CANCUN, MEXICO: At the closure of the World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) Global Summit. Leaders of the world's leading private and public sector Travel & Tourism calls on to safely restart international travel.
In the forum, leaders share their experiences from the last 12 devastating months, which had greatly affected the Travel & Tourism sector, and discussed how together they could safely restart international travel while looking to an even more sustainable and inclusive future.
The Global Summit is also named Carnival Corporation President and CEO Arnold Donald, as new Chair of WTTC, representing the global private Travel & Tourism sector.
Following the massive success of the three-day Cancun Global Summit, WTTC announced Manila, capital of the Philippines, will be the host of its next Global Summit, with dates to be confirmed.
In a world-first, WTTC organized the event for the first time since the pandemic outbreak - with tens of thousands more joining virtually - while complying with strict world-class health and hygiene protocols.
Hundreds of the world's foremost business leaders, government ministers, and key decision-makers from across the global Travel & Tourism sector joined together. Regular testing was made available for all delegates attending for the duration of the summit to ensure their safety was paramount.
"WTTC brought together exceptional leaders from across the private and public sectors throughout Travel & Tourism at our Global Summit, united in their desire to safely revive international travel. Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO said.
"Our very presence here shows that we can resume international travelling once more by observing the latest health and safety protocols, which WTTC has helped develop for businesses large and small throughout the sector.
"Together we have shown that with a united front, both the private and public sectors in Travel & Tourism can drive change and get the world moving again so that we can start travelling, exploring and sharing our experiences face-to-face.
"We concluded our Global Summit here in Cancun, confident that together we can revive a sector which will generate the world's economic recovery and bring people back together thanks to the amazing benefits international Travel & Tourism can bring.
"I would like to thank Chris Nassetta for his dedication and commitment over the past three years. He has been instrumental in making WTTC what it is today.
"Now we embark on a new chapter with Arnold Donald as WTTC's next Chair and look forward to our next Global Summit which will take place in Manila in the Philippines later this year."
Under the theme of 'Uniting the World for Recovery,' Tourism Ministers worldwide and senior Travel & Tourism business leaders agreed that the need for greater public and private collaboration.
The growing importance of using digital technology, such as biometrics, a significant force in the post-COVID-19 world, was critical to creating a contactless, safe and seamless traveller journey.
WTTC is also committed to work towards a more inclusive and sustainable future.
The Global Summit saw the signing of the WTTC Women's Initiative Declaration, which recognized the contribution of women worldwide and the importance of an equal, equitable environment for women to thrive as leaders, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
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