High-level WTTC confab set to tackle industry challenges

Posted: February 22, 2012 in travel & tourism

It is only two months until 1,000 travel and tourism leaders will gather in Sendai and Tokyo from April 16 to 19 to discuss and debate some major issues facing the industry, during the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) 12th Global Summit.

The Global Summit is the pre-eminent event in the global travel and tourism calendar each year and is attended by industry and government leaders from around the world. As such, the summit offers an unparalleled platform for speakers from within and beyond the industry to share their views with an international audience of prominent business, financial, political, and media leaders.

This year’s Global Summit will tackle some of the biggest questions in the industry with the overall theme of “Leading a Dynamic Industry through Turbulent Times.”

David Scowsill, President and CEO, WTTC, said: “The travel and tourism industry is in a unique position to power sustainable growth. It has been a turbulent twelve months, including unrest in Africa and the Middle East, impacting on traveler patterns, and last year’s devastating earthquake in Japan. Now it is more important than ever for us to discuss on how to ‘Lead a Dynamic Industry through such turbulent times’ and restore its economic power globally. This year’s Global Summit aims to inform the travel and tourism industry on how this can be achieved globally.”

The summit will be held in two locations to mark recent significant events in Japan: Sendai City (April 16-17, and Tokyo (April 17-19).

Hot topics are on the agenda for April 18 and 19, which are designed to inform delegates how to effectively lead the industry through difficult times. Sessions include Japan: Where Now Where Next; Our Rapidly Changing World; Airlines: Their Role & Ever-Changing Nature; Our Story: Speaking with one Voice; Understanding Tomorrow’s Consumers; and Tourism for Tomorrow.

High-level industry leaders representing every sector of the global travel and tourism industry are expected to participate in speaker sessions, interviews, and panel debates. Some of the speakers include:  Gordon Wilson, President & CEO, Travelport Limited; James Hogan, CEO of Etihad Airways, Kaori Enjoji, Tokyo Bureau Chief, CNBC, Nick Ross, Presenter, BBC, Mr. Marthinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Tourism, South Africa.

Others are: Willie Walsh, Former CEO of BA, current CEO International Airlines Group, Shinichiro Ito, President & CEO, All Nippon Airways Co., Ltd., Siza Mzimela, CEO, South African Airways, Mr.  Taleb Rifai, Secretary-General of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Mr. Najib Mohamed Balala, Minister for Tourism, Kenya, as well as other CEOs from a host of the world’s leading Travel & Tourism organizations.

David Scowsill continued: “Having the Global Summit in Sendai and Tokyo sends a clear message about our commitment to showing that Japan in general, and the Tohoku region in particular, have recovered from last year’s tragic events only a year after and are ready to rediscover their position among the world’s premier tourism destinations.”

The Global Summit will take place in the Westin Sendai on April 16-17 and at the International Convention Centre Pamir in Tokyo on April 17-19.

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