WTTC participates in the G20 Tourism Ministers meeting
Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council highlighted the important role of the Travel and Tourism industry in world development
Gloria Guevara Manzo President and CEO of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), participated in the Meeting of Tourism Ministers of the G20 (T20), in which they spoke about the challenges they face the tourism sector at a global level and the policies that must be implemented so that the sector maintains its growth rate. Among them, the importance of sustainable tourism was highlighted and for the benefit of visitors and local communities.
Guevara Manzo met with more than 30 Tourism Ministers and representatives of global organizations to discuss the necessary strategies and generate a shift towards a more sustainable industry, in addition to maximizing their contribution to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
During the meeting he highlighted the meeting he had with Isabel Hill, Director of the National Travel and Tourism Office of the United States Department of Commerce; Brigitte Joly, General Director of Innovation, Science and Economic Development of Canada; Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, Minister of Tourism of South Africa; Julianne Merriman, Undersecretary of Competitiveness and Commercial Commitment of Australia, who pledged to strengthen ties with the WTTC and establish a joint agenda for the benefit of the Travel and Tourism industry of these countries.
In this regard, the President and CEO of the WTTC said: “As recognized in the Osaka Leaders Declaration of the G20, tourism continues to be an important driver of global economic growth, but it also presents challenges and that is why we are here, to look for joint solutions for the benefit of all countries ”.
"I take the opportunity I have today to recognize and congratulate the Government of Japan, for prioritizing tourism and supporting its growth with the correct implementation of public policies that have triggered the arrival of more international visitors," he added.
“I call for all governments, together with the private sector, to work to ensure that the growth of the sector is sustainable and all decisions are always taken by listening to the needs of destinations and the population, which are the main driver of the industry, ”he said.
The Asia-Pacific region is one of the most important for the so-called 'industry without chimneys', because according to WTTC data it contributes 2.9 trillion dollars (9.9% of global GDP) and generated 180 million places last year, which they meant 9.3% of total jobs in the world.
While Japan represents the third largest tourist power in the world, since during 2018 the sector at the local level had a growth of 3.6%, contributed 367 thousand 700 million dollars (7.7% of GDP) and created 4.6 million jobs.
The President and CEO took advantage of her visit to attend the ‘JATA Tourism Expo Japan 2019’, the most important tourist fair in the Japanese market, which was held for the first time this year in the city of Osaka.
Internationally recognized as one of the most important events of the Travel and Tourism industry in Asia, this expo presents Japan as a power in this activity worldwide, as it brings together more than 50,000 professionals who develop great business opportunities among companies of the sector.
During her participation in the Third Ministerial Roundtable, the executive highlighted the importance of the region for the global economy and, above all, for the Travel and Tourism industry.
According to the latest research by the WTTC, the Travel and Tourism sector contributes with 10.4% of world GDP and 319 million jobs. In addition, it is predicted that 100 million additional jobs will be generated in the sector over the next decade.