Saudi Arabia will host WTTC Global Summit in November

Saudi Arabia will host WTTC Global Summit in November

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) announced that its 22nd event will take place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from November 29 till December 2 this year. The announcement took place during the closing session of its Global Summit in Manila.

More than a thousand delegates, including the world’s business leaders, government ministers and key decision-makers from across the global travel and tourism sector gathered to discuss how to build upon the continuing recovery.

In her farewell address Julia Simpson, WTTC president and CEO, said: “This summit is a living proof that nothing beats getting together, sharing ideas, debating the challenges, and finding consensus. We still have a lot of work to do to bring down post-pandemic barriers, open economies and harmonize health data for seamless travel. But the future looks bright, and the next decade is there for the taking. We look forward to our 22nd Global Summit later this year in Riyadh, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to mark the next chapter in the sector’s ongoing recovery.”

Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO and board member of the Saudi Tourism Authority, said: “We are excited to welcome the world to experience the excitement and the energy of Saudi. We promise you that the next summit will be fresh, inspiring, and rewarding.”

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Under the theme of ‘Rediscovering Travel’, tourism ministers and travel and tourism leaders from around the world reinforced their determination towards greater cooperation and alignment between the public and private sectors.

WTTC’s latest Economic Impact Report also revealed the travel and tourism sector was expected to create nearly 126 million new jobs within the next decade and travel and tourism’s contribution to GDP could reach pre-pandemic levels by 2023.

WTTC’s major ‘Hotel Sustainability Basics’ sustainability initiative was launched at its Global Summit, providing a starting point to drive sustainability throughout the hospitality sector to power the momentum toward responsible travel and tourism.

The global body also launched its new cyber resilience report, ‘Codes to resilience’, with Microsoft, for the global travel and  tourism sector, which outlined pillars to strengthen cybersecurity for businesses around the world.

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