Saudi Arabia will host the next WTTC World Summit

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Saudi Arabia will host the next WTTC World Summit
Source: WTTC
April 25, 2022

Its Ministry of Tourism assured that it will be the most successful and that it will help to underpin the growth of the sector for the coming years

During the closing session of the Global Summit in Manila, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) announced that the 22nd edition of the event will take place in Riyadh, capital of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from 29 from November to December 2 this year.

In this edition, more than a thousand delegates participated, including the world's main business leaders, government ministers and key decision makers from throughout this industry at a global level, to discuss how to take advantage of the sustained recovery of the sector.

In her closing remarks, Julia Simpson, President and CEO of WTTC, said: "It has been a privilege to bring together so many leaders from across the global Travel & Tourism industry in Manila. This Summit is living proof that nothing is better than meet, share ideas, discuss challenges and reach consensus".

Simpson assured that there is still a lot of work to be done to combat the effects that the pandemic has brought to the sector and to the global economy. He reiterated the importance of reopening borders and standardizing travel procedures

"We look forward to our 22nd Global Summit later this year in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, to mark the next chapter in the sector's ongoing recovery."

The Saudi Arabian Ministry of Tourism assured that the next global tourism summit will be the most successful, which will help underpin the growth of the sector for the coming years.

Ahmed Al Khateeb, Minister of Tourism of Saudi Arabia, has been working hard and with great leadership to hold this event, as well as to strengthen tourism globally.

During the closing ceremony, Fahd Hamidaddin, CEO of the Tourism Authority of that country, said: "We are excited to welcome the world to experience the excitement and energy of KSA.

At the 21st edition of the Global Summit, under the theme "Rediscovering travel", ministers and travel and tourism leaders from around the world reinforced their determination towards greater cooperation and alignment between the public and private sectors.

In the WTTC World Leaders Dialogue session they explored how the sector will continue to adapt to the changes brought about by the pandemic.

Furthermore, the WTTC launched its 'Hotel Sustainability Basics' sustainability initiative, providing a starting point across the hospitality sector towards responsible travel and tourism.

The global body also released its new cyber resilience report, 'Codes to resilience', with Microsoft, for the global travel and tourism industry, outlining the pillars to strengthen cyber security for businesses around the world.

The latest WTTC Economic Impact Report, announced within the framework of this event, indicates that the travel and tourism sector will generate almost 126 million new jobs in the next decade and that the contribution of travel and tourism to GDP could reach levels pre-pandemic by 2023.


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