WTTC announces former UK Prime Minister Theresa May as keynote speaker
Theresa May is the second keynote speaker announced for the 22nd World Summit. Former United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will also address delegates
The World Travel and Tourism Council ( WTTC ) features Theresa May as a keynote speaker at its upcoming Global Summit in Saudi Arabia, along with former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon , which will take place between November 28 and December 1st.
Theresa May served as Prime Minister from 2016 to 2019 and the second-longest-serving post-war Home Minister, serving for six years from 2010 to 2016.
May is the second female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after Margaret Thatcher and the first to hold two Great Offices of State.
Last year, May was appointed chair of the Aldersgate Group, an alliance that drives action for a sustainable economy.
Taking place in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from November 28 to December 1, the world tourism body's highly anticipated 22nd Global Summit is the most influential travel and tourism event on the calendar.
During the Global Summit, industry leaders from a sector worth more than 10% of global GDP (before the pandemic) will meet with government officials from around the world in the Saudi capital to continue aligning efforts to support the recovery of the travel and tourism sector and address the challenges. forward, to guarantee a safer, more resilient, inclusive and sustainable sector.
Julia Simpson, WTTC President and CEO, said: “Theresa May has a long-standing interest in the environment and, as Prime Minister, launched the '25 Year Environment Plan' to tackle issues like plastic waste. In 2019, she formally committed the UK to achieving 'net zero' emissions by 2050, making Britain the first major economy to do so.
“During the pandemic, Theresa May was concerned about the uncoordinated global response and showed great political leadership calling for evidence-based international cooperation.
"Our event will bring together many of the world's most powerful leaders in our industry to discuss and secure its long-term future, which is critical to economies and jobs around the world."
South Korean diplomat Ban Ki-Moon, who served as the eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations from 2007 to 2016, will also personally address delegates at this prestigious event.