Listen to Gary Arndt’s World Travel Market talk about St Helena
The World Travel Market 2014 got into full swing in London last week. Billed as the biggest event on the travel trade calendar; last year 5,000 exhibitors from 186 countries attended. This year St Helena made its biggest presence yet at the event with a talk by Digital Influencer, Gary Arndt.
Having already sold his business, he decided in 2007 to sell his house and start travelling. He has not stopped since. Gary Arndt visited St Helena earlier this year and has posted a number of updates on his blog featuring amazing photographs of the island. He is the 2014 Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) Travel Photographer of the Year, 2013 North American Travel Journalists (NATJA) Travel Photographer of the Year, and his blog is Everything Everywhere.
You can listen to the talk Gary Arndt gave at the World Travel Market, along with a short interview, by clicking play below:
Director of St Helena Tourism, Cathy Alberts, said the presentation attracted an audience that included major tour operators, travel agents and media. One of the tour operators was Clive Stacey whose company, ‘Discover the World’, are almost ready to launch St Helena as one of their travel destinations. Clive visited St Helena earlier this year accompanied by two other owners of international tour companies. As a result of their visit, all three visiting tour operators decided to include St Helena in their itineraries.
Anthony Leyens, Chief Executive of APL Media said Gary gave and inspiring, heartfelt presentation adding, ‘I never really knew how remote the Island was and the fabulous growth and expansion opportunities that lie ahead’.
Cathy Alberts said the ‘extensive tweeting’ generated by Gary’s talk helped generate publicity about St Helena at the World Travel Market. The aim now is to use St Helena’s 2014 efforts at the World Travel Market as a platform for making a bigger impact at the World Travel Market 2015.
Thank you to Chairman of the Tourist Association, Vince Thompson, for writing this post about the World Travel Market.