WTTC Global Summit to be held in Cancun in March
It will be a hybrid physical-virtual summit, with the most advanced hygiene and safety protocols
The twentieth edition of the Global Summit of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), will be held in Cancun, Mexico, from March 23 to 25, 2021, and will be the first major international conference on the new normal of COVID-19.
The WTTC, which represents the global private sector of travel and tourism, will carry out this event
in a hybrid way (physical-virtual) with outdoor sessions to ensure social distancing, applying the most advanced hygiene and safety protocols to guarantee the health of participants.
The hybrid format of the summit will include an approximate number of a thousand participants in person, and a virtual participation is estimated to exceed 20 thousand registrations, which will allow those interested to hear international speakers.
The Global Summit will seek to establish a consensus on international coordination to face this pandemic and any other crisis, in a public-private partnership, and restore confidence to travel safely.
In a joint press conference, Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of the WTTC, and the Governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquín González, explained that this innovative format is done with responsibility and consistency in the face of the new normality in the world.
Gloria Guevara explained that it is intended to hold the event on that date, and at this time all aspects of the WTTC Global Summit are analyzed and how to use this experience to adapt to COVID-19 and lead the travel and tourism sector back to recovery, saving millions of jobs and thousands of companies that have been affected around the world.
“We will show the world how important conferences can be held safely in the new normal. Mexico and Cancun will be an example worldwide, "he said.
He pointed out that the Summit will also mark a historic event, since the WTTC will present four initiatives: 1) Against human trafficking, 2) Support for women (students who start their working lives, employees of corporations to ensure equal opportunities and female owners of SMEs, with access to credit and training, 3) Sustainability and 4) Digital Agenda.
For his part, the governor of Quinta Roo, Carlos Joaquín González commented that this type of event is essential to achieve the recovery of jobs and economic activity. "Recently, Cancun successfully hosted the Annual Notaries Meeting with more than 1,200 participants without any setback, which shows us that we are taking the appropriate and necessary actions to continue to appeal to national and international tourists," he said. .
“Cancun will be the place where they will talk and debate about the new ways of doing tourism with this new way of life that we have today. We have adapted our security protocols, reinforcing habits and customs such as the obligation to wear face masks, maintain a healthy distance, hand washing and the use of antibacterial gel, which in addition to the practice of rapid tests allows us to be in a position to receive large events like the WTTC World Summit and today we are carrying out more than 300 operations a day at the Cancun International Airport ”, explained the governor.
José Chapur, President of Grupo Palace Resorts, host of the next World Summit, thanked the WTTC and the state government for their trust in holding this important event at their facilities, which have the Safe Travels Stamp and the highest standards of hygiene and safety.
The Global Summit, which was postponed from spring 2020 due to the pandemic, will be held in this important internationally recognized destination.
In previous editions, the summit has had the participation of former US presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton; the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron; the former president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, and the former president of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, among others.