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Queen Rania of Jordan to attend World Travel Market 2002

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan is to attend the opening day of…

Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan is to attend the opening day of World Travel Market 2002 (WTM<.>) as its Guest of Honour on Monday 11 November.

Queen Rania will present seven worldwide winners with the prestigious World Travel Market Global Awards at the Opening Ceremony, make a brief tour of the exhibition stands, as well as speak at a lunch for an invited audience of senior industry leaders.

Queen Rania will join 150 Government Ministers, Ambassadors, National Tourist Board Directors and other industry VIP’s at the official Opening Ceremony, to be performed by Mr. Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London.

Her first visit to the global business event coincides with World Travel Market’s move to the new spacious, state-of-the-art venue ExCel at London’s east side.

We are delighted that Her Majesty will be supporting World Travel Market on this very important day in its new home, said Fiona Jeffery, Group Exhibition Director. She has always shown considerable interest in the work of the international travel and tourism industry, its worldwide economic benefits, particularly to emerging markets, and its unique ability to foster understanding across all countries, religions and cultures.

Her Majesty’s visit to the World Travel Market is part of a short working visit to the UK.

Following the Opening Ceremony, Queen Rania and Mr. Livingstone, accompanied by Ms. Jeffery and Mr. Tom, Nutley, Managing Director of Reed Travel Exhibition, organisers of World Travel Market, will make a brief tour of some of the over 5,000 stands, representing 181 countries.

The same day she will speak to an exclusive gathering of Chief Executives, Managing Directors and Directors from major travel and tourism companies.

The World Travel Market Captains of Industry Lunch, is in aid of ‘Just a Drop’, the event’s charity appeal organised on behalf of the global industry, which raises funds to provide clean water for children and their families where ever it is needed. More children under the age of five die from water born diseases than anything else in the world.

Queen Rania is supporting the official worldwide launch of the appeal which has already made a difference to the lives of thousands of children all over the world, including Ethiopia, Cambodia, Malawi, Mozambique, as well as the victims of both Hurricane Mitch in Central America and the earthquakes in Turkey.

The work of Just a Drop, which has raised $317,433.54 since its launch, includes building protected wells, improving established wells, constructing household sanitation platforms and latrine blocks, health and sanitation educational programmes as well as providing water purifying tablets, hygiene packs and water containers in time of emergency aid.

Said Ms. Jeffery: Just a Drop offers an option for the travel and tourism industry to give something back to the world in which we live. It has already captured the imagination of many companies and individuals.

Her Majesty’s interest and support is very much appreciated and will help us to raise the profile and recognition of the appeal and encourage more international participation to raise money throughout the year, not just during World Travel Market week.

Water is the essence of life but many of us take it for granted.

The television presenter Alastair Stewart is to stage an auction in aid of Just a Drop during the Captains of Industry Lunch.

Ms. Jeffery said the lunch has been introduced this year to bring together some of the industry’s most respected and well known senior management at one of the industry’s most important annual business events. Charles Gurassa, Chairman of TUI North Europe and Airline Group is to be the Guest Speaker.

The lunch provides an excellent forum for management leaders to network and we are delighted that Charles Gurassa, one of our true captains of industry will be speaking. This is also an opportunity for senior management to visit World Travel Market at its new venue, said Ms. Jeffery.

We live in very challenging times and in a modest way, we hope that the World Travel Market Captain’s of Industry Lunch will help to improve understanding, while at the same time, provide a platform to discuss the broader issues that face the industry, now and in the future.