VIP Buyer Programme

VIP Buyer Programme Overview

The Travel Forward VIP Buyer Programme is the perfect opportunity for senior level employees be they the owner, the CTO, the CEO or a General Manager to create new opportunities by meeting with leading solution providers within the industry.

Travel Technology is an expansive topic covering everything from CRM systems and social media to AI, predicative analysis, hotel reservation systems, data switches, payment solutions and mobile app development. Whatever the business and however big the business, it is almost guaranteed that there is some form of technology involved. We use technology for all manner of reasons from improving our internal organisational infrastructure to expanding our audience and capitalising on our societal demand for convenience.

We are seeing more people using mobile app booking tools to search and book holidays and advanced predictive analysis has been proven to work. We are living in a society that knows what it wants, where customers want more and they want it easier and faster. Our fast paced lifestyle favours companies that can cater to the speed of the demanding customer. After all, the booking experience is now a very real part of the customer journey and the age old balance of quality over quantity has since been replaced by quality and quantity.

While we all love that human element of face to face relationship building with clients, we are all faced with an ever growing need for global reach, cost saving endeavours and a desire to go virtual, the core focus being to improve efficiency, productivity and value. Having the right technology to suit business needs is now much more a crucial part of an overall business development plan than ever, whatever the technology solution may be. Our VIP Buyer Programme can meet your business needs. Find out how, below.

Who can apply?

Travel Forward VIP Buyers must meet the Travel Forward qualification criteria. All registration and application forms will therefore be reviewed against the following:

  • Senior travel industry professionals with direct purchasing and contracting authority
  • Senior IT / Travel Tech professionals with direct purchasing and contracting authority

Qualifying Criteria

Please note that places on the programme are limited and all applicants will be reviewed against the following criteria:

  • Senior travel industry professionals with direct purchasing and contracting authority
  • Senior IT / Travel Tech professionals with direct purchasing and contracting authority
  • Senior travel or travel tech key product influencer
  • Annual budget spend on travel tech
  • Invested interest in travel technology
  • Attending show with a serious view to developing new business

VIP Buyer Benefits

Gain insight

on travel tech trends and industry developments.  Attend a thought provoking and inspirational conference programme

Meet industry leaders and experts

Develop new business contacts through an exclusive key networking event

Promote your business

by being recognised as a top buyer in the industry. Benefit from face to face appointments for new business opportunities

Stay ahead of the competition

Be part of the global technology movement to develop new business strategies and concepts

Personalised agenda

Enjoy a personalised diary of appointments

Save time and money

Engage in business meetings with high quality regional and international suppliers all in one place.

VIP Buyer Requirements

  • Commit to a minimum of 5 appointments per day for the first 2 days of the show with Travel Forward Exhibitors
  • Attend the exclusive Travel Forward networking event (Exhibitors and VIP Buyers only)
  • Provide Hotel Invoice to the VIP Buyer Team in order to receive Hotel Contribution
  • Complete post show survey
  • Complete a small £5 admin fee to secure place on the programme

What are the next steps?

Step 1. Application form

  • Complete with as much information as possible
  • Indicate all the technology solutions that suit business needs
  • Use the text section asking for any additional information to support your application as an opportunity to demonstrate what you wish to achieve in attending the show as a VIP Buyer.

Step 2. Qualification

  • All applications are processed according to the qualifying criteria
  • You may be emailed or called with regards to your application to provide more detail or to clarify a point.

Step 3. Confirmation

  • Once your application has been reviewed, your will receive an email confirming the status of your application.
  • Upon successful qualification, Your Travel Forward VIP Buyer Badge number will be included in this email.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will be invited to apply as a Travel Forward Trade Visitor

Step 4. Buyer Profile

  • Once you have been confirmed on the progamme and closer to the show dates, you will be sent a link inviting you to complete your VIP Buyer profile on ConnectMe
  • Complete this with as much detail as possible to include company description, logo, profile picture and website. This enables you to be visible to the Exhibitors.

Step 5. Appointment making

  • You will be advised as soon as the appointment making platform is available and further guidance on how to use the platform will be emailed to you
  • You will have exclusive early bird access to the Travel Forward exhibitors to complete your minimum appointment requirement.

Register as a buyer

To register your interest in attending Travel Forward as a Buyer, simply complete this form.