London,
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November
2013
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18:18
Europe/London

2013 World Travel Market highlights with Lotus UK

The team at Lotus UK had a busy four days at WTM this year with a range of events taking place at Excel and in central London throughout the show. 

The week saw the best in European gastronomy with an evening of Spanish wine and tapas created by Michelin starred chef Marcos Moran at new restaurant, Hispania; Greek food and wine at an on-stand media event courtesy of Aldemar Hotels & Resorts and Santorini and a typical Finnish dinner at the embassy.

There were informative press conferences from Spain’s minister of industry, energy and tourism, Mr Jose Manuel Soria; the Greek minister for tourism, Mrs Olga Kefalogianni and the new tourism minister for Ecuador, Vinicio Alvarado Espinel; all updating the trade and media on tourism developments for 2014. 

Ahead of its opening in June 2014, Palladium Hotel Group presented its new property, Hard Rock Hotel Ibiza, with a spectacular showcase as the headline sponsor of the prestigious TTG WTM party.

Agents were involved in the week’s events too with an on-stand 'Passport to Greece' event and a drinks reception on the Ibiza stand.

John Craven OBE was officially endorsed as the Sichuan Tourism- UK Panda Ambassador, ahead of a series of panda themed escorted tours with Wendy Wu Tours in 2014, of which John will be an integral part.  

Lotus UK joined Liguria, Visit Guernsey and The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel at the inaugural WTM and Amadeus Travel Experience Awards. All three destinations were shorlisted in a number of categories. Congratulations to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel who won in the 'Stress Free Family Holiday' category, to Visit Guernsey who was highly commended in this category and to Liguria who was highly commended in the 'Best Cruise Destination' category. 

To top off the week TV presenter, author and adventurer, Ben Fogle, spoke at an exclusive Daily Telegraph reader event about his “awe-inspiring” experiences in Alaska whilst filming for his UK Channel 5 series ‘New Lives in the Wild.’  

We look forward to another successful year in the travel industry!