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2006 WTM is record breaker

6 Nov 2006

The 2006 World Travel Market (WTM) in the UK is proving a hit and organisers say this reflects the success of the tourism industry.

New exhibitions from Moldova, Cape Verde, Sudan and the Emirate state of Fujairah have all been added to this year's line-up, reports website Breaking Travel News.

In total, a massive 5,000 exhibitions will be in place, representing 202 countries and regions in what is a record-breaking year for the event.

Held at London's ExCel exhibition centre, the WTM can only ever be a success if the travel industry is thriving and the organisers say that is why there is so much interest in the event in 2006.

'WTM tends to mirror the success of global tourism, which is doing extremely well,' said managing director of WTM Fiona Jeffrey.

'International tourism spend is now running at $2 billion (£1.05 billion) per day, with Africa maintaining the fastest growth in 2005 of nearly 8%.'

This year's WTM sees the introduction of a new sector on health and wellness a sign of strength in this sector of the market.

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