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A travel industry businessman with extensive experience at major brands and start-up ventures has been appointed as Portfolio Director at WTM Portfolio.
Claude Blanc comes with an impressive history of a lot more than 25 years in top management roles over the travel trade and hospitality industry. He says his mission would be to raise the scale of the WTM Portfolio “through innovation and new launches”.
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Owned by the world’s leading exhibition organizer, Reed Exhibitions, WTM Portfolio includes WTM London, Travel Forward, the International Travel & Tourism Awards, WTM Africa, Arabian Travel Market and WTM Latin America.
Mostly, Claude was CEO at Paris-based Travel & Co, a tour operating group he founded in 2007.
Before that, he was Digital Travel Director at TUI Group, and contains held senior posts with a respected online travel agency in France; travel management company Rosenbluth International; and timeshare exchange company RCI.
He in addition has caused successful French travel start-ups such as for example Karavel-Promovacances and Orchestra.
He said: “I joined WTM as Portfolio Director when i have sold my company and I felt too young to retire. I was searching for a new, exciting challenge, also it was found by me within Reed Travel Exhibitions.
“I have already been employed in the travel industry for 30 years almost, in tour operating mostly, however in corporate travel also, retail, hospitality and online travel agencies. In the last 10 years, I’ve run and founded my very own company, focusing on tailor-made trips round the global world.
“Having been a sponsor, an exhibitor and a visitor at many travel industry events, Litigant is brought by me perspective, a global network and an electronic culture.”
He added: “I’d like to create WTM Portfolio the very best business, &lsquo and brand;brain booster’ marketplace for the travel industry.”
Since joining the ongoing company – located in Richmond, Surrey – he’s got been learning his team and meeting staff over the global world. He hailed the brand&rsquo also;s flagship event WTM London 2018 – the function where ideas arrive – as the utmost successful edition yet.
Taking put on 5-7 November 2018, it attracted 51,409 delegates, including an archive 32,642 visitors. WTM London 2018 is hosted around one million meetings, generating around £3 billion in industry deals.
“However, I cannot take credit for that success – the team has achieved tremendous work,” added Claude.
He is currently working closely with Simon Press, Senior Exhibition Director at WTM London, to create fresh ideas for WTM London 2019, which is the 40th edition of the function, along with the 2019 editions for WTM Latin America overseas, WTM Arabian and Africa Travel Market.
Blanc shall are accountable to Reed Travel Exhibitions Divisional Director Nick Pilbeam.
“I’m delighted to welcome Claude to Reed Travel Exhibitions as Portfolio Director for the WTM Portfolio,” Pilbeam said.
“Claude has extensive experience in the travel and tourism industry which is of great benefit to Reed Travel Exhibitions and the further development of the WTM Portfolio.”