FTE APEX Virtual Expo 2021

Event Information

Any in-person event much later this year will be a regional gathering as long-haul travel won’t return with any conviction until 2022 – digital platforms are the only way to bring the world together en masse in 2021 so make plans to showcase your business at FTE APEX Virtual Expo 2021, the industry trade show that will once more attract the widest global attendance this year.

Event Profile

  • Following the huge success of our Virtual Expo (on 8-9 December, which attracted 4232 unique visitors from 111 countries) – Future Travel Experience (FTE) and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) have now launched FTE APEX Virtual Expo 2021, the most comprehensive global industry gathering of the year, which will champion bold new ideas, solutions, collaboration & innovation efforts to ensure we achieve an industry recovery that makes air transport even stronger in the long-term. Through a diverse exhibition showcasing the industry’s most forward thinking vendors and all-encompassing conference sessions, Virtual Expo will deliver a wealth of networking opportunities and inspiration across the most pertinent topics – from transforming the travel experience through digital health passports and automation at the airport, through to enhancing the onboard experience through inflight entertainment and connectivity, interiors, service and catering, hospitality and retail. Following the live days on 25-26 May where engagement between participants is prioritised, the platform will live on for another 30 days to provide attendees with ideas, and knowledge, at any time convenient to their schedule.

  • The Exhibition

    The epicentre of this event is the virtual exhibition hall, which will be an invaluable resource for the thousands of attendees, who will be looking for inspiration on how to reposition their businesses to thrive in the post-COVID-19 world.

    The free to attend virtual exhibition will enable industry suppliers, from household names through to the most innovative startups and scaleups, to showcase their products, services and solutions in a dynamic virtual environment at a compelling price-point. Exhibitors will be able to choose from a variety of virtual exhibition booths, enabling them to promote and differentiate their brand and product portfolio just as they would at a physical event.

    Attendees will be able to visit interactive exhibition booths in our ‘Airport’ and ‘Inflight’ zones, where they can view a host of information about each exhibitor’s capabilities. During the Live Days, visitors will be able to jump straight into a real-time chat or video call with an exhibitor for a conversation or product demo, and they will be able to send direct messages to exhibitors to express their interest for 30 days afterwards. Virtual Expo 2021 will bring together a unique exhibitor list unlike any seen at traditional trade shows with an emphasis on championing bold new concepts & solutions from vendors that can help airlines and airports address the most pertinent topics facing the industry today.

  • The Conference

    Unparalleled disruption for the air transport and travel sector is underway because of COVID-19. Our virtual conference will provide critical insights and learnings to all attendees to help them understand the future trends and successful transformation strategies that will help businesses survive, bounce back, and future-proof their propositions.

    The conference will be split into CEO, Airport, Inflight, Commercial and Digital sessions, which will focus on a wide range of the most pertinent topics, including: Health Passports & Biosecurity; Touchless & Socially Distanced Travel; Digital Transformation & Automation; Cost Reduction & Operational Efficiency; Reimagined Guest Experiences; Protecting & Empowering Workforce; Offsite & New Processing Practices; and Commercial, Retail & Ancillary Innovation to help create new revenues streams at the earliest opportunity. Our case study focused approach will help to champion innovations from around the world, all in keeping with our “Relaunching global air transport” theme.

    The conference will include dedicated Asia-Pacific, EMEA and Americas content, and interactive conference sessions will run throughout the day to ensure that everyone can get the most out of the education on offer regardless of their location or time zone. Our auditorium sessions will also be complemented by our On-Demand Speaker Zone, where we will have a wealth of specially recorded presentations ready to go as soon as attendees visit the event, plus as a new addition for 2021 we will host free-to-attend sessions for all attendees and will provide a wealth of quality education sessions on our Expo floor.

  • New for 2021: Virtual Expo Transformation Honours List

    Does your team, department or organisation deserve recognition for its efforts to help drive business recovery with transformative and innovative new approaches? If so, make sure you submit your entry for the FTE APEX Virtual Expo Transformation Honours List by 16 April 2021. In each category (Airline, Airport, Vendor, Startup and Sustainability), three organisations will be recognised and invited to share their inspirational stories at FTE APEX Virtual Expo 2021, the theme of which is “Relaunching Global Air Transport”.

    The COVID-19 crisis has forced all air transport industry stakeholders to embrace transformation to future-proof their businesses and help to create a stronger, more resilient industry for the long-term. The Transformation Honours List will recognise the teams, departments and organisations that have embraced innovation and transformation, and displayed leadership to help prepare the industry for a brighter future post-pandemic.