WTTC announces speakers for its 21st World Summit in the Philippines

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WTTC announces speakers for its 21st World Summit in the Philippines
Source: WTTC
March 30, 2022

The World Travel & Tourism Council ( WTTC ) introduces its speakers for the annual event including Indonesian/Dutch activist Melati Wijsen

At just 12 years old, activist Melati Wijsen founded Bye Bye Plastics, a global movement driven by young people from around the world to end the use of plastic bags, and in 2018, along with her sister, she was named one of the " most influential teenagers in the world" by Tiempo magazine.

Taking place in Manila, Philippines from April 20-22, the world tourism body's highly anticipated 21st World Summit is the most influential travel and tourism event on the calendar.

Industry leaders will meet with more than 20 government representatives in Manila to continue aligning efforts to support the recovery of the sector and move towards a safer, more resilient, inclusive and sustainable future.

South Korean politician Ban Ki-Moon, who served as the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations between 2007 and 2016, will also virtually address delegates at this prestigious event.

Tourism Ministers from around the world, including Spain, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand, Japan, Maldives and Barbados, among others, will also take the stage at the World Summit.

Julia Simpson, President and CEO of WTTC, said: “We are delighted to have such influential speakers already confirmed for our Global Summit in Manila.

“Melati is an inspiration to all of us. A true change-maker, who from such a young age has been instrumental in raising awareness of the harm caused by plastic and has inspired young people around the world to lead change.

“After more than two years, the region is perfectly positioned to record the losses caused by the pandemic. The WTTC Global Summit will act as a catalyst to drive the recovery of a sector that is critical for both the economy and jobs.”

Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Philippines Secretary of Tourism, said: “Preparations are underway to ensure the success of the WTTC Global Summit in Manila, which serves as the light at the end of the tunnel after a long period of darkness for tourism. world.

“It is heartening that these inspiring individuals have joined our efforts to lead the industry towards a full recovery,” added Puyat.

Other notable speakers taking to the stage during the Global Summit will include international business leaders such as Arnold Donald, Chairman and CEO of Carnival Corporation and Chairman of WTTC; Greg O'Hara, Founder and Senior General Manager of Certares and Vice Charman at WTTC; Craig Smith, group president of the international division of Marriott International; Maria Anthonette Velasco-Allones, director of operations for the Philippine Tourism Promotion Board; Federico González, executive director of Radisson; and Nelson Boyce, Head of Americas Travel for Google Inc.

A hybrid event, the WTTC Global Summit will also feature Kelly Craighead, President and CEO of CLIA; Jane Sun, CEO of Trip.com, Ariane Gorin, President of Expedia for Business; and Darrell Wade, president of the Intrepid Group; Among others.

More speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.

The WTTC Global Summit takes place in the Philippines at a time when the country and the region begin to recover from the pandemic and will showcase the importance of travel and tourism in the region.

Recent research from WTTC shows that the forecast for the Asia Pacific region could see its travel and tourism sector close to pre-pandemic levels this year.

According to the research, the sector's contribution to the region's GDP could reach USD 2.9 trillion, close to pre-pandemic levels, while employment could exceed 190 million jobs, exceeding 2019 figures. and providing five million additional jobs to the sector.

To approach pre-pandemic levels this year, the WTTC says governments in the region and around the world must continue to focus on vaccine rollout and boosting, allowing fully vaccinated travelers to move freely. without the need to be tested.

WTTC World Summit in Manila is sponsored by Resorts World Manila, Global Rescue, Okada Manila, Turkish Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, Etihad Airways, Philippine Airlines, Tourism Promotion Board Philippines, Hilton Manila, UBE Express, Inc., Tieza, Nissan Philippines, Inc., Press Reader, SSI Group, Xpansiv.


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