Organisers behind the World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo (WTCE) have announced the first details of the new virtual event, taking place online from 14-16 September 2021.
Hosted on a fully digital platform, WTCE Virtual will aim to unite the passenger comfort, catering and travel retail community online for three full days of targeted business meetings, a comprehensive programme of thought leadership content, and the opportunity to discover the latest products and services. The goal is to help the sector to reconnect at a critical time and accelerate the industry’s recovery.
Attendees will be able to register free for the online event to gain access to a personalised diary, where they can pre-schedule meetings, watch live conference sessions and browse products from some of the leading businesses from around the world. They will also have the option to ‘favourite’ suppliers and conduct drop-in meetings during the event via a chat function, with the option to start a video call if required, all without leaving the platform.
The Taste of Travel programme, in partnership with Onboard Hospitality magazine, will return, taking a deep dive into the challenges facing the catering and travel retail sectors. All the sessions will be available on-demand.
Attendees will be able to explore new products from a range of exhibitors, with product demonstrations offering insights into the key benefits and functionality of services on show.
WTCE Virtual replaces the live edition, which will not take place in 2021 due to the ongoing challenges and global restrictions on international travel. WTCE will return to Hamburg from 14-16 June 2022 at the Hamburg Messe.