Everything is ready for the World Tourism Summit, an ally for the revival of the sector

The 21st edition of the World Tourism Summit will be held in Manila from April 20-22.

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the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announced the main speakers who will be present at the next World Tourism Summit, to be held in the Philippines, where the next steps to continue the recovery of the sector in the region and in the world will be analyzed.

The Global Summit is the most influential event on the travel and tourism industry’s agenda globally, and this year it celebrates its 21st edition in Manila, from April 20 to 22.

In this meeting, the activist Melati Wijsen, who founded Bye Bye Plastics, a global movement led by young people around the world to end the use of plastic bags. In 2018, along with her sister, she was named one of the “World’s Most Influential Teenagers” by Time magazine.

It should be noted that the South Korean politician Ban Ki-moon, who served as the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations between 2007 and 2016, will also virtually address delegates at the event. Ministers of tourism from different countries, including Spain, Saudi Arabia, South Africa South, Thailand, Japan, the Maldives and Barbados, among others.

Industry leaders will meet with over 20 government officials at Manila continue to align efforts to support the recovery of the sector and move towards a safer, more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future.

(Also read: WTTC predicts further recovery of travel and tourism sector in 2022)

Other notable speakers who will be present at the Summit will be international business leaders such as Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation and Chairman of WTTC; Craig Smith, group president of the international division Marriott International; Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones, COO of the Philippine Tourism Promotion Board; Federico González, CEO of Radisson; Hermione Joye, APAC director for travel at Google Inc; and Greg O’Hara, founder and senior managing director of certares and vice-charman of WTTC.

“We are proud to have such influential speakers for our Global Summit in Manila. Activist Melati is an inspiration to us all. A true agent of change, who from an early age was instrumental in raising awareness of plastic damage and inspiring young people around the world to drive change,” he said. Julie Simpson, Chairman and CEO of WTTC.

And he added that after more than two years, the region is positioned to withstand the losses caused by the pandemic and that the World Summit will act as a catalyst to stimulate the recovery of a sector essential for both the economy and employment.

For its part, Bernadette Romulo Puyat, The Philippines Tourism Secretary said: “Preparations are underway to ensure that the WTTC World Summit in Manila will be one of the most successful, as it will be like light at the end of the tunnel after a long period of darkness. . for tourism.world. It is encouraging that these inspiring people are joining our efforts to lead the industry to a full recovery.”

The WTTC World Summit will also have the participation Kelly Craighead, CLIA President and CEO; Jane Sun, CEO of Trip.com, Ariane Gorin, President of Expedia for Business; and Darrell Wade, Chairman of Intrepid Group; among others.

(Also read: Saudi Arabia to host 22nd WTTC World Tourism Summit)

Tourism key to reactivating the Philippines and the world

The WTTC Global Summit is taking place in the Philippines at a time when the country and region are beginning to recover from the pandemic and will show the importance of travel and tourism in the region.

According to recent WTTC research, the sector’s contribution to GDP in the region could reach $2.9 trillion, close to pre-pandemic levels, while employment could reach more than 190 million jobs, surpassing 2019 figures and providing an additional five million jobs to the sector.

(Also read: “Uniting the world for recovery”: the importance of reactivating safe travel)

To approach pre-pandemic levels this year, the WTTC notes that governments in the region and around the world must continue to focus on rolling out and strengthening vaccines, allowing fully vaccinated travelers to move freely without the need for tests.

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