To say the least, this week we just had was pretty intense. We will try to make it short in this article but, wow! We met a lot of amazing people, attended very interesting lectures, made some new friends, saw old ones, and discovered a little more London.
Marian, Esther, Gabriela, Angela and Holly (on the picture) are some of the 40ish people that are volunteering for Hopineo (those four are mainly helping with the translations), and we were so happy to meet them in London. How great it was to get to know each one of them “in real life” and confirm they were wonderful people! We now can’t wait to meet the others :-). Thank you very much girls for what you are doing for Hopineo, and thank you also for the great time we had together![/one_half][one_half_last]
Xavier Font, Harold Goodwin, Aziz Abu Sarah, Adama Bah, Jeremy Smith, to only name some of them, are extremely inspiring people that we have been following for some time now and that we had the chance to meet at the World Travel Market (more about this below). Many thanks for sharing some time with us.
Magali is Melanie’s roommate. Melanie is Mahery and Justine’s friend, without whom this stay is London wouldn’t have been possible since finding a place to stay in London is 1/ a hard thing to do and 2/ way too expensive for the small non-profit organization that we are. Melanie had the kindness to let us her room while she was having a 10-day vacation in Paris. Magali welcomed us as family, and we had a really great time with her. A huge thank you to you both, we owe you one!
Such a great city with so many interesting things to discover: Box Park, which is a pop-up mall in Shoreditch, constructed of stripped and refitted containers, where you can find stores and restaurants; Everyman movie theatre, in Canary Wharf (“The New City”), where you can actually order food and drinks, and they bring it to your seat; the street art tunnel, close to Waterloo, where new graffitis are made every day, and so on. [/one_half_last] [one_half]
London is also quite an expensive city… Seriously, we know what we are talking about, we live in Paris (when we are not traveling ;)). But well, it is an island, I guess that has to count for something. As an example, if you don’t manage it well, your underground ride could cost you almost £5 (for one single ride!). So a piece of advice: get an Oyster card, and see if it could be more advantageous to buy a 7-day pass for example.[/one_half][one_half_last]
HopTrip in England[one_half]
This 3-week trip was obviously also the occasion to do our first HopTrip in the UK at Abbey Guest House. You can read all about it in the article we wrote few day ago. Again, thank you Terry and her team for receiving us![/one_half_last]
Last but not least, the WTM
[one_half]The World Travel Market (WTM) is one of the big event in the travel and tourism industry, happening every year: one in London, one in Africa and one in Latin America.
This year, it happened from November 2nd to November 5th, and Wednesday 4th was dedicated to responsible tourism. How could we have missed this?
During 3 days we attended plenty of lectures, events, networkings,… We made interesting contacts with the people listed above but also with some institutions (private and public), especially for our HopTour Africa, maybe a mini-HopTour in December, many (!) potential HopHosts,… Needless to say that we have now a lot to do :-)![/one_half][one_half_last]
If you are interested, here are the lectures we attended on Tuesday 3rd:
- What is the role of government in managing tourism in destinations?
- Carbon resource efficiency good practice
- Increasing the local economic benefits of tourism?
- Takings responsibility: change makers
Stay tuned on their YouTube chanel if you want to see the others.
And just for the pleasure, for those who read to the end, here is a little video (a little foretaste for Florie) 🙂