Published On: Mon, Nov 2nd, 2015

Attending WTM London? Get ready for a strike!

WTM-London_GB.jpg_8597World Travel Market is about to open in the British capital London. Hotels in London (like every year) are welcoming fellow travel industry colleagues with increased rates and minimum stay requirements. Hotels in London intend to make a lot of money on those that could actually produce year around business for them.

Travel leaders from around the globe are getting ready for their daily commute on the crowded tube system, on busses and trains, to get from downtown hotel to Excel exhibition center.

London DLR Railway staff decided to welcome the World Tourism Industry with “Industrial action” this year.

On strike will be Docklands Light Railway (DLR). This is the railway connecting the London tube system with Excel. Excel is the venue for the World Travel Market. Strikes are timed to cause great inconvenience to those attending WTM on Tuesday the 3rd and Wednesday the 4th of November.

Delegates still remember chaos several years ago when transportation to Excel turned into a nightmare and great delays.

In a last minute email to registered delegates Reed Exhibition management is trying to minimize the situation.

According to the organizer of the World Travel Market the strike will cause minimal disruption.

You can feel sorry for the hard working staff of Reed Exhibition when reading the list of suggestions:

They include:

London Underground is running a full service to Canning Town Station.

Regular bus transfers and additional services will be put in place from Canning Town Station to ExCeL.

Bus Routes
325 and 541 serve both Custom House Station (West Entrance) and Prince Regent Station (East Entrance) from Canning Town Station. 147, 300 and 473 serve Prince Regent Station (East Entrance) of ExCeL from Canning Town Station.

15 minutes’ walk from Canning Town Station to ExCeL and a sign-posted walkway with staff also directing the journey will be in place.

Emirates Airline Cable Car
Alternative routes to ExCeL include taking the Jubilee line and getting off at North Greenwich for the cable car service.

Thames Clippers is running a complete service from central London to The O2 arena, to join up with the Emirates Airline cable car. Emirates Airline cable car will then take you to ExCeL.

The cable car service will be free of charge on the two days of the strike if you have a valid Oyster card or travelcard.