Plan presented to save 100 million jobs
At a landmark meeting of the G20 on tourism, the WTTC and global private sector leaders agreed on coordination to resume international travel, as well as the implementation of a rapid test protocol
In a historic meeting, the G20 Tourism Ministers met with 45 CEOs and members of the WTTC, who presented a plan to save this industry and recover 100 million jobs in this sector around the world.
The recovery plan proposed by the WTTC includes twelve points aimed at the private sector and twelve for the public sector, focused on ensuring international coordination to resume international travel, as well as the implementation of a rapid test protocol for travelers to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19.
According to the economic model of the WTTC, 100 million jobs could be recovered through solid international collaboration, eliminating travel barriers and with an international test protocol for the departure of tourists, among other actions.
The private sector event was opened by HE Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia and President of the G20 Tourism Track, and by the President and CEO of the WTTC, Gloria Guevara.
This was followed by a keynote address by Chris Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton and President of the WTTC, as well as various participations from CEOs and Ministers representing all regions of the world, including Argentina, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates , Singapore and Spain, who joined the private sector with a unified voice of joint collaboration to accelerate the Travel & Tourism recovery.
Ahmed Al Khateeb, welcomed the business initiative: “On behalf of the G20 Ministers of Tourism, I congratulate the WTTC and its members for their efforts to put people first in the face of the global pandemic, promoting industry and sector collaboration public to implement actions that will protect millions of jobs and livelihoods ”.
Gloria Guevara Manzo, said: “This historic meeting provided the best platform to establish public and private collaboration that will lead to the reconstruction of a sector that has been devastated by the pandemic. On behalf of the WTTC and the private sector, I would like to thank and acknowledge the Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia for their leadership, as well as the G20 Ministers of Tourism, for their collaboration to recover millions of jobs and livelihoods through the resumption of international travel in a safe and efficient way ”.
He assured that it is the first time that CEOs and travel and tourism leaders have been invited to sit in the same forum as the G20 Tourism Ministers, to establish a tangible plan to save the travel and tourism sector. “This plan will have far-reaching consequences, it will bring benefits to the industry as a whole, from aviation to tour operators, taxis, hotels and more. We are happy that the Seamless Traveler Journey has been welcomed by the participants in the meeting, as it will allow a safe return to international travel, "he explained.
Chris Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton and President of the WTTC, delivered an opening message and there were various participations from CEOs and Ministers representing all regions of the world (Argentina, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Spain) , who came together with a unified voice in favor of joint collaboration to accelerate the recovery of travel and tourism.
Alexandre de Juniac, Director General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), said that “it is essential that governments and industry work together to reopen borders safely with systematic COVID-19 testing. The historic participation of the industry in this G20 summit is a good start for the partnership between the government and the industry that will be necessary to reactivate the travel and tourism economy, on which 10 percent of the world's GDP depends. "
Arnold Donald, President and CEO of Carnival Corporation, noted that "the travel and tourism sector has been a major engine in global economic growth for the past 5 years and it is imperative that we work together to restart international travel safely. and efficient ".
Federico González-Tejera, President and CEO of Radisson Hotel Group, said: “We cannot underestimate the power of the public and private sectors coming together to support each other and help rebuild the hotel industry. We recognized this importance earlier this year and played a leadership role in developing the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) "Safe Travel" protocols, a global hospitality framework for a safe return to business. Today, more than ever, we must ensure that the travel industry, the public sector and the private sector have a common global understanding and plan to ensure and protect the safety of travelers, partners, and team members, as our industry continues. to recover, rebuild and reopen its doors ”.
Alex Cruz, Chairman and CEO of British Airways, said: “COVID-19 has triggered the worst crisis in the history of global commercial aviation. To ensure the survival of the industry, we are calling for a common global approach to testing and the creation of regional air corridors, in order to have more flights in the air and the global economy in motion, as soon as possible. Governments must act fast and work together before it is too late. "
Fang Liu, Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), stated: "Governments and industry have worked to develop and align effective responses to the pandemic in air transport and to reconnect the world of travel and tourism. This event provided an invaluable opportunity to underscore the importance of joint collaboration. "
Pierfrancesco Vago, Executive President of MSC Cruises, considered that "this meeting presented a unique opportunity to share our collective experiences and knowledge on how we can work together to restart tourism in a safe and healthy way."
Among the CEOs of the global private sector invited by Saudi Arabia are: Arnold Donald, Carnival Corporation; Keith Barr, IHG; Alex Cruz, British Airways; Kurt Ekert, Carlson Wagonlit; Greg O'Hara, Certares; Federico González, Radisson; Paul Griffiths, Dubai Airports; Tadashi Fujita, Japan Airlines; Gabriel Escarrer, Meliá; Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises; Jane Sun Trip.com; Friedrich Joussen, TUI, and Manfredi Lefebvre, Abercrombie & Kent, among others.
The WTTC has been at the forefront of leading the private sector in pushing to rebuild global consumer confidence and encourage the return of Safe Travels.
WTTC's 2020 Economic Impact Report shows how the travel and tourism sector will be critical to the recovery. He explains that during 2019, Travel & Tourism was responsible for one in 10 jobs (330 million in total), making a contribution of 10.3% to global GDP and generating one in four of all new jobs.
It is also one of the most diverse sectors in the world, employing people of all socioeconomic levels, regardless of gender or ethnicity, with 54% women and 30% young people.