- COVID-19 and a new The AY.4.2 sub-variant is making headlines in the UK, two weeks before the Global travel market in London.
- the Global Tourism Network today issued an urgent appeal and an important question to Reed exhibits, the organizer of Global travel market.
- Tourism professionals from around the world are expected to meet at the Excel Exhibition Center from November 1-3.
How safe is London’s World Travel Market?
World Travel Market is ready to show the world that trade shows are possible, that tourism is returning to normal, and that investment in tourism should put this sector back on track.
In London and elsewhere in the UK, pubs and restaurants, as well as event venues are open. Wearing a mask is not compulsory except in public transport. Hotel rates are sky high and visitors keep coming back.
Meanwhile, the UK yesterday recorded 49,139 new cases of COVID-19 and 179 deaths. According to arreport on CNBC, British doctors call for restrictions to be brought back to England. A new strain of the virus that the UK has now seen is even more contagious.
The world of global tourism is looking forward to meeting and shaking hands with old friends at the next WTM. This publication is a media partner of World Travel Market and the publisher, Juergen Steinmetz, packs his bags.
Saudi Arabia this week only confirmed its partnership as the main sponsor of the Global travel market which will take place at the Excel Exhibition Center in London from November 1-3 next month.
The 3-day schedule of the WTM is full of events and meetings. WTM 2021 is the first truly major global travel exhibition since the COVID-19 outbreak and the tragic cancellation of ITB Berlin in 2020.
Canceling the World Travel Market London at the last minute would most likely create discouragement and shock waves around the world. It is important that WTM takes place for a much needed recovery of the sector.
Today, Global Tourism Network Chairman and travel security expert, Dr. Peter Tarlow, raised two important questions and concerns. Dr. Tarlow will also be a speaker in the virtual part of the World Travel Market.
Here is what visitors can find on the WTM website regarding safety and security during the event.
Security measures to participate in the World Travel Market
WTM states on its website: Your safety and your business are our priorities. At WTM London you can be sure that both are in good hands. As well as carefully following the latest advice and guidelines, we are working with local authorities and under our own strict precautions to put new measures in place to provide a safe event for you to meet, learn and do. Business.
This means that our event will look a little different this year, but these changes will allow you to enjoy the experience while keeping you and others safe.
All attendees will be required to show proof of their COVID-19 status to participate in our event. Upon arrival, you will need to present a text, email or pass to verify that your COVID status is one of the following:
- Proof of completion of a full course of vaccinations 2 weeks prior to arrival.
- Evidence of a negative lateral flow test or PCR result taken within 48 hours of arrival.
- Evidence of natural immunity demonstrated by a positive PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting 180 days from the date of the positive test and after the end of the self-isolation period.
Participants will also be asked to check in each day via the NHS Test & Trace QR code. Please note that neither physical lateral flow test strips nor physical vaccination cards will be accepted as proof of valid status. For more details on COVID passes, Click here.
Reed Expo, the organizer of the World Travel Market, WTM, tells visitors:
WTM: We strongly recommend that you wear a face mask when you are in indoor spaces with people you would not normally mingle with.
“The World Travel Market, as the global travel trade show, sets trends not just for its own event, but for the entire world. Allowing attendees to participate without a mask would not only be a safety issue for WTM, but it would send the wrong message in these still uncertain times,” said Juergen Steinmetz, President of the World Tourism Network.
WTN: The Global Tourism Network urges Reed to go further by making face masks mandatory for the event. This is standard procedure at most indoor events around the world. It would be irresponsible for WTM to allow its participants to make their own choice to wear masks.
WTN makes this even clearer by suggesting that all visitors should be vaccinated. This is a requirement for the upcoming IMEX America in Las Vegas, November 9-11.
Reed Expo, the organizer of the World Travel Market, WTM, assures visitors:
WTM: The ventilation of the EXCEL exhibition center will be increased, improving the circulation of fresh air in accordance with the latest guidelines.
WTN: The Global Tourism Network urges the EXCEL Exhibition Center to conduct an immediate study and share the results on the effectiveness of the ventilation system against all variants of COVID-19, including the latest and recent ones. be detected. Subvariant AY.4.2.
This offshoot of the Delta variant coronavirus is now spreading rapidly in the UK and is believed to be 10-15% more infectious than its ‘relative’ which now dominates Covid-19 infections worldwide.
Scientists are studying this AY.4.2 sub-variant, but don’t think it will be catastrophic for the UK. It is still at its highest level since July.
Outside of the UK, this subtype remains “exceptionally rare” with only 2 strains found in the US so far.
Today, Morocco has already closed its borders with the UK, making it the first country to relaunch tough travel restrictions against Britain.
In September this year, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced a coronavirus variant known as ‘Mu’ which could be cause for concern.
Over the past 2 weeks, the UK has reported many more new cases of COVID-19 than France, Germany, Italy and Spain combined.