The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has
confirmed that its 20th Global Summit, originally scheduled to
take place in Spring 2020, will now take place as a hybrid event
in Cancun, Mexico on 23-25 March 2021.
The hybrid format will include invitations to the
live event at The Moon Palace Convention Centre, with restricted numbers and extensive outdoor sessions
to ensure physical distancing.
Those unable to attend will be able to take part
virtually, with up to 20,000 online free registrations available,
enabling participants to listen to a range of specially invited
international guest speakers headlining the event and engage in
special breakout sessions.
Gloria Guevara, WTTC President & CEO, said, “Every
aspect of the 20th WTTC Global Summit is being explored to ensure
it complies with the world’s best available health and hygiene
protocols to show with best practice, how major conferences can be
held safely and securely in the new normal of the COVID19 world. WTTC wants the Global Summit to learn from the
challenges of the pandemic to showcase how we can use this
experience to adapt to COVID19 and lead the global travel and tourism sector back to recovery and save millions of jobs – and
thousands of businesses large and small – which have been thrown
into turmoil since the beginning of the year.”
Research from the 2019 WTTC Economic Impact Report
revealed how Travel & Tourism was responsible for one in 10 jobs
(330 million in total), making a 10.3% contribution to global GDP
and generating one in four of all new jobs.
Carlos Joaquin Gonzalez, Governor of Quintana Roo
said, “The WTTC Global Summit in Cancun will be the place where we
will discuss the future of tourism in the new world. During the Global Summit, we will implement
enhanced safety and hygiene protocols such as mask wearing,
physical distancing, hygiene and sanitisation, along with fast
turnaround testing, all of which will enable us to host a safe
large-scale event. Today, Cancun Airport operates more than 300
daily flights, and the R rate remains below one.”
Previous Global Summits have attracted some of the
biggest international speakers in the world, including former US
Presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, former UK Prime Minister
David Cameron, former President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, and
former President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso.
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