WTTC Global Summit in Buenos Aires to focus on leadership, biometrics, crisis management and sustainable growth
The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)'s 2018 Global Summit will take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina on 18-19 April. Industry leaders from public and private sector will discuss the theme of 'Our People, Our World, Our Future', debating how the sector is placed to create sustainable jobs in a future of transformational technology, increasing environmental pressures, and in a world where security concerns are paramount.
In the words of Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of WTTC, "This year's WTTC Global Summit will bring together CEOs, ministers and representatives of the highest level of international organisations around a very relevant program that will highlight the enormous opportunity that Travel & Tourism offers our world, we will discuss and debate the challenges we face to turn this opportunity into reality, and develop practical actions to ensure that our sector is an agent of positive change in the world. A country that is full of tourism potential, Argentina is the ideal place to have this focused, energetic and meaningful conversation."
During the Summit, discussions will focus on how the sector is preparing for the "future of work", which is driven more and more by technology. In addition, speakers will reflect on the contribution of the sector to global sustainable development objectives.
In addition, sessions will explore what is needed for Travel & Tourism growth to continue effectively and sustainably, including: the use of technology such as biometrics to increase travel safety and thereby facilitate travel, better growth management, the industry's response to climate change and how to increase resilience in the face of crises such as pandemics, terrorism and natural disasters.
Speakers will be leaders from the public and private sector, as well as academics and international organisations who will provide a vision of how to forge a common future for tourism. Among the speakers are:
- Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
- Fang Liu, Secretary General, International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO)
- Manuel Muñiz, Dean of the Faculty of International Relations, IE University
- Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary General, World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
- John Scanlon, Special Envoy, African Parks
Ministers from G20 countries CEOs and Leaders from WTTC Member companies including AirBnB, Abercrombie & Kent, Carnival Corporation, China Union Pay, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Deloitte & Touche, Dufry AG, Hilton, Hotelbeds Group, IBM, JTB Corp, Marriott International, Mastercard, McKinsey&Company, Thomas Cook Group, Travel Leaders Group, TUI Group, Value Retail, and Virtuoso
Complete information about the event, as well as its official program, is available on the official website of the World Tourism and Travel Council: www.wttc.org/summits/the-global-summit-2018/
The World Travel & Tourism Council is the global authority on the economic and social contribution of Travel & Tourism. It promotes sustainable growth for the industry, working with governments and international institutions to create jobs, to drive exports and to generate prosperity. WTTC"s annual Global Summit brings together over 1,000 delegates to discuss the opportunities, challenges and issues facing the industry, while its Tourism for Tomorrow Awards recognise the industry"s power to be a positive force in sustainability.
The sector is a key driver for investment and economic growth globally. In 2014, Travel & Tourism generated 9.8% of global GDP, some $7.6 trillion, and supported almost 277 million jobs, or 1 in 11 jobs worldwide. By the end of 2015, Travel & Tourism is expected to contribute US$7,860 trillion, 10% of global GDP, and to account for 284 million jobs, 9.5% of total employment.
For almost 25 years, WTTC has been the voice of this industry globally. Members are the Chairs, Presidents and Chief Executives of the world"s leading, private sector Travel & Tourism businesses. These Members bring specialist knowledge to guide government policy and decision-making, raising awareness of the importance of the industry as an economic generator of prosperity.