The experience of travelling changes travellers, the places they visit, and the people and local communities who ‘make’ and inhabit these places. That’s why tourism is more than simple economics. Flanders Travel Forum aims to investigate, design and stimulate that ‘more’ part so that all those involved in the tourism industry can derive the maximum benefit from it.
1. Travel Flanders Forum
Flanders Travel Forum is a new virtual meeting place for professionals to connect and do business with today and tomorrows travel sector, brought to you by Visit Flanders. The forum aims to immerse and inspire the travel sector to discover just how much Flanders has to offer, whilst gaining valuable knowledge and insights about new travel trends and the ‘Travel to Tomorrow’ vision of Visit Flanders.
Flanders Travel Forum will take place on Tuesday 9th and Wednesday 10th February, from 7am until 10pm Central European Time. This allows both buyers and suppliers to meet and do business when it best suits their market.
The Flanders Travel Forum offers a jam-packed 2-day programme for global hosted buyers and Belgian suppliers, on a professional dedicated B2B platform which enables delegates to meet face to face with new and old contacts for 15 minute 1-to-1 pre-arranged appointments.
The programme offers a schedule of topical plenary sessions with leading speakers, focusing on trends to sustainability and showcases interesting, themed webinars and live experiences, highlighting new attractions, museums, and products in Flanders. All activities within the framework of this course are brought together under the umbrella of ‘Travelling to Tomorrow’.
Take a look at the full programme see here.
4. How it works
Delegates will attend the online event using an avatar, entering the platform into a lobby. From here they will be able to chat with hosted buyers/suppliers and browse the attendee list to meet contacts. All delegates will be able to attend the plenary sessions, webinars and experiences by visiting the main Flanders Auditorium.
Exhibitor billboards act as a suppliers booth and will be located within one of 6 themed doors relating to:
- Flemish Masters
- World War 1
Upon entering the room, delegates will see a company logo highlighted on a billboard, and can then simply click on a billboard to chat, watch a video, download a brochure, and exchange business cards with each company representative.
Delegates will automatically receive their schedule of appointments once they have registered their profile on the platform and by further accepting or requesting appointments with suppliers/buyers up until the day prior to the event. They can operate their own schedule by blocking off time to attend webinars/experiences of their choice, enabling them to create the agenda that best meets their needs.
5. Registration and deadline
Once registered, Visit Flanders we will check your details and confirm attendance, after which delegates can set up and access their personalised profile with company contact details.
As of 18 January 2021 the matchmaking appointments system will go live and delegates will be able to fully manage their availability and requests for meetings at the event.