LONDON -- A carnival-themed street party to celebrate the new
millennium -- "the most spectacular party ever staged for the
international tourism industry" -- will be held at this year's
World Travel Market in London, organizers said.
WTM will take place in London Nov. 15 to 18, and the millennium
bash is set for Nov. 17 in Battersea Park. According to Fiona
Jeffery, exhibition director, the party will be held in a tented
structure inside the park. Entertainment will feature musicians,
dancers, jugglers, acrobats and fire-eaters.
The entertainment is being run by a U.K. firm called The Full
Effect. Its managing and artistic director, Mark Harrison, said,
"This is not the kind of boring event where you merely arrive, eat
a meal, listen to speeches and dance until midnight. "There will be
something exciting, different and spectacular happening throughout
the entire evening."
Tables of 10 must be reserved and cost about $2,500 each.
Reservations can be made by fax to (011) 44-171 580-6646; by e-mail
to [email protected], or by mail to Catherine
Edwards, World Travel Market Millennium Party, 10-12 Russell
Square, London WC1B 5ED.
WTM is held each year in London's Earls Court Exhibition Center
and routinely draws some 40,000 industry representatives. Its
two-day Meridian Club concept enables travel product buyers to meet
one-on-one with suppliers from around the globe. Exhibiting
suppliers nominate their top buyers for membership in Meridian
This year, the four-day market will be open on Nov. 15 and 16
only to Meridian Club members. The last two days of the show are
open to all visitors and delegates. Agents and suppliers interested
in obtaining more information about World Travel Market can contact
Reed Travel Exhibitions, the event's organizer, at (011) 44-181
910-7880; fax (011) 44-181 910-7879.
Reed Travel Exhibitions is owned by Reed Elsevier, the parent
company of Cahners Travel Group, which publishes Travel Weekly and
Travel Weekly Crossroads.