WTM Virtual started with great success

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WTM Virtual started with great success
Simon Press, WTM
Tue November 10, 2020

Yesterday began the event that unites travel and tourism professionals from around the world through a robust online platform

WTM Virtual has started yesterday morning and runs until November 11. Conferences, sessions and meetings for business development are being held through the latest generation online platform.

The event includes the International Travel Forward Virtual Tourism and Investment Conference (ITIC).

The conference sessions will also host the world's leading politicians, prominent academics, health experts and the media, as the travel industry plans to recover in 2021.

Highlights on next week's agenda include:

Euromonitor International Global Tourism Forecasts
The ITIC - International Conference on Tourism and Investments
Responsible tourism program
Aviation sessions with chiefs of the main low-cost airlines Ryanair and JetBlue
The Summit of Ministers of the UNWTO, WTTC and WTM
The first meeting of tourism ministers from Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain since the historic signing of the Abraham Accords.

Euromonitor International's report, which was released yesterday, explains why global tourism will take between three and five years to recover from Covid-19. Titled, “Called Accelerating Travel Innovations After Coronavirus,” the study also reveals how the travel industry is innovating to survive the devastating impact of the pandemic.

The International Tourism and Investment Conference (ITIC) will have the mission statement to "Invest, finance and rebuild the travel and tourism industry." It will have a ministerial panel and a summit with industry heads, politicians and experts.

The Responsible Tourism Program runs over two days, with eight conference sessions with authorized speakers from the public and private sectors. Today, the sessions will be: Resilience & COVID 19; Rebuild better; Tourism and Biodiversity; and decarbonization of aviation.

Tomorrow's sessions will be: Responsible Tourism in India; Racism in tourism; Certification and consumer choice; and Can we improve tourism?

Turbulence in aviation will be discussed during the three days of WTM Virtual, yesterday beginning with a debate on trends and forecasts. Entitled "The Long-Term Evolution of Aviation Activity After the Coronavirus Pandemic," it featured experience from Virgin Atlantic, Boeing, IATA and Tourism Economics.

WTM aviation expert John Strickland will interview Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair today and will interview JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes today.

The Annual Summit of Ministers of the UNWTO, the WTTC and the WTM that took place yesterday was the largest gathering of its kind. Travel recovery and innovations to address Covid-19 and sustainability have been discussed.

In addition, the meeting "Tourism: the path to peace in the Middle East" was held with the Ministers of Tourism of Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. New travel and tourism opportunities and the role of the sector in supporting peace in the region have been discussed.

Simon Press, Sinior Director of WTM London stated: "The travel and tourism industry is facing its worst crisis in living memory, WTM Virtual provides a crucial platform to plan the rebound, reconnect with business partners, forge new connections and learn about the best way forward. "

"Since 1980, WTM has provided an essential forum for the industry to do business, network and learn about market trends."

"2020 is the year in which you must maintain global connections, build those networks and understand what is happening in these extraordinary and challenging times."

"Our delegates will be able to stay ahead of the curve and lay a strong foundation for recovery and innovation in 2021."


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