The annual World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Global Summit will be held in the Philippines in March 2022, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat announced.
"We will be hosting this. This would be March of 2022. So the Philippines is already chosen. Actually, it was already approved by the IATF," she said
The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) had already approved to hold the summit in the country since health and safety protocols are properly in place before and during the summit proper, Puyat stated.
She also said that over 800 delegates representing the largest and most prominent international travel and tourism companies are expected to attend the WTTC Global Summit.
The summit was supposed to be held this October; however, due to global travel restrictions, the event was moved to March 2022.
The Department of Tourism (DOT) is also optimistic that the summit will help spur the recovery of the tourism sector as international travel remains limited across the globe.
"Many of our tourism products have been recalibrated to cater to the shifting demands of the new normal. I can assure you that future visitors of the country will still be able to experience the high caliber service and hospitality that Filipinos are renowned for," she said.
PH to be a MICE Hub
The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the marketing arm of the DOT, is already taking initiatives to make the country the meetings, incentive travels, conferences, and exhibitions (MICE) hub at least within the Southeast Asian region.
These include hosting the 8th edition of the Philippine MICE Conference next month, where MICE professionals will tackle key issues and concerns affecting the industry.
One of the initiatives is to make a MICE roadmap to identify Philippine destinations that are ready, willing, and able to host future MICE events, most especially under the new normal.
Puyat said that, as domestic travel gradually resumes, the DOT would continue its vaccination of tourism workers primarily in tourist-magnet destinations.
Furthermore, the department is also pushing to reduce the required quarantine days for future inbound travelers for the total recovery of the sector amid massive revenue and job losses.