It is another busy week for ExCeL London as it enjoys its return to pre-pandemic business levels, with both WTM London and The Cleaning Show taking place simultaneously.
From 1-3 November, ExCeL hosted an in-person edition of WTM London, which connects the world’s travel providers. The event followed the Virtual WTM in 2020, which saw more than 10,000 participants, 20,000 conference session views and 24,000 prescheduled video meetings. This year the event takes place physically and then virtually the following week from 8-9 November.
This year’s show welcomed exhibitors from more than 100 countries and regions, with more than 6,000 buyers from 142 countries registered to the show. WTM London and Travel Forward held more than 50 sessions and welcomed over 110 speakers over the three days.
Juniper Consulting SL, Ray Alabern, VP Organic Growth, said: “WTM works the best for us. We track all leads and our of the 41 trade shows we do globally, WTM converts the most. WTM gives the highest ROI with face to face meetings. Nothing compares to a physical trade show.”
Filippos Venetopoulos, CEO Variety Cruises, said: “We thoroughly enjoyed being back at WTM connecting with the travel community and looking ahead at what the future holds. It was a very well organized exhibition reminding us that we can safely return to travel and experience and share ideas collectively. The sustainability and adventure boards were in-depth educational presentations and we look forward to joining again next year.
The Cleaning Show, the event for cleaning professionals that takes place every two years at ExCeL, is taking place in the N10 and N11 halls of the venue from 2-4 November.
Attendance levels for last month’s Global Offshore Wind event, held at ExCeL, have surpassed those expected by organisers RenewableUK, with both pre-registration and on-site delegates seeing a 17% increase on 2019 levels. The total attendance for the 2019 edition at ExCeL was recorded at 3,335 compared to 3,891 this year. Of those, delegates came from 42 countries, the majority being Europe, North America and UAE.
ExCeL recently became the first venue to join Women In Exhibitions (WIE) UK Chapter. Launched in 2018, WIE aims to empower women in the exhibition industry while helping to nurture the next generation of female leaders.
Lori Hoinkes, managing director of Montgomery Events and president of WIE UK Chapter, said: “Women in Exhibitions is open to all, from individual memberships to some of the world’s biggest exhibitions companies, across the venue, organiser and supplier spectrum. We’re an inclusive organisation with the goal of giving women the tools and the knowledge to thrive throughout their careers in this wonderful industry.”
Elsewhere, development work for the ExCeL, which is owned fully by The Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC), will include beginning the third stage of expanding its facilities. ExCeL has secured Newham Planning Committee approval to expand the venue, which will increase the building’s usable event space by 25,000sqm.
New halls will be established for meeting and conferences, along with several services facilities across three floors, which will increase the centre’s overall space by 25% to reach 125,000sqm.