place at the Palestine stall, intended to promote Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel.
The hotel sits on the border of occupied Palestine, offering views of the huge border wall, which displays a number of graffiti murals by Banksy and other artists. It is intended to allow visitors to experience the oppression of the wall, and generate empathy and understanding around the Israeli occupation of Palestine.
Not all locals have appreciated the hotel since it was opened last May, however. One resident spoke to the Telegraph, and said it was turning the “grim reality of occupation” into a “Disneyland”, with tourists coming to take photos.
World Travel Market is the travel industry’s largest trade fair, and WTM London is one of the largest exhibitions in the UK. The event takes up the entirety of London’s ExCel Centre, with different countries promoting themselves as destinations.
Banksy’s presence at an event with a largely B2B audience is sure to attract large crowds, after an Instagram post by the artist detailing his appearance at WTM received over 600,000 likes: