Successful start of the WTTC World Summit in Cancun
The event that culminates today unites top-level officials and executives in a hybrid format and marks the beginning of a new era in the industry
Hundreds of the world's top business leaders, government ministers and key decision makers in the global travel and tourism sector, meet face-to-face at the World Travel and Tourism Council's WTTC Cancun 2021 World Summit.
Under the slogan “Uniting the world for recovery,” the Global Summit will make history by becoming the first global travel and tourism event for leaders to gather since the COVID-19 pandemic devastated the sector and halted all major events around the world, in March 2020.
The WTTC has ensured that strict world-class health and hygiene protocols are in place to protect participants, with testing available to delegates during the Summit.
During the opening ceremony, Carlos Joaquín González, Governor of the State of Quintana Roo, received the Global Leadership Award, for his determined promotion of travel and tourism. The president thanked the distinction and endorsed Quintana Roo's commitment to tourism, health protection and job creation.
Chris Nassetta, Chairman of the WTTC Board of Directors, stated that key leaders from the public and private sector will discuss their experiences and share best practices on topics ranging from driving recovery in the travel and tourism sector to improving sustainability. and inclusion.
He explained that the WTTC Summit will act as a recovery platform and will be the place where a roadmap will be defined to lead the sector towards the reactivation of international travel in the new normal.
Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of the WTTC, said that “the WTTC Global Summit is the most important event on the calendar, as we brought together, for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, the most important representatives of the travel and tourism".
He noted that the most influential leaders from both the public and private sectors will meet face-to-face for the first time in nearly a year as we begin a new chapter in the sector's post-pandemic recovery. Today more than ever, as governments begin to reopen their economies, it is vital that we share knowledge and best practices among travel leaders and political leaders to navigate our path to a responsible recovery, "he said.
The WTTC will also launch a major "Women's Initiative" to work towards removing existing barriers for women within the sector and to implement initiatives for greater success for women. Delegates will also discuss contactless and digital technologies that will become a major force in the aftermath of COVID-19, and will be critical to ensuring safe and smooth travel.
Keynote speakers include former President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos; tennis legend and advocate for women's and environmental issues, Martina Navratilova; the Greek Minister of Tourism, Harry Theocharis; the Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Al Khateeb; Chris Nassetta, President and CEO of Hilton and the WTTC Board of Directors, as well as Arnold Donald, CEO of Carnival Corporation, among others.
There are also leaders from Marriott International; IHG Hotels & Resorts; Iberostar; Expedia; Google; American Express; Airbnb; Japan Airlines and TUI. In addition, leaders of The Travel Corporation; Abercrombie & Kent; Royal Caribbean Cruises; Silversea Cruises will participate in high-profile discussions, as well as in more than 20 government delegations led by Ministers of Tourism from Mexico, Colombia, Spain, Greece, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Panama, the United Kingdom, France, the Philippines and the United States.
The WTTC appreciates the collaboration of key partners such as the Government of Quintana Roo and the Mexican Caribbean, Hilton, American Express, Global Rescue, Palace Resorts, Xpansiv, HSBC, Aeroméxico, PressReader, WorldReach, Expansión, Telmex; Visit Saudi and Iberia Airlines, among others.