World tourism on the road to recovery
Gloria Guevara Manzo, president and CEO of the WTTC, said that the results achieved during the World Summit exceed expectations and will allow to lay the foundations to resume activity and give greater dynamism to the sector
At the conclusion of the work of the WTTC World Summit, which was held in Cancun from April 25 to 27, representatives of the global travel and tourism industry highlighted that the sector is on the right path to recovery.
Gloria Guevara Manzo, president and CEO of the WTTC, said that the results achieved during the World Summit exceed expectations and will allow to lay the foundations to resume activity and give greater dynamism to the sector, severely affected by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. .
"We are very satisfied with the achievements made during the global meeting, especially with the announcement made by businessmen to invest 2.5 billion dollars in tourism projects in our country, which will generate more than 100,000 jobs," he declared.
“Another important result of the meeting was the launch of the Cancun Declaration, which will give a decisive boost to the inclusion of women, as well as the education and training tasks aimed at this important sector of the population; It is enough to remember that 54 percent of the workforce in the tourism sector corresponds to women ”, he added.
“We are grateful to the 20 international delegations from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the United States, Portugal, New Zealand and Turkey, and the enthusiastic participation of more than 100 speakers in our event, which will mark the path to recovery. of the travel and tourism sector ”, added Guevara Manzo.
He warned that it is important to redouble efforts to move this industry forward. "If mobility and international travel are resumed in June this year, they will significantly boost GDP globally and nationally, as well as the recovery of jobs lost during the health emergency," he said.
For his part, Carlos Joaquín González, Governor of the State of Quintana Roo, in a joint press conference, thanked the business community for their trust in celebrating the work of the WTTC World Summit in Cancun, Quintana Roo, which represents a huge sale of tourism promotion for the Mexican Caribbean and for the country as a whole.
He stressed that the Summit will mark a before and after for tourism, which now has a road map to move forward, with teamwork between the public and private sectors.
The World Summit had the participation of more than 20 government delegations including: Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Spain, United States, Portugal, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama among others. More than 1,000 antigen tests were carried out on all delegates, media, technicians, support personnel.
The objective of holding a global summit with bisoecurity standards for the protection of attendees was achieved. Each action was documented, to make it clear that international events can be held by applying protocols to guarantee the safety of all attendees.
Additionally, there was the virtual participation of the presidents of France, Emanuel Macrom; the President of the Government of Spain, Pedro Sánchez; the President of Bermuda, David Burt; and Joko Widodo, President of Indonesia.
Hundreds of business and investment meetings were held between entrepreneurs, officials and others. Also present was the former president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, who gave an interesting talk on the transition from the crisis to recovery.
According to WTTC estimates, with the resumption of travel towards the summer period, the sector's contribution to world GDP could dramatically increase this year by 48.5% year-on-year. In addition, it shows that its contribution could reach almost the same levels of 2019 in 2022, with a new year-on-year increase of 25.3%.
If global vaccine implementation continues at the same pace and travel restrictions are relaxed before the summer season, 62 million jobs lost in 2020 could return by 2022.
That is why the WTTC strongly advocates the resumption of safe international travel in June this year, if governments follow four recovery principles, including: an international departure testing regime for all unvaccinated travelers, to remove quarantines; improved health and hygiene protocols and the mandatory use of masks; switch to individual traveler risk assessments instead of country risk assessments; and finally, continued support for the sector, including tax, liquidity and worker protection.
Additionally, the WTTC believes that the introduction of digital health passes, such as the "Digital Green Certificate" in the European Union, will support the recovery of the travel and tourism sector.
Members of the World Travel and Tourism Council agreed that their next annual meeting will be held in Manila, Philippines, in late 2021.